Fisheries and Aquaculture
The responsibilities of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture are provided in detail in the About the Department section.
These forms are now on this website. They can be accessed in the Fish Processing Licensing section.
These forms are now on this website. They can be accessed in our Buyers Licensing Document (1.2 MB)
The Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for all marine fish seasons. Please contact the Resource Management Branch of DFO-NL at (709) 772-2045.
The Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for the management of recreational inland fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. Please contact the Resource Management Branch of DFO-NL at (709) 772-2045.
Contact the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Marine Animal Strandings and Entanglement Response Program.
Toll Free: 1-888-895-3003
Illegal fishing activity, recreational or commercial, should be reported to the nearest DFO, Wildlife or RCMP office, or by calling the 24-hour toll-free CRIME STOPPERS number. Callers are advised to report promptly and be as detailed as possible. Callers may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display.
Yes. The department led development of the provincial Coastal and Ocean Management Strategy and Policy Framework (1.4 MB), released in June 2011.
Permits from the governing municipality are required for construction within the municipality's boundaries.
In addition to that, construction in the water is under federal jurisdiction.
The phone number for the Marine Environment and Habitat Management Division is (709) 772-2443. Approval from Environment
Canada is also required; they may be contacted in St. John's by calling (709) 772-5488.
You may find additional information provided at Department of Fisheries and Oceans website.
To obtain a Pleasure Craft Boat licence or a Vessel Registration licence call Transport Canada - Office Boating Safety - 1-800-267-6687.
Information about the sealing industry is provided in the Sealing Section of our website.
Seal licences may be obtained by contacting the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Licencing Division .
Information about the lobster harvest and various federal programs can be obtained by calling (709) 772-2045 or by contacting Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada .
Information about the TAGS program and various federal programs can be obtained by calling Call 1-866-483-9994 or go to
Information on quotas for commercial fish species harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador can be found on the DFO website: species quota reports .
The Department's licensing services are now provided online using the following link: Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Online Services
As a Registered User, the following forms, reports and surveys may be submitted using the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Online Services.