Maritimes Region: Application for Licence Issued Pursuant to Section 52 of the Fishery (General) Regulations


The information you provide on this form is collected under the authority of the Fishery (General) Regulations for the purpose of determining eligibility for a licence, and to create the licence and related conditions for a licence to fish for Scientific, Experimental, Educational, Public Display or Aquatic Invasive Species control purposes. The information may be used for planning or management, reporting, safety or security purposes, audit, evaluation, statistical, research, policy development, administration or enforcement of a law, the detection, prevention, or suppression of crime, and/or investigative purposes and disclosed to Parks Canada (PC) when a licence is issued in a park under PC’s jurisdiction. Failure to provide this personal information may result in your licence being denied. You have the right to the correction of, access to, and protection of, your personal information under the Privacy Act and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada over DFO’s handling of your information. Personal information collected through the processing of your application is described in the Personal Information Bank, DFO PPU 085 and can be accessed and assessed for accuracy.

Important Notes

  1. Species At Risk:

If the proposed activity has the potential to affect a Species at Risk listed as endangered or threatened, or their residence or critical habitat, applicants may need a Species at Risk Act (SARA) Permit (refer to SARA sections 32, 33, and subsection 58(1)).

Additional information, including a SARA Permit Application form, can be found online at:

For further information, please contact the Species at Risk Management Division, Maritimes Region by phone at 1-866-891-0771 or by email at

  1. Marine Protected Areas:

There are several Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in DFO Maritimes Region. These areas have been established to protect particular species, habitats, and/or ecological features.

A list of MPAs can be found online at:

If the proposed activity will be carried out within any of these MPAs, please contact for more information, as additional approvals are required.

  1. Sensitive Benthic Areas:

Multiple locations in DFO Maritimes Region have been closed to bottom-contact fishing activities in order to protect sensitive benthic habitat and species. A list of these conservation closures can be found online at:

If the proposed research involves bottom-contact activities within any of these conservation areas, please email: for more information.

  1. Educational Purposes:

Activities associated with capturing aquatic organisms for the sole purpose of demonstrating sampling techniques, aquatic diversity, biological principles and public relations. This may include retaining organisms for further analysis.

  1. Public Display:

Activities associated with capturing organisms for the purpose of retaining the animals (dead or alive) and displaying these in public venues. Examples would be school aquaria, "touch tanks", "living streams", etc. The organisms are specifically destined to be removed from the wild and held in captivity and are not to be returned to the wild after capture. Generally, these organisms would be destroyed after the public display purposes are fulfilled. (Fee $100.00)

  1. Scientific Purposes:

Activities associated with capturing aquatic organisms for the purpose of measuring species abundance, distribution, and biological characteristics for the purpose of assessing stock status, for environmental impact assessment, for environmental monitoring programs or for experiments in field or laboratory. These activities are not intended to evaluate feasibility of fisheries but would include activities associated with gear selectivity experiments.

  1. Aquatic Invasive Species Control Purposes:

Activities associated with controlling aquatic invasive species, as identified under the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations. For more information, please visit:

  1. Introduction of live Fish:

If the proposed activity has the potential to introduce live fish into fish habitat or transfer live fish to or between fish rearing facilities, applicants may require a licence pursuant to Section 56 of the Fishery (General) Regulations.

Additional information concerning the application process and provincial contacts

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