Coming in by his wharf in Sandyville to load on crab pots, harvester Newman Short, who fishes crab, lobster, and scallop, is not at all happy that the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has approved two sites in Connaigre Bay.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) said today that, effective Monday, fish harvesters who have been mailed passcodes for the National Online Licensing System will be required to go online as of Monday to obtain their licences and pay fees.
Fishermen will have to go online to make licence and vessel fee payments, and to print licence documents for commercial and recreational licences.
Payments will no longer be accepted at DFO licencing offices.
In addition, as of today, licencing counter services will no longer be available at DFO area offices in Mount Pearl, Grand Bank, Grand Falls-Windsor and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
DFO states that most licence holders in the Newfoundland and Labrador Region have been issued passcodes. Licence holders can obtain their licences and licence conditions through DFO’s National Online Licencing System.
Access to the National Online Licensing System will be granted in the near future to licence holders who have not yet received passcodes. These licence holders must visit a DFO Detachment Office for licensing services.
Until further notice, fish harvesters may continue to drop off applications for other licencing transactions, such as designated operator, and leases, at any DFO area or detachment offices.