The Board of Pilot Commissioners (Board) for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun is the oversight body that licenses and regulates maritime pilots who guide vessels entering or leaving those bays and navigate on their tributaries to Sacramento and Stockton. The Board's area of jurisdiction also extends to ships entering and leaving Monterey Bay.
The Board's responsibilities include training, licensing, incident investigation and rate recommendation. The seven members of the Board are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate, and the Secretary of the Transportation Agency is an ex-officio member. The Board was established in California's first Legislative Session. It has been in continuous existence since 1850.
All of the operational expenses of the Board are funded by a surcharge on the shipping industry, set by the Board, on legislatively established pilotage fees. A pilot continuing education training program and a pilot trainee training program are funded by two separate surcharges on vessel movements set by the Board.