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.
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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
"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.
Western Maritime Institute will be offering a Fishing Master 4 Certificate of Competency at our Ladysmith campus. Western Maritime Institute is Canada's largest private marine college providing Transport Canada accredited training to seafarers in the fishing, commercial and recreational marine industries. We are located in Ladysmith, but have a campus in Steveston on the mainland and are able to offer almost all our courses anywhere in Canada.
Holders of the Fishing Master 4 Certificate of Competency can act as Master of a fishing vessel of not more than 100 gross tonnage operating in near coastal or sheltered waters or as Officer in Charge of the Watch of any-sized fishing vessel operating in near coastal or sheltered water until the new Marine Personnel Regulations are published and the STCW-F comes into effect.
The program is for individuals with 12 months sea-service experiences as a master, mate or deck hand on a fishing vessel.
The courses, dates, and costs are as follows:
|Marine Advanced First Aid||April 20 - 23, 2015||$640.00|
|Ship Construction and Stability Level 1||April 27 - May 11||$1,050.00|
|MED A1/A2||May 12 - 14||$612.00|
|Chartwork and Pilotage Level 1||May 19 - June 3||$1,250.00|
|SEN - Limited||June 4 - 9||$700.00|
|ROC-MC||June 10 - 12||$584.00|
|Navigation Safety Level 1||June 15 - 19||$700.00|
Western Maritime Institute
Tollfree: | 1-866-632-6888
Phone: | 250-245-4455
Fax: | 250-245-8881
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
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:
As owner of a small commercial vessel you must:
Marine Safety and Security
1-877-242-8770 or www.tc.gc.ca
In 1999, the DFO redefined the fishery as a "new and developing" fishery in order to get the fishers to develop stock information, after which licences were to be restored. The DFO hassince notified members of the fishery of the suspension of privileges, meaning the fishery was closed. Sign the Petition to re-open the Octopus by Dive fishery.
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:
"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:
Relations avec les médias
Pêches et Océans Canada
Attachée de presse
Cabinet du ministre
Pêches et Océans Canada
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.
Lawrence Anderson has been able to negotiate favourable air fare rates with Hawk Air for flights into Prince Rupert from Vancouver for seafood harvester divers. The cost for a one way trip into Prince Rupert is $215.00 plus fees and taxes. Hawk Air will not charge for any change fee or cancellation fee. The cost for a round trip with all fees and taxes included is $543.00. The ticket is non refundable but will be valid for one year from the time of booking. Last minute bookings can be made without a penalty.
Should you have any questions, contact Liz Smaha at 250-635-4295, 1-800-487-1216 toll free or email@example.com The key word is “seafood harvest divers” for these prices.