Consultation on fish harvester registration

Current status: Closed

We’re looking for feedback on proposed changes to the requirements for fish harvester registration.


Currently, fish harvesters (licence holders and crew) must:

We’re proposing a change that would remove the obligation to register with DFO if you’re certified by a recognized provincial certification board.

These changes would:

Instead of paying a registration fee to DFO, you’d need to:

In provinces where certification boards don’t exist, DFO would maintain its current registration process.

Certification boards

Certification boards provide fish harvesters with a form of trade certification in recognition of professional standards related to training and experience. They help develop the skills of new entrants to the fishing industry and upgrade the skills of more experienced fish harvesters.

They help with training in (among other areas):

DFO supports the work carried out by certification boards and the services they provide to fish harvesters.


We’re looking for comments from:


Your feedback will be used as input into potential regulatory amendments.

Changes will likely be proposed to the:

When and where

The online consultation will be available until the end of February 2018.

How to participate

To participate in the consultation:

Contact us

National Fisheries Policy
200 Kent St
Ottawa ON  K1A 0E6