Fishing Licences - Pacific Region

Looking for a Sport Fishing Licence?

B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence for saltwater fishing

Non-Tidal Angling Licence for freshwater fishing

Service delivery changes at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2013

Pacific Fishery Licence Unit Contact Information

Counter service closures are now in effect for the Vancouver, Nanaimo and Prince Rupert Pacific Fishery Licence Units. Until further notice, existing Fisheries and Oceans Canada field offices will remain open to allow the following applicants, who have not received a DFO passcode, to obtain a Fisher Registration Card (FRC):

  • New entrants, or
  • Fish harvesters who did not hold a 2012 Fisher Registration Card (FRC)

Please be sure to contact the applicable field office prior to arriving to verify business hours, as some field offices may have condensed office hours.

For further licensing inquiries, please contact us:

Phone (toll-free): 1-877-535-7307

Fax: 604-666-5855

Further information on the National Online Licensing System

Licence Issuance Application Forms

Please contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans through one of the three options below to obtain a copy of a licence renewal application and/or any applicable forms not found under Additional Licensing Services Forms.

Note: once the “request” feature is available through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) in late summer/fall 2013, requests will need to be submitted through the system.

  • Option 1: Telephone: 1-877-535-7307
    Please be ready to identify your region, your name, vessel name (where applicable) and the type of application form you require and your licence number.  
  • Option 2: Fax: 604-666-5855
    Please be sure to attach a cover sheet with the header: ‘Pacific Region – Your Name – Vessel Name (where applicable) - Type of Request – Licence Number ‘ (e.g. Pacific – John Smith – MV The Vessel – Halibut Renewal Application – L 567)  
  • Option 3: Email: fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    Please be sure to attach a subject line in the email indicating ‘Pacific Region – Your Name – Vessel Name (where applicable) - Type of Request – Licence Number’ (e.g. Pacific – John Smith – MV The Vessel – Halibut Renewal Application – L 567)

Note: Licence renewal and payment of fees is mandatory on a yearly basis in order to retain the privilege to be issued the licence. Failure to renew annually will result in the licence eligibility to cease and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) being unable to consider an application for licence issuance in future.

Licencing Information

Quota Information

Because of formatting constraints, these materials can only be provided in PDF format which you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open. If you have trouble accessing these documents please contact: pflu@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Initial Quota Allocation and Licence Fees:

Commercial Licence Updates

Additional Licensing Services Forms

Application forms for 2011-2012 fishing season are now filed in the Archives.