Government of New Brunswick


The Registrar of Aquaculture is responsible for the licensing and leasing of all aquaculture sites in the province of New Brunswick and administers commercial, private and institutional licences, as well as occupation permits and leases for aquaculture sites situated on Crown Land.


The following permits are required for aquaculture purposes in New Brunswick when aquaculture is conducted on Crown land:

a) "Lease"

A lease is a legal document conveying the right to use a specific parcel of land for a specified period of time, usually between ten and twenty years..

b) "Occupation Permit"

An Aquaculture Occupation Permit is a permit which allows occupation and use of a specified and designated area for a temporary period of up to three (3) years. The Occupation Permit is generally issued for research and development purposes or for marine shellfish over-wintering sites situated on New Brunswick’s East Coast.

c) “Licence of Occupation” (Natural Resources and Energy Development).

A Licence of Occupation is required if the Crown Land has not yet been designated as aquaculture land by the Minister of this department. The Licence of Occupation is normally required for the interim period between initial site approval and the survey of the land, which leads to designation and finally issuance of an occupation permit or lease.


An application must be filed with the department. The application will be reviewed in accordance with provisions of the Aquaculture Act and its General Regulation.


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Application fee
  Aquaculture lease 10.001991-09-11
  Aquaculture occupation permit 10.001991-09-11
Rent payable each year1991-09-11
  Aquaculture occupation permit (marine, inland) (per year)100.001991-09-11
  Commercial marine aquaculture lease site (per hectare, per year)1991-09-11
   (1) Cultivation of finfish (per hectare)250.001991-09-11
   (2) Cultivation of mollusks (per hectare; minimum $100.00)20.001991-09-11
   (3) Cultivation of crustaceans (per hectare)250.001991-09-11
  Commercial inland aquaculture lease site (for finfish) (per hectare, per year) 250.001991-09-11
  Private aquaculture lease site (for mollusk) (per year)100.001991-09-11
  Institutional aquaculture lease site (per year)100.001991-09-11