Sep. 28, 2016


Reminder - Mandatory Humane Harvesting Training for the Commercial Seal Fishery – Fall 2016


Fisheries and Oceans reminds all Commercial Seal licence holders that Humane Harvesting Training on the three-step process is mandatory for all Commercial Seal licence holders – both Professional and Temporary Assistant licence categories.


Humane Harvesting training sessions are currently scheduled in September and October 2016, as outlined below.


WEEK 1 - September 26-30, 2016

Thursday September 29th Virign Arm Lion's Club
Thursday September 29th Mary’s Harbour River Lodge Hotel
Friday September 30th St. John’s Ramada Inn


Week 2 - October 3-7, 2016 

Monday October 3rd St. Anthony Lion's Club
Tuesday October 4th Deer Lake Deer Lake Motel
Wednesday October 5th Grand Falls Mount Peyton Hotel
Thursday October 6th Clarenville Clarenville Inn
Thursday October 6 Goose Bay Hotel North Two


These workshops are being delivered specifically for those Commercial Sealers who have not already successfully completed this training and received the appropriate course completion certificates.


Sealers who did not renew their 2015 licence will be granted an opportunity to renew their 2016 licence after they have successfully completed this mandatory training.


If you have successfully participated in a Humane Harvesting Training Session recognized by the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB), and can provide the Department with written proof of this training, then you meet the mandatory training requirement for licence renewal.


It is important to note that if Commercial Sealers do not complete the mandatory Humane Harvesting training and renew their 2016 Commercial Sealing licence by 30 November 2016, their Commercial Seal licence will not be eligible for renewal in 2017.


Any questions on this training can be directed to Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the following email address:


“Notices to Fish Harvesters” for all commercial fisheries are now available online under the Fishery Notices link on the DFO NL Region webpage at


If you would like to have all “Notices to Fish Harvesters” for commercial fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact :