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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0686-COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Red Sea Urchin by Dive - 2015 Licence Issuance Information

2015/2016 Red Sea Urchin by Dive licence issuance will begin and licence renewal fees will be available for payment commencing at 1300 hours Friday, July 17, 2015 through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS).

Licence eligibility holders/fish harvesters will use the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) to go online to view, designate vessel, pay for and print their commercial fishing licences, licence conditions, and/or receipts.

A reminder that all licence renewal fee payments must be made through the NOLS. For communal commercial licences, even though the licence renewal fee is $0.00, licence eligibility holders are required to add a checkmark beside the licence (s) to renew through NOLS, prior to clicking on “Checkout”.

Prior to licence issuance, the designated vessel details must be submitted via the ‘Submit a Request’ menu selection within the NOLS. Full instructions can be found at: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/sdc-cps/products-produits/request-demande- eng.htm)

To avoid delays, please ensure the payment and designated vessel information is submitted to DFO at the same time.

Upon the Department receiving the required payment, and vessel designation, the licence will be issued and notification will be sent via email to advise vessel owners that a change has been made to the licence holder’s online account. The licence documents, licence conditions and receipt will then be available to be printed at that time.

Please note that it is crucial that the red sea urchin licence is renewed and the licence renewal fee paid on an annual basis to retain the privilege to be issued the licence in the future, whether fishing takes place or not. Should the licence not be renewed by July 31st annually, the eligibility for this licence will cease.

Client support will be available via e-mail (fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) or toll-free telephone (1-877-535-7307).

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0686
Sent July 17, 2015 at 12:28
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Harper Government Supports Seafood Exports

April 14, 2015 - Richmond, British Columbia - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

British Columbia's seafood harvesters will receive support to help promote and increase
export demand for Canadian Pacific sea urchins and sea cucumber skins and meats to new
and emerging markets. Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond
East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, today
announced an investment of over $164,000 to the Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters
Association and the Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association to support their international
marketing efforts.
Quick facts

  • Exports of Pacific sea cucumber were valued at $12 million and $9.8 million in 2012
    and 2013, respectively.
  • Exports of Pacific sea urchins were valued at over $13 million in 2012, with
    approximately 75% of the harvest exported to Japan.
  • These investments are being made through Growing Forward 2's AgriMarketing
    Program (Market Development stream), which aims to build and promote Canada's
    ability to expand markets at home and abroad.


"Our Government is proud to support these two British Columbia seafood organizations in
their efforts to increase their global market share by promoting their products' high quality,
safety, nutritional value and sustainability. These industries are generating much needed
economic activity in rural and coastal areas."
- Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond East and Minister
of National Revenue

"The funding provided by AAFC has been, and remains, essential to our efforts to find and
obtain the best markets and prices we can for our sea cucumber products. This project has
allowed us to grow so we, as Canadian fishermen, processors and exporters, along with
many Canadian trade representatives, are working more closely together to deliver better
products and services to some of the world's fastest growing seafood markets, namely Hong
Kong, the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, as well as other parts of Asia."
-Ken Ridgway, President of the PSCHA

The Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvester's Association (PSCHA) will receive up to $69,239 to
build the industry's capacity to brand and promote the distinctive properties of Giant Red Sea
Cucumber skins and meat harvested in B.C.'s coastal waters. Activities will consist of
participation in trade shows and outgoing missions, as well as the development of market
research and marketing products.

The Pacific Urchin Harvester's Association (PUHA) will receive up to $94,826 to expand
export markets for Canadian urchins in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States,
while maintaining the value of sales to its traditional markets in Japan. Activities will include
participation in outgoing missions, trade shows, and conducting market research.

B.C. is home to the only commercial fishery of the Giant Red Sea Cucumber within Canada,
which is harvested by divers who handpick them off the ocean floor. The skins are
recognized and used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat stomach/digestive ailments,
while the meat is considered a delicacy in certain Asian markets.

Pacific sea urchins thrive in B.C.'s cold coastal waters and are also handpicked by divers.
The meat, called "uni", is a highly valued seafood delicacy, often served as a sashimi item in
Japanese cuisine. However, it is currently gaining favour more widely because it has a
unique, rich and exotic lusciousness that excites chefs, adventurous foodies and
gastronomes the world over.

North Pacific Fishermens Forum

Memebers can join the North Pacific Fishermens Forum, its free to post anything , discussions, classifieds to sell boats or gear, and a fish market. http://npfishermensforum.com

Certificate of Registry – Small Vessel Register

This Certificate of Registry for your vessel is valid for five years. You must keep it on board at all times. If your vessel was previously registered in the Canadian Register of Vessels (Large Vessel Register), you must remove all previous “official registry markings” and replace these markings with the new official number indicated on your Certificate of Registry enclosed. 

You must also:

  • Mark this official number on your vessel in block characters not less than 75 mm high and in a colour that is in contrast with their background.
  • Place the number:
    • on each side of the bow of the vessel, or
    • on a board permanently attached to the vessel as close to the bow as practicable, so that the number is clearly visible from each side of the bow.

    As owner of a small commercial vessel you must:

    • Comply with the Canada Shipping Act 2001 (CSA 2001) and its regulations that apply to your vessel.
    • Comply with the Small Vessel Regulations. Your crew members must comply with the Marine Personnel Regulations.
    • Report, in writing, any change(s) to the information shown on the certificate, including a change of address, to Transport Canada, at the address above. If you don’t, we may suspend or cancel the registry of your vessel, making your Certificate of Registry invalid. Anyone operating a vessel with an invalid document may be fined or brought to court.
    • Report any alterations to any part of the vessel that affects its seaworthiness or its compliance with the Act and applicable regulations to the nearest Transport Canada Centre (TCC).

    Important Notes:

    1. Youcan learn about Marine Safety small vessels program and regulations at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-small-vessels-menu-2258.htm
      Contact the nearest Transport Canada Centre (TCC) to become part of the small vessels program. Regional TCCs are listed at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/regions.htm
    2. The Small Commercial Vessel Safety Guide contains useful safety information for you and your crew. It will also help you find your way through regulations that apply to you. You can find it online at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp-tp14070-menu-1648.htm. Please note that this guide does not apply to fishing vessels.
    3. Transport Canada publishes Ship Safety Bulletins for the marine community to help keep vessel owners aware of new safety related information. Visit our Website at www.tc.gc.ca/ssb-bsn to find past bulletins and to sign up to receive e-mail notices of new ones.  You can request paper copies by calling 1-855-859-3123.


    Vessel Registration

    Marine Safety and Security

    More info
    1-877-242-8770 or www.tc.gc.ca

    Statement by Minister Ashfield Confirming the Harper Government's Commitment to Canada's Traditional Fisheries

    September 21, 2012

    Fredericton, NB - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today made the following statement regarding the Harper Government's commitment to Canada's traditional fisheries:

    "As Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, I am proud to work for and with our fishermen - hard-working businesses who earn a living for their families by providing consumers across the globe with some of the best seafood money can buy.

    "That is why I have been displeased - and quite frankly angered - by some of the inaccuracies that have surfaced over the past several months suggesting that the owner-operator and fleet separation policies would be eliminated."

    "Let me be absolutely clear: the fleet separation and owner operator policies in Atlantic Canada will remain intact.

    "The Harper Government is committed to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity - particularly in rural communities - and we recognize the value and importance of Canada's traditional fisheries.

    "I believe there are ways to make the fishery function better while preserving the fleet separation and owner-operator policies so that the traditional fishery remains and is improved for future generations".

    "The best solutions will be led and driven by fishermen and the fishing industry, not by Ottawa.

    "We will continue to work with, advocate and deliver for fishermen to make sure the way we operate is helping them do business to address the challenges they face every day.

    "The bottom line is that fishermen should be casting nets and gear, not getting bogged down by government bureaucracy.

    "I am very proud of what our government has delivered for fishermen. Since 2006 we have:

    • Repaired and improved well over a hundred small craft harbours in coastal communities across Canada;
    • Reduced tax burden for fishermen by eliminating the tax liabilities when fishermen transfer assets and licences to family members;
    • Opened new markets for Canadian seafood and aquaculture products and much more; and,
    • Made unprecedented investments in the Canadian Coast Guard to keep our waterways secure.

    "This industry is an integral part of many communities in Atlantic Canada and across the country and we will continue to recognize the importance of Canada's fisheries to our economy, to our way of life and to our communities."

    For more information:

    Frank Stanek
    Relations avec les médias
    Pêches et Océans Canada 

    Barbara Mottram
    Attachée de presse
    Cabinet du ministre
    Pêches et Océans Canada

    April 2012 - PCFVOG requests for donations for legal action

    The Pacific Coast Fishing Vessel Owners Guild is asking commercial fishing industry participants to donate money to help fund this legal action against changes to the halibut allocation framework made February 17, 2012 by Fisheries Minister Ashfield. See the letter below with donation form.

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