December 1, 2020


License Renewal Notice to Fish Harvesters

All commercial fish harvesters are reminded to review their 2020 licenses in the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) at as soon as possible to confirm that they have renewed all their 2020 commercial licenses and/or vessel registration(s). In order to retain the privilege to be issued the licenses in 2021, commercial harvesters must renew both their commercial fishing licenses and vessel registrations by December 30, 2020. Any licenses and vessel registrations that are not renewed before this date will be cancelled. This requirement includes Individual Quota (IQ) fees (i.e. crab), with the exception of commercial cod IQ fees. Commercial cod IQ fees are not required to be paid if the licence holder had no directed or incidental landings of cod; however, the groundfish license fee must be paid each annually in order to retain it.

Commercial Seal harvesters who opted for a Personal Use Licence in 2020 will have their Personal Use Seal Licence reverted back to a Commercial Seal Licence as of January 1, 2021. Commercial Seal harvesters who paid the Personal Use Licence fee will be in good standing for 2020, and are not required to pay the fee for their 2020 Commercial Seal Licence. However, if a sealer has not paid a 2020 Seal Licence fee ( either Commercial or Personal Use), they must pay the fee by Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in order to be eligible to renew their Seal Licence in 2021.

As well, 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 2020 fishing licenses after midnight Wednesday, December 30.

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 NOLS system, visit or call 1-877-535-7307 if you need assistance.



Samuel Mullen
A/Regional Manager, Licensing Services
Telephone 709-772-3657