Special Use Herring Fishery - Pacific Region

In the special use herring fishery, herring are fished both for bait and for food for personal, recreational, and commercial use. The fishery primarily takes place in the Strait of Georgia, but can occur throughout the coast where areas are open to fishing activities as described in the IFMP.

The fishery is organized into five licence types, to accommodate for specific needs of the unique products of this fishery. All bait herring licences are party based, and must be designated to a registered commercial fishing vessel that is eligible for a vessel based commercial licence.

Integrated Fisheries Management Plan

Fishery Information

Special use herring fishery contact

For more information on Special use herring fishery in the Pacific Region please contact:


Herring Resource Manager
Fisheries and Oceans Canada