A fishing licence grants permission to a person, including an aboriginal organization, to harvest identified species of fish or marine plants for a specified period of time and is subject to the conditions of the licence.
Obtain or renew a commercial fishing licence
To obtain or renew a commercial fishing licence, please proceed to the National Online Licensing System. The Department's client support service may be accessed via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at 1-877-535-7307. You can also access the national Licensing website.
- Medical Form – Substitute Operator Request (Medical Form – Substitute Operator Request - PDF Format [129 KB])
- Application to be recognized as New Entrant (Application to be recognized as New Entrant - PDF Format [34 KB])
- Application for expression of interest - relinquishment of a commercial lobster fishing licence
Licences to fish for experimental, scientific, educational, control of aquatic invasive species purposes and/or public display
For (section 52) licences to fish for experimental, scientific, educational, aquatic invasive species control purposes and/or public display, complete and submit the Licence application form. If you wish to contact the Gulf Region Section 52 Licensing Services, please email DFO.GLFS52Licence-PermisS52GLF.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Gulf Region Licensing policies
- Educational Licence Policy - Lobster / Rock Crab
- Commercial Fisheries Licensing Policy for the Gulf Region
Frequently used forms & general inquiries
For frequently used forms including the application for commercial fisher’s registration, DFO medical form and the application to be recognized as a new entrant as well as for all other general inquiries, please contact:
Gulf Region Licensing
Toll Free: 1-855-634-2355
E-mail: GulfInfoGolfe@dfo-mpo.gc.ca (please indicate your name and the DFO Region in which you are located)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Region
343 Université Avenue
P.O. Box 5030
For questions on how the national online licensing system works and related transactions:
E-mail: email@example.com (please indicate your name and the DFO Region in which you are located)