Scientific licences

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for the issuance of licences to harvest fish for experimental, scientific, educational or public display purposes. Fishing means fishing for, catching or attempting to catch fish by any method. This definition includes fishing when there is no intent to retain any fish such as for absence/presence studies.

If you are a researcher, research institution or biological consultant and need to harvest fish for these purposes, you must have a Scientific Licence.

There is no fee for a Scientific Licence unless it is for public display purposes, in which case the fee is $100.

If you intend to fish for bivalves that are in a contaminated area you require a licence issued under the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations (MCFR). A $100 fee applies for this licence.

Depending on the complexity of the application and availability of staff it could take up to 30 days to process, approve and send out a licence.

Applications and permits

Related materials


South Coast Area Scientific Licences

Fraser River Area Scientific Licences

North Coast Area Scientific Licences