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Commercial fisheries licensing policy for Eastern Canada - 1996

Chapter One - Presentation

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose of Policy Document
  3. Legislative Background
  4. Aboriginal Access
  5. What is a Licence?
    1. General
    2. Fishing Licence
    3. Future Commitment
  6. Licensing Principles
  7. Licensing Parameters

Chapter Two - General Policy Framework

  1. Application of Policy
  2. Terminology

Chapter Three - General Policy Guidelines

  1. Reform Strategy
  2. General Policy Guidelines
  3. Vessel Registration
  4. Leasing of a Foreign Registered Vessel
  5. Foreign Ownership
  6. Fleet Separation Policy
  7. Change of Licence Holder
    1. Newfoundland Region
    2. Maritimes Region - Gulf Sector
  8. Licence Splits
  9. Residency, Home Port or Area of Historical Fishing
  10. Disposition of Licence(s) in Case of Death of Licence Holder
  11. Disposition of Licence(s) in Case of Bankruptcy of a Corporation
  12. Issuance of New Regular Licences
  13. Issuance of Exploratory Licences
  14. Vessel Repossession

Chapter Four - Vessel Replacement Rules for Vessels Less than 19.8M (65') LOA

  1. Vessel Replacement Rules

Chapter Five - Policies for Vessels 19.8m (65') LOA and Greater

  1. Processing at Sea Policy
  2. Factory Freezer Trawler Policy - Groundfish - 1996-2000
  3. Vessel Replacement Rules
  4. Temporary Vessel Replacement Program

Chapter Six - Seal Licensing Policy for Eastern Canada

  1. Application of the Policy
  2. Interpretation
  3. Exemptions
  4. Type of Licence
  5. Eligibility

Chapter Seven - Appeal Process and Procedures

  1. Access to Appeal Process
  2. Appeal System (Structure)

Chapter Eight - Policy Amendments

  1. Amendment Procedures
  2. Consultations
  3. Notification of Licensing Policy Amendments


  1. Annex I - Key Licences
  2. Annex II - Fisheries Deemed Either Vessel-Based or Non-Vessel Based
  3. Annex III - Limited Entry Fisheries
  4. Annex IV - Footnotes
  5. Annex V - Appeal Committee Structure
  6. Annex VI - Equivalent Cubic Number
  7. Annex VII - List of Inshore Licences Held by Corporations since 1978


1. All persons making use of this document are reminded that it has no official sanction and its content may change without prior notice. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans should be consulted for all purposes of interpreting and applying this policy.

2. In this document, words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine gender.

3. Notwithstanding the provisions specified in this Licensing Policy Document, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans retains complete discretion to approve an exception to these provisions.

4. This policy document replaces any previous ones.

Communications Directorate
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E6

©Minister of Supply and Services
Canada 1996

Cat. No. Fs 23-88/1996
ISBN 0-662-62607-9
Edition 1996

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