Scientific licences

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for the issuance of licences to harvest fish for experimental, scientific, educational or public display purposes. 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.

Scientific Licence Application form (PDF)

Fisheries Management Map

Any transfer of live specimens between marine areas, or to holding tanks which discharge to marine waters, requires a permit from the Federal/Provincial Introductions and Transfers Committee. Applications and contacts are available here.

Research into any species listed in the Species At Risk Act (SARA) requires a permit issued under SARA. Application forms are available here.

Related materials


South Coast Area Scientific Licences

Fraser River Area Scientific Licences

North Coast Area Scientific Licences