March 17, 2021 

New Inshore Regulations on April 1, 2021

Crew Registry Requirement:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada advises that on April 1, 2021, amended inshore regulations - the Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985 and the Maritimes Provinces Fishery Regulations, will come into effect.

The amended inshore regulations apply to inshore commercial licences across Atlantic Canada and Quebec, except:

                a pre-1979 corporation licence

                in the Maritimes Region, a pre-1989 corporation licence that does not name the operator

                in Maritimes Region an exempted fleet licence

                in Maritimes and Gulf Regions a coastal licence

                any licence issued under the authority of the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations

Pursuant to Section 20 of the amended regulations, a Crew Registry is now required, and will be outlined in 2021 licence conditions.

Crew registry:

The inshore regulations require that all Independent Core licence holders, and their approved Substitute Operators, keep records of all the crew members working aboard the vessel on every fishing trip.  These records must be maintained by the licence holder for a period of five (5) years. The following  Crew information must be recorded for both the licence holder and for all crew members working aboard the vessel:


                Fisher Identification Number or Provincial Fisher's Certificate

                Vessel name and Vessel Registration number

                Directed Species harvested

                Fishing trip start date

                Fishing trip end date



Patricia Williams
Acting Regional Manager - PIIFCAF and Ghost Gear Fisheries Management Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Phone: 709 772 6151