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Notice to Fish Harvesters - Licence Renewal Notice to Fish Harvesters - nf.23.327

December 22, 2023




Dec. 22, 2023

Licence Renewal Notice to Fish Harvesters

All commercial fish harvesters are reminded to review their 2023 licenses in the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) at as soon as possible to confirm that they have renewed all their 2023 commercial licenses and/or 2023 vessel registration(s).

In order to retain the privilege to be issued the licenses in the following year, commercial harvesters must renew both their commercial fishing licenses and vessel registrations on an annual basis, whether or not the harvester actively fished or used the vessel for harvesting in that year.

Also, all 2023 Individual Quota (IQ) fees must be paid, with the exception of commercial cod IQ fees. Commercial cod IQ fees are not required to be paid if the licence holder had no directed or incidental landings of cod; however, the groundfish license fee must still be paid each year.

Harvesters who have not yet renewed their licenses for 2023 are reminded that they must complete their license renewals before midnight, Sunday, December 31, 2023. It is very important to be aware that any licenses and registrations that are not renewed before this date will not be available in the following year – these licences will be cancelled.

As well, DFO advises fish harvesters based in the Newfoundland and Labrador Region that the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) will not be available for renewal of 2023 fishing licenses after midnight Sunday, December 31. This is to allow for year-end data updating processes and system maintenance.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) launched the National Online Licensing System in the spring of 2013 for fish harvesters to complete routine licensing transactions using a computer with internet access. This includes: renewing licenses and vessel registrations; paying the associated fees; and printing licenses, license conditions, payment receipts, and other licensing documents.

For more information about the NOLS system, visit or call 1-877-535-7307 if you need assistance.


For information, contact:
Nellie Taylor
Regional Manager, Licencing Operations
NL Region