Fisheries and Land Resources

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Fish Buyers Licensing for Food Establishment Licence Holders

 Licence Details

  • Buyers licences only available to companies which have been issued a Food Establishment Licence granted, under the Food Premises Regulations, by Service NL
  • Licence will only permit the purchase of those species authorized/identified on the Fish Buyers Licence from commercial fish harvesters licensed under the Fisheries Act (Canada)
  • Purchase of raw material must be made from the harvesters designated landing site.
  • Purchase volumes are limited to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) per authorized species per week.
  • All fish purchased must be prepared for market for use by the end consumer at the buyer's licensed food premises.
  • Sale of authorized fish to or purchase of fish for other affiliated or non-affiliated Food Establishments is prohibited
  • Licensed buyers must submit a Weekly Purchase Report to the department
  • Departmental inspection staff will conduct period audits to determine compliance

Application Guidelines      

  • All applicants must hold a valid Food Establishment Licence under the Food Premises Act, SNL 2013 c.F-21.1
  •  Fish Buyer's Licence requests must be linked to each Food Establishment Licence held by the applicant
  • Any fish species to be purchased must be identified with the exceptions being live bi-valve mollucs (mussels, clams and scallops) and gastropods (whelk and periwinkles) which are prohibited.
  • Annual fee is $100.00 per licence applied for
  • Click here to download application form.
  • Applications and/or enquiries can be directed to
    • Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
      Licensing and Quality Assurance Division
      Attention: Ms. Sandra Murphy, Licensing Administrator
      P.O. Box 8700
      30 Strawberry Marsh Road
      St. John's, NL   A1B 4J6
      Phone: 709-729-3719   Fax:     709-729-5995
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