Flexible Fish Marketing

A New Approach, Focused on Providing More Opportunities for Commercial Fishers, Fishing-Related Businesses and Local Communities

The Manitoba government is implementing a new, flexible marketing approach for Manitoba's commercial fishing sector. It will encourage the arrival of new fish buyers and new local fish processing facilities in communities across Manitoba, while allowing for the continued operation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. The arrival of new fish buyers and processors will provide commercial fishers with more opportunities for fish sales and more convenient and locally specialized services. It will also provide for new economic opportunities for rural fishing communities.

IMPORTANT: TO HAVE YOUR LICENCE FOR DECEMBER 1st, 2017, DROP OFF YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ALONG WITH PAYMENT TO:

IN PERSON:

Sustainable Development
200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB

8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday

Every effort will be made to have your licence processed by December 1st, 2017.

Fish Marketing Regulations
Fish Dealer

A fish dealer is a person who is authorized to purchase and sell fish within Manitoba or for export. A person who meets the requirements established by regulation may obtain a fish dealer licence. A fish dealer licence may include a processing facility operated by the licensed fish dealer.

A person applying for a fish dealer licence or the renewal of a fish dealer licence must provide the following:

  • (a) a completed application (pdf)
  • (b) the names and addresses of all principals of the applicant
  • (c) if applicable, the location of every processing facility operated by the applicant
  • (d) the licence fee and
  • (e) any additional information requested

If your application is approved for a new licence, an estimate of the annual value of fish the applicant intends to purchase from fishers must be provided. In the case of an application for renewal of a licence, information about the value of fish purchased during the current term of the licence must be provided.

PURCHASING FISH

As a deemed Fish Dealer Licence holder, you are required to report your fish purchases and sales as set out in the new Fish Marketing Regulation. Fish Purchase Records will be required for all fish purchases. Fish Purchase Record booklets will be provided by Wildlife and Fisheries Branch and can be obtained at your local Sustainable Development district office or at 200 Saulteaux Crescent Winnipeg, Manitoba. These forms must be completed when a dealer purchases fish from a fisher or the person transporting fish on behalf of the fisher (who will require a loadslip). One copy of the form will be provided to the fisher/fish transporter, the dealer is to retain one copy and the last copy is to be sent to:

Wildlife and Fisheries Branch
Sustainable Development
Box 20, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3

A licensed fish dealer must:

  • (a) Provide the director with a weekly electronic summary of all fish purchase records from the booklets on the form provided at LINK TO FISH PURCHASE SUMMARY FILE issued during that month, no later than seven days after the end of the month in question.
  • (b) Submit monthly summary reports to: mbfishforms@gov.mb.ca with Dealer # in subject line.

PLEASE USE THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF A SUMMARY FORM. CHECK FOR UPDATED FORMS OR LINKS PERIODICALLY.

SELLING FISH

A licensed fish dealer who sells or provides fish to a person must, at the time of sale, provide the purchaser with a fish sale record on a form approved by the Wildlife and Fisheries Director that contains the following information:

  • (a) name of the fish dealer;
  • (b) name of the purchaser, unless the purchaser is a consumer;
  • (c) date of sale; and
  • (d) species, its form and its weight in kilograms.

A sample fish sale form can be used or you can produce one of your own which contains all of the above information. Should a fish dealer choose to use their own form, the form must be approved by the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch director. A copy of all fish sale records must be retained by the fish dealer for two (2) years after they are issued. A licensed fish dealer must:

  • (a) Provide the director with a monthly electronic summary of all fish sale records on the form provided at LINK TO SUMMARY FILE issued during a month, no later than seven days after the end of that month.
  • (b) Submit monthly records to: mbfishforms@gov.mb.ca, with dealer # in subject line.
  • (c) If a licensed fish dealer does not sell or provide fish to any person in a month, he or she must prepare a report on a form approved by the director confirming no sales for the month.

PLEASE USE THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF A FORM. CHECK FOR UPDATED FORMS OR LINKS PERIODICALLY.

EXPORTING FISH

If a licensed fish dealer exports fish from Manitoba, the person transporting the fish on behalf of the dealer must have in his or her possession an export record on a form approved by the Wildlife and Fisheries Director that contains the following information:

  • (a) The name of the licensed fish dealer exporting the fish;
  • (b) The species of fish, its form, and its weight in kilograms;
  • (c) The date the fish is exported; and
  • (d) The location where the fish is to be delivered.

A sample fish export form can be used or you can produce one of your own which contains all of the above information. Should a fish dealer choose to use their own form, the form must be approved by the Wildlife and Fisheries Branch director. A copy of all export records must be retained by the fish dealer for two (2) years after they are prepared. A licensed fish dealer must:

  • (a) Provide the director with a monthly electronic summary of every export record prepared on the form provided at LINK TO SUMMARY FILE issued during a month, no later than seven days after the end of that month.
  • (b) Submit monthly records to: mbfishforms@gov.mb.ca with Dealer # in subject line.
  • (c) If a licensed fish dealer does not export fish in a month, he or she must prepare a report on a form approved by the director confirming no exports for the month.

PLEASE USE THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF A FORM. CHECK FOR UPDATED FORMS OR LINKS PERIODICALLY.

Fish Processor

A fish processor is a person who is authorized to process fish within Manitoba or for export in accordance with the regulations. A person who meets the requirements established by regulation may obtain a fish processor licence. A fish dealer licensee may operate a fish processing facility under the terms of their fish dealer licence.

A commercial fisher does not require a fish processor licence, if the only fish processed at the facility has been caught by the fisher.

A retail establishment which processes fish does not require a fish processor licence. A person applying for a fish processing facility licence or the renewal of a fish processing licence must provide the following:

  • (a) A completed application
  • (b) The names and addresses of all principals of the applicant
  • (c) The address(es) of every processing facility operated by the applicant
  • (d) The licence fee
  • (e) Any additional information requested.

The holder of a processing facility licence must display the licence in the facility(ies) which are licenced under the terms of their licence.

PROCESSING FISH

A processing facility means a facility in which the processing of fish takes place. As defined under The Fisheries Act (C.C.S.M. c. F90) processing includes the cleaning, filleting, smoking, salting, icing, packing, freezing, cooking, pickling or drying of fish, or the preparing of fish for market in any other manner.

A licensed fish processor must:

  • (a) Provide the director with a weekly electronic summary of all fish processed on the form provided no later than seven days after the fish was processed.
  • (b) Submit weekly records to mbfishforms@gov.mb.ca, with your processor # in the subject line.

PLEASE USE THE MOST RECENT VERSION OF A FORM.CHECK FOR UPDATED FORMS OR LINKS PERIODICALLY.

Commercial Fisher

Commercial fishers are licensed under the Manitoba Fishing Licensing Regulation. Commercial fishers will continue to be able to process and sell their personal catch to final consumers without obtaining any further licence.

Due to the new Fish Marketing Regulations, commercial fishers are being issued new Fisher Identification Numbers to be reported on all sales transactions. Letters have been mailed to all commercial fishers in Manitoba. Please use your Fisher ID # on all trade records, season-end declaration forms, and loadslips. Fishers will be required to provide their Fisher ID# to all Fish Dealers.

If you do not receive your New Fisher ID # by December 1st, 2017 in the mail please contact your local Sustainable Development District Office.

If you are a fisher who wants to sell fish to a purchaser other than a final consumer or fur farmer, wants to buy fish from another commercial fisher or wants to export fish, a Fish Dealer Licence is required. To become a Fish Dealer or Fish Processor please proceed to the Fish Dealer or Fish Processor information.

Trade Records

Consistent with current practice, a fisher who sells or provides his or her own catch directly to a final consumer or a fur farmer must, at the time of transfer, provide a trade record to the consumer on a Trade Record form and they will not be required to obtain a Fish Dealer Licence.

Trade record booklets are provided by Sustainable Development when the fisher receives his/her licence. The fisher's name and number, date of transfer, species of fish, its form and its weight in kilograms, quota entitlement number and body of water in which the fish was caught are required on the Trade records. A copy of every trade record is to be submitted to the address below no later than seven days after the end of each month.

Wildlife and Fisheries Branch
Sustainable Development
Box 20, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3

An immediate family member (spouse, common-law partner, parent, child or sibling) of a fisher may sell fish caught by the fisher directly to a consumer on behalf of the fisher if the fish is sold from the fisher's residence or place of business. The family member must provide the consumer with a Trade Record as above and provide this to the fisher for forward to the department.

Season End Declaration

A fisher who holds unsold fish at the end of the season authorized by his/her commercial fishing licence must still submit a season-end declaration form, available from the department. Season End Declarations are to be submitted to the address below no later than seven days after the end of the season.

Wildlife and Fisheries Branch
Sustainable Development
Box 20, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3

Season end declarations continue to be required under the new regulations when holding unsold fish in the province.

If a fisher sells fish that was declared on the season-end declaration to a consumer or fur farmer, he or she must record the season-end declaration number on the applicable trade record.

SPECIAL DEALERS

Under the former system, Special Dealers were licenced by the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. Special Dealers licences allowed you to process and sell fish, bought from commercial fishers, to non-final consumers (grocery stores and restaurants, for example). The new Fish Marketing Regulation requires a new licencing system to replace that administered by the corporation. When the Act comes into force, your current Special Dealer Licence is deemed to be a Fish Dealer Licence under the date it expires. However you will be required to follow the new regulations and reporting requirements of the new regulations. You will not be required to obtain a Fish Dealer Licence until your current Special Dealer Licence expires.

You will require a Fish Dealer Licence only if you conduct one of the following business activities:

  • selling fish to a purchaser other than a final consumer or fur famer;
  • buying fish from another commercial fisher; or
  • exporting fish.

Please see the information under Fish Dealers to apply for a licence and information on mandatory reporting forms.

If, as part of your business activities, you process fish on behalf of other fishers you may require a Fish Processing Facility Licence. Please see the information under Fish Processors to apply for a licence and mandatory reporting forms.

LOADSLIPS

A person must not transport fish in the province unless the fish is accompanied by a loadslip form approved by the director that contains the following information:

  • the name of the person who caught the fish and, if applicable, the person's fisher number and licence number under which the fish were caught;
  • the name of the person transporting the fish;
  • the date the fish is transported;
  • the species of fish, its form and its weight in kilograms;
  • the body of water in which the fish was caught;
  • the point at which the fish is loaded;
  • the address or location where the fish is to be delivered;
  • if applicable, the season end declaration number under which the fish were kept by the fisher.

A loadslip must be signed by the fisher or other person who caught the fish. A separate loadslip is required for each person's fish. A copy of each loadslip must be provided to the Wildlife and Fisheries Director no later than 7 days after the end of each month to:

Wildlife and Fisheries Branch
Sustainable Development
Box 20, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3

A copy of a loadslip must be retained for two years after they are prepared by the fish or other person who issues the loadslip.

A person who transports fish under authority of a loadslip must leave a copy of the loadslip with the person to whom the fish is delivered.

Additional Information
Contact

Wildlife and Fisheries Branch
Department of Sustainable Development
Box 20 - 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3W3
Phone # 204.945.6640
Fax # 204.948.2308
Email: fish@gov.mb.ca