Seafood Industry Licensing
Ensuring seafood is safe for public consumption means that individuals and businesses conducting certain activities in the seafood industry (for example: receiving fish, processing fish, etc.) must be licensed.
What Activities Require a Licence?
The following activities within the seafood industry have specific licensing requirements:
- First receivers of commercially-caught fish from a commercial fisher require a fish receiver licence
- Fish and other seafood, and aquatic plant processors require a seafood processor licence
- Commercial fishers selling their catch to the general public (including restaurants and retail stores), require a fisher vendor licence
While the Province licenses and regulates commercially-caught fish once they leave the fisher’s possession, commercial fisheries are regulated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
To start the licensing process:
- Complete the fish receiver licence application form (PDF)
- Submit with payment to any ServiceBC or FrontCounter BC office.
Once licensed, complete and submit an Annual Fisheries Production Schedule at the end of each calendar year.