Instructions for Completion of the Application to be Recognized as New Entrant

1. Completed applications can be returned;


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2. Supporting documentation demonstrating the applicant meets the new entrant criteria outlined below must be provided. Please refer to the application form

3. Be recognized as a commercial fish harvester with his/her community (the applicant is responsible to provide a letter from an accredited fish harvester association or from three Independent Core fish harvesters recognizing him/her as a commercial fish harvester in his/her community)

Eligibility Criteria To Qualify As A New Entrant

For inshore vessel based fisheries using vessels less than 15.2m (50') LOA, a fish harvester must meet the following criteria to be recognized as new entrant:

  1. Be recognized as a commercial fish harvester with his/her community (the applicant is responsible to provide a letter from an accredited fish harvester association or from three Independent Core fish harvesters recognizing him/her as a commercial fish harvester in his/her community);
    AND,
  2. While being registered, have fished commercially during: A minimum of two of the last five years immediately preceding the date of the application a minimum of five weeks in each of those qualifying years (including fishing contaminated fisheries).
    OR
    Either the current or previous fishing season a minimum of 5 weeks and have gained significant commercial fishing experience in the past (three years with a minimum of five weeks in each qualifying year).

One (1) fishing week consists of:

  • One (1) fishing week for lobster (being onboard the vessel each time it goes out) or,
  • Forty (40) hrs. of commercial fishing activities for any species other than lobster per week or,
  • Four (4) days of commercial fishing activities per week starting on Sunday and concluding Saturday.

4. Please allow a minimun of 10 working days processing time for the review of a completed application.

5. You will be notified by mail once the application process has been completed. If approved, your recognition as a qualified new entrant will be valid for three (3) years during which time you are eligible to have a core enterprise reissued in your name.

Incomplete applications will delay the processing time of the application.