people smiling while wearing a PFD on a fishing boat

After registration is received, the fish harvester will be entered into the system and assessed at one of the three levels of certification. It will be determined what level a fish harvester is by his/her past experience and training. Existing industry will be grandfathered and new entrants come in as Apprentices.

Registrants will be provided with three options. They will include paper based by mail, online and in person at the community level with COVID-19 protocols in place. During the initial registration, a letter will be sent to all holders of Personal Fishing Registrations (PFR) providing the option to be exempt from DFO registration. A registration form will also be enclosed within the envelope. Individuals will be required to renew their registration each year via mail/online/in person. A renewal form must be completed and submitted with any annual payment.