Application for transporting licence category D
This form is for information purposes only.
To fill out a copy of this form, please download the or PDF version, and follow the instructions on the form for submission.
Note: New requirements for all commercial vessels transporting salmon for the 2017/2018 fishing season. The new conditions for the salmon fisheries include a requirement to submit fish slips for all fish transferred to any commercial vessel transporting salmon; the requirement to maintain a salmon transfer log on board the vessel receiving fish; and a phone-in hail requirement to the DFO Fishery Manager. A copy of the salmon transfer log template is available on DFO website at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/licence-permis/forms/2017/smon-trans-log-journal-eng.html
Issuance of a commercial transporting licence is subject to annual review. Information on this form will be verified.
1. Vessel information: Identify the vessel to be used for transporting
DFO use only
2. Vessel owner information
DFO use only
Province, Postal Code:
Date Of Birth:
3. Report of expected commercial transport operation
DFO use only
Verify Expected Transport
Attach written confirmation from the company/individual that this vessel will transport for, including the company name, vessel name, contact person and telephone number.
How many days will this vessel be engaged in the transporting of fish?
What species of fish will be transported?
Will you be operating as a cash buyer?
4. Verification of transport operation for the previous year
DFO use only
Verify Previous Transport (Fishslips)
YR. # / YR # / YR # :
All previous landing reports and contracts will be verified. If a vessel did not participate in transporting, the application may not be accepted.
How many days was this vessel engaged in the transporting of fish?
What species of fish was transported?
Did you operate as a cash buyer?
5. Fee payment and receipt of licence
a) Upon receipt of your application in our office, we will make the fee available to be paid in your National Online Licensing System (NOLS) account, and you will be notified by e-mail. When you pay the fee, we receive a payment notification via NOLS.
b) Upon receipt of the payment notification via NOLS, we will process the licence and you may print the licence and conditions oflicence, as well as the official receipt, from your NOLS account.
DFO use only
Verify Signing Authority
I herby certify that I am the person named above or am an authorized signing officer on record with the Pacific Fishery Licence Unit for the above noted company.
Industry is reminded that licences are only a privilege to fish issued at the Minister's discretion.
Licences are not an asset and do not convey any property rights to the licence holder
DFO use only
Amount due: $30.00
Paid by (FIN):
Transporting licence application information
On September 1 2013, licensing service counters closed at the Pacific Fishery Licence Units. From that date, a web-based information system has replaced in-person payments of licensing fees at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) offices. In general, harvesters will use the new National Online Licensing System (NOLS) to go online to pay for and print their commercial fishing licences and licence conditions. Please complete this application and forward to our office via e-mail or NOLS ‘submit request’. Once verified and processed, the applicable $30 fee will be made available in your NOLS account, you will be sent a notification by e-mail, and the fee may be paid online in NOLS (‘pay fees’). We receive your payment notification, and then process the licence. You are sent a notification via e-mail, and the licence and conditions of licence and official receipt may be printed from your NOLS account (‘print documents’).
Under Section 24 of the Pacific Fishery Regulations, transporting fish harvested during commercial fishing is not permitted unless the vessel is registered and licensed to be used in commercial fishing or a transporting, category D licence has been issued in respect of the vessel.
- Transporting licences are unlimited entry and vessel based. A transporting licence may only be placed on an unlicensed vessel. Transport licences do not allow freezing of fish. Fish may be frozen on the licensed fishing vessel and transhipped to a vessel for transport
- Any vessel based licence (i.e.) salmon, schedule II species, geoduck, sablefish, halibut, crab, shrimp trawl, groundfish trawl or prawn and shrimp by trap, communal commercial or category N licence allows the transport of roe herring, prawn and shrimp by trap and salmon caught by other vessels
- Transporting of sablefish, halibut, groundfish trawl, rockfish and schedule II species, eulachon, crab, shrimp trawl and sardine is prohibited, as the licenced fishing vessel must land the harvest. Crab, spiny dogfish and shrimp trawl may be transported after it has been landed by the harvest vessel. Sablefish, halibut, groundfish trawl, rockfish and schedule II species may be transported after it has been landed by the harvest vessel and validated
- Red Sea Urchin, Green Sea Urchin, Sea Cucumber and Geoduck must be validated prior to being transported
- A licence is not required and will not be issued to vessels wishing to transport oysters, clams, gooseneck barnacle or aquaculture stock only. Vessels that will be transporting only Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) geoduck sampling product or any product that will not be sold commercially are not eligible for a transporting licence
- PSP geoduck product sampling and transporting must be done under authority of a licence issued under Section 4 (1) of the Contaminated Fisheries Regulations. Vessels who will be PSP sampling and also claim to be a back-up transport vessels for geoduck or other harvest vessels must meet all category D transporting licence issue requirements; i.e. must have proof of transporting activity at least once in the previous three years. Applicants should contact the applicable resource manager for a licence issued under Section 4 (1) of the Contaminated Fisheries Regulations or an Experimental, Scientific, or Special Access licence, as appropriate
The licence fee is $30.00. Payment is now available via the National Online Licensing System.
Licence application and issuance
An application for Transporting licence, Category D, must be completed and submitted to a Pacific Fishery Licence Unit (PFLU). The vessel owner or any authorized representative may sign the application.
- The vessel identified on a Transporting application must meet Fisheries & Oceans Canada vessel registration requirements except when vessels have been previously issued a transporting licence may not be required to submit a survey. A survey may be required in subsequent years
- A letter from the party you will be providing packing services to that indicates the expected commercial packing activity
- Records showing packing activity (fish slips) must have been received in the Regional Data Unit in at least one of the last three years a transport licence was issued. If there are no records available, a written statement must be received from BOTH the applicant and person/company who issued the letter of ‘Expected Commercial Operation’ detailing why there were no landings recorded. Alternatively a statement or landing records from a dockside monitoring company showing packing activity may be accepted. These statements are accepted on a one-time basis, after which landing records must be provided
Upon submission of a complete application package, care is taken to review it and ensure only legitimately active commercial transport vessels are issued licences. Applications may take up to 10 working days for processing.
Commercial vessel registration requirements
Vessels not previously registered as a commercial fishing vessel with PFLU must submit the following:
- A completed Application for Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration and the required $50.00 registration fee.
- A Marine survey, dated after May 1, 1989 that has been conducted by a Marine Surveyor in accordance with Fisheries andOceans Canada current Vessel Measurement guidelines, amended 2004. A copy of the guidelines is available from a PFLU.
- Copy of vessel ownership documents; i.e. For vessels registered under the Canada Shipping Act (CSA), a copy of the Certificateof Registry or Registered Bill of Sale OR for vessels licensed under the CSA, a copy of the Bill of Sale/DOT Licence.
- Copy of approved Fish Hold Inspection report. Contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency office in Burnaby: (604) 666-2506,Victoria: (250) 363-3455 or Prince Rupert: (250) 627-3033.
- Transporting licence documents are valid from the date of issue to December 31 of the applicable calendar year.
- Replacements for lost or destroyed licence documents may be obtained by re-printing from your NOLS account.
Pacific fishery licence unit:
- 401 Burrard St Suite 200 (by appointment only)
- Vancouver BC
- V6C 3S4
- 1-877-535-7307 (ask for Pacific Region)
- email@example.com (specify Pacific Region in subject line)
- Scan the document and attach to a ‘Submit Request’ in NOLS (National Online Licensing System) (pdf or picture formats accepted – jpg etc.)
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