Internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) Survey

Contact us if you have further questions or comments: DFO Sport Fishing Survey Team.

For assistance in completing the survey, please view this instructional video:

iREC survey instructional video (Transcript)

Why this survey & “your catch counts”?

As a sport fishing license holder for Pacific tidal waters, you belong to an accountable community that shares responsibility for BC’s sustainable recreational fishery. When you count and report your catch you are helping to manage and protect the future health and vibrancy of the recreational fishery. Your catch information, combined with the reports of thousands of other sport fishers, is helping DFO to meet mandatory, domestic and international requirements to monitor the recreational fishery.

Participation is mandatory

As of April 2013, a condition of licence on Tidal Waters Sport Fishing licences requires that licence holders provide information on their recreational fishing activity and catch to DFO representatives when requested. Thus, responding to the survey is a condition of your fishing licence.

Who is included in the survey?

The survey participants are randomly selected from Pacific tidal waters sport fishing licence holders including annual and term licences, and resident and non-resident licences. Juvenile fishers (under the age of 16) are not included. Licence holders can only be selected once for each licence they hold.

Who is conducting the survey?

The survey is being conducted for DFO by PRA Inc., an independent consulting company that specializes in survey delivery.

How is the survey being conducted?

The survey selection process is entirely random, with a new group of licence holders randomly selected each survey period. The survey period is normally one month but shorter periods may be used in the future.

You will receive email notifications about your required participation

You will receive a personalized, private access link to the survey. Contact information provided by DFO to PRA will be kept securely and used only for the purpose of conducting this survey.  Individual survey responses will remain strictly confidential and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the federal Privacy Act.

You will be asked to summarize all fishing activity and catch during the survey period.

You can opt to record information periodically (preferred if several fishing trips occur in the survey period), or to complete the survey on a single visit to the website after the survey period ends. If you don’t fish during the survey period you must indicate this on the survey as well.