November 22, 2018

License Renewal Notice to Fish Harvesters

All fish harvesters are reminded to review their 2018 licenses in the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) at to confirm that they have renewed all their 2018 licenses and/or 2018 vessel registration(s).

In order to retain the privilege to be issued the license in the following year, commercial harvesters must renew both their commercial fishing licenses and vessel registrations on an annual basis, whether or not the harvester actively fished or used the vessel for harvesting in that year.

Also, all 2018 Individual Quota fees must be paid, with the exception of commercial cod Individual Quota fees.  Commercial cod IQ fees are not required to be paid if there are no directed or incidental landings of cod, however the groundfish license fee must still be paid each year.

Harvesters who have not yet renewed their licenses for 2018 are encouraged to complete their license renewals before midnight, Sunday, December 30, 2018.  Licenses and registrations that are not renewed before this date will not be available in the following year.  To renew these licenses and/or vessel registrations, please access NOLS as soon as possible.

DFO advises fish harvesters based in the Newfoundland and Labrador Region that the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) will not be available for renewal of 2018 fishing licenses after midnight December 30.  This is to allow for year-end data updating processes and system maintenance.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) launched the National Online Licensing System in the spring of 2013 for fish harvesters to complete routine licensing transactions using a computer with internet access.  This includes: renewing licenses and vessel registrations; paying the associated fees; and printing licenses, license conditions, payment receipts and other licensing documents.

For more information about the system, visit or call 1-877-535-7307 if you need assistance.



Dave Parsons

A/Regional Manager, Licensing Services

Fisheries and Aquaculture Management

Fisheries & Oceans Canada

PO Box 5667 St. John's, NL A1C 5X1

Telephone 709-772-3657