Licensing policy: Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces the extension of the transition period between the qualification processes for Quebec fishers

News Release

Québec (Quebec) - On April 1, 2016, DFO began its transition to a new qualification regime for new commercial Quebec fishers who wish to purchase a fishing business. Over the last few years, DFO required that a fisher has fished for a defined period of time to be considered eligible to purchase a commercial fishing business.

DFO and the commercial fishing industry have jointly decided to harmonize qualification policies for commercial fishers. Since April 2016, a new fisher or assistant fisher who wants to become the owner of a fishing business is eligible if they have a fisher or assistant fisher certificate issued by the Bureau d'accréditation des pêcheurs et des aides-pêcheurs du Québec (BAPAP).

It was initially decided that the holder of a BAPAP certificate of qualification was the only qualification method to be eligible to purchase a license from June 2017.

This transition period, which allows new fishers to choose their qualification process, will be extended until December 31, 2018.

This extension will allow the BAPAP to modernize its regulations, which must be reviewed in the coming months. By authorizing the overlap of qualification processes, DFO facilitates the transition to a modern professionalization system that meets the needs of the Quebec fishing industry

For more information on how to obtain fisher or assistant fisher certification, please contact BAPAP.

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Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region


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