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New inshore regulations – Protecting independent harvesters

We’re taking action to ensure local fish harvesters in Atlantic Canada and Quebec maintain their independence. The benefits derived from a fishing licence belong to the licence holder and we want to keep it that way.

The new regulations take full effect on April 1, 2021. They’ll strengthen the rules governing inshore licences with enforceable requirements.

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Title: New inshore regulations – Protecting independent harvesters

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Audio 1: We’re taking action to ensure local fish harvesters in Atlantic Canada and Quebec maintain their independence.

The benefits derived from a fishing licence belong to the licence holder and we want to keep it that way.

We’ve had policies to do this for a long time, but now it’s the law.

The inshore fishing sector has asked for this change for decades.

The new regulations take full effect on April 1, 2021.

They’ll strengthen the rules governing inshore licences with enforceable requirements.

Visual 1: New Inshore Regulations

Protecting Independent Harvesters

April 1st

Audio 2: That means we’ll enforce the rules to ensure the inshore Independent Core licence holder is controlling the licence – when and how to fish, who is on the crew, and where the catch is landed.

Visual 2: The inshore Independent Core licence holder:

  1. Participates in the fishery
  2. Benefits from the fish they catch
  3. Makes all the decisions for their operations

Audio 3: The licence holder must now keep records of the crew who are on board the vessel on every fishing trip and those records must be kept for at least five years.

Visual 3: Crew Registry

  • Name
  • Fisher Identification Number or Provincial Fisher’s Certificate
  • Vessel
  • Species
  • Fishing Trip Start Date
  • Fishing Trip End Date

Audio 4: When an inshore fish harvester or their representative goes to pay licence fees, they’ll need to make a Declaration that the licence holder is compliant with the new regulations.

Once the Declaration has been made, the licence fees can be paid.

Visual 4:

Declaration of inshore Regulations Compliance

Declaration

Before proceeding to “Pay Now” in the National Online Licensing System (NOLS), you must declare that you meet all relevant Fisheries and oceans Canada statutory, policy, and regulatory requirements applicable to the licence for which you are applying.

By checking this box, you are declaring regulatory compliance.

> Back > Pay Now > National Online Licensing Transaction Statement

Audiovisual 5: The new regulations mean that the licence holder is:

  • Controlling all decisions related to the licence
  • Making a Declaration of compliance
  • Keeping a crew registry

Audio 6: These regulations will protect the independence of inshore fish harvesters.

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