Edit: The permit has been sold, but I'm leaving this post up here for reference. Thanks!
A family member of mine is retiring and selling his Lobster Operator Permit. Asking price is $65,000. This is for a West Coast permit, currently held in Newport Beach, CA. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Price includes transfer fee.
Since 1996, there has been a restricted access program in place by the Department of Fish and Game to limit the number of Operator Permits in circulation, to help maintain the abundance of California Spiny Lobsters. It's important to note that while the number of permits is restricted, the amount of traps which any licensed lobster fishermen can implement is not.