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).

Seafood Industry Licences

To start the licensing process:

Once licensed, complete and submit an Annual Fisheries Production Schedule at the end of each calendar year. 

To start the licensing process:

Once licensed, complete and submit an Annual Fisheries Production Schedule at the end of each calendar year.

To start the licensing process:

 

 

Fish Processing Facilities in B.C.

Acts & Regulations

Useful Contacts

AgriService BC

Have a question? Call or email us.

Telephone: 1 888 221-7141

Email: AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca
Website: www.gov.bc.ca/agriservicebc

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