Internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) Survey



The Internet Recreational Effort and Catch Survey collects information on recreational fishing activity in tidal waters from thousands of participants, who each report on their fishing activity and catch for a single month.

As a recreational fisher, it is your responsibility to provide the information required to sustainably manage our shared fishery resources. It is also a condition of your tidal-waters recreational fishing licence to provide your fishing information through this survey. Even if you didn't fish at all or did fish but didn't bring home any catch, you are still required to complete the survey.

To learn how to complete the survey, please follow these step-by-step instructions.

To begin, you will receive an email requesting you to provide your recreational fishing activity and catch. To start the survey, follow the link provided.

If you fished during the month, select 'Continue to Report Fishing'.

If you are completing the survey after the month is finished, and you did not fish during the month, you can select 'I did not fish recreationally'. This option is only available when the month is finished.

A calendar will appear. Please select the first date on which you went fishing. You can add additional dates later.

Note that your calendar will only show the month for which you have been selected to report, and will only allow you to report for days in the past.

This will open your report dashboard. Here, the entries for each date you fished will be listed. You can add additional dates using the “add additional date” button. Using this green button, record the area where you fished.

A list of areas will appear. For more information on fishing areas, including maps, please click here, which will take you to the fisheries and oceans website.

Select the area where you fished.

This returns you to the report dashboard. Now, you will be able to select the fishing methods you used. You may select more than one method.

Once a method is selected, a green button will appear that allows to you complete the catch report for this date/area/method combination. Click this button.

A new screen will open, where you can enter details about your fishing event.

In this box, add the number of people under the age of 16 who hold fishing licenses and who fished with you. You will be reporting their catch along with yours.

If you select Angling from Boat, please record if your trip originated from a commercial fishing lodge. (select yes) Also, please record if you fished with a paid guide. This information is not requested for other fishing methods.

To add information about the fish you caught, please select Save and Continue.

On the next page, please provide details about the fish that you and all juveniles fishing with you caught during your fishing day. Do not record fish caught by other adults in your group. You do not need to enter 0 for any species you did not catch.

Scroll down the list until you find the species you caught. Please enter the number of fish you kept and the number that you released.

You may enter multiple species of fish. For information on species identification, please follow the links provided at the top of the page.

When completed, please scroll down and select Review and Confirm.

The catch form with the numbers you provided is now displayed again. Please ensure your entries are correct. You may make corrections on this form. Once correct, please scroll down and select 'I have reviewed my responses, continue'.

You will now return to Your Report Dashboard.

You can now select other fishing methods you may have used in each area, and complete a report for each method.

You may also add further dates by selecting Add Date.

If you have no further dates or details to report, please select Save and Close Current Session.

If you are completing the report after the month is finished, and you have no further information to add, you may select 'I have completed entering all of my fishing information'.

A pop-up box will ask you to confirm that you have entered all data for the month. Click OK.

This is the last screen where you can enter information - You can add comments about your fishing activity or the survey here if you wish; they are not required. If you have questions, email us using the link provided.

Once completed, please select Save and Close.

Thank you for your cooperation. This information allows Fisheries and Oceans Canada to estimate recreational fishing effort and catch, which helps to ensure a vibrant, sustainable recreational fishery into the future.

More information on the Internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) Survey.