Fisheries and Land Resources

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Licensing and Quality Assurance Division


The main responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of the delivery of the Quality Assurance Program related to raw material inspections at dockside onboard vessels, transports and preproduction areas of plants to assess quality;
  • Act as Secretariat to the Fish Processing License Board, performing all administrative functions associated with the board;
  • Management of the licensing program for fish buyers and processors, and formulation and implementation of policies and legislation governing the marketing of fish in the province;
  • Liaising with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to coordinate inspection and certification of fish processing facilities and monitor landings at dockside.;
  • Collect and maintain statistics on fish production and fishery-related employment for the province;
  • Promoting proper ways to handle/store fish prior to processing to ensure top quality;
  • Delivering workshops, seminars to industry stakeholders on ways to improve quality and promote the province's marketing efforts; and
  • Developing policy guidelines to promote full utilization and value added processing to maximize economic and employment returns in the fishing industry.


Licensing and Quality Assurance
Petten Building,
30 Strawberry Marsh Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-3736
Fax: (709) 729-5995
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