Licensing under the Seafood Processing Act
Licences and/or certificates are required for primary processing plants, secondary processing plants, live lobster holding facilities and fish buyers.
Persons wishing to establish, operate or maintain primary and secondary fish processing plants and live lobster holding facilities in New Brunswick along with persons wishing to buy fish in New Brunswick.
The Registrar of Seafood Processing is responsible to issue the appropriate licences and certificates under the authority of the Seafood Processing Act.
All licences and certificates issued by the Registrar expire on the 31st of March following their issuance.
Except for fish buying licences, all licences and certificates issued by the Registrar shall specify the plant or facility location.
Also, a Primary Processing Plant Licence shall specify the species permitted to be processed there.
An application for a new or an amended licence/certificate has to be filed through any of the regional offices before being considered by the Registrar.
If dissatisfied of the decision of the Registrar, an applicant may appeal the decision to the Minister who will forward the request to the Appeal Board who will hear the appeal and render a decision.
Persons eligible to apply for a licence and/or certificate under the Seafood Processing Act will also be required to obtain applicable licences, permits, certificates and authorizations from any and all other provincial and federal agencies and departments that regulate seafood processing activities in New Brunswick.
|Fee Description||Rate in $||Effective Date|
|Issuance or renewal of Primary Processing Plant Licence (basic fee)||500.00||2013-08-16|
|Plus for each Category 1 species on a Primary Processing Plant Licence (lobster, snow crab, shrimp)||500.00||2013-08-16|
|Plus for each Category 2 species on a Primary Processing Plant Licence (Atlantic halibut, Atlantic salmon,alewife, bar clam, black clam, softshell clam, cod, eel, herring, mackerel, Blue mussel, American oyster, quahaug, rock crab, red crab bay scallop, deep sea scallop, smelt)||250.00||2013-08-16|
|Plus any other species on a Primary Processing Plant Licence||50.00||2013-08-16|
|Species Amendment to a Primary Processing Plant Licence (basic fee) Plus fees for each additional species as per above schedule||100.00||2013-08-16|
|Fee for the issuance or renewal of a Secondary Processing Plant Registration Certificate||100.00||2013-08-16|
|Fees for the issuance or renewal of a Live Lobster Holding Facility Licence||100.00||2013-08-16|
|Fees for the issuance or renewal of a Fish Buying Licence||100.00||2014-02-11|
|Appeal fee (refundable if the Appeal Board varies or vacates the decision of the Registrar)||500.00||2013-08-23|