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All anglers must have a licence to go fishing. Many fishing locations do not have an Independent Access Provider, making it best to acquire your licence online before you head out.
Always carry your licence with you.
- For the 2014-2015 season, all licences will be delivered electronically through the National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS).
- Licences can also be purchased through participating Independent Access Providers (AIP) [PDF]. It is recommended that you confirm purchasing your licence with a Provider prior to departure.
- New Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Salmon Conservation Stamps for the 2014-2015 season will be available for purchase in mid-March 2014, but you may register now to familiarize yourself with the system or purchase a licence and stamp for the current year (which ends March 31, 2014). Once you register, you will also be able to replace a lost licence or renew future licences through NRLS.
- For non-residents who wish to fish for halibut in Areas 23, 121, or 123, a licence must be acquired from an Independent Access Provider in Canada.
- Refunds will not be issued for licences purchased online, so please ensure your licence selection (including the fishing year) is correct before you complete your transaction.
- For more information:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 1-877-535-7307
A Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence:
- is required to fish for any species of finfish or shellfish.
- is not transferable.
- is not valid unless signed by the licence holder.
- can be obtained in person; a parent may obtain a licence for a child under age 16; and a licence can be obtained for a spouse.
- must be produced on request by a fishery officer, conservation officer or fishery guardian, so ensure you have your licence with you while fishing or transporting your catch.
- Juveniles must obtain a licence, at no charge.
- Annual licences are valid from date shown on the licence to the following March 31. Licences of a shorter duration expire at midnight on the final day of validity.
- It is illegal to hold more than one licence.
Electronic Licence Restriction : Halibut
Only a Canadian resident may fish for halibut under an electronic licence in Areas 23, 121 and 123. Non–residents of Canada wishing to fish for and retain halibut in Management Areas 121, 23 and 123 must purchase an electronic licence through a Canadian Independent Access Provider.
A Canadian resident is an individual who normally resides in Canada. Proof of residency must be provided on request. A Non-Canadian resident is any individual who does not live in Canada. Fees do not include taxes.
|Licence Type & Duration||Fee: Non-Resident||Fee: Resident|
|Annual Licence, Adult (16-64 years of age)||$101||$21|
|Annual Licence, Senior (65 years of age and over)||$101||$11|
|Annual Licence, Juvenile (Under 16 years of age)||Free||Free|
|Salmon Conservation Stamp||$6||$6|
DFO licensing contacts
For further licensing inquiries, please contact:
Phone (toll-free): 1-877-535-7307
A Salmon Conservation Stamp ($6.00 + tax) must be affixed to licences held by anglers, both adult and juvenile, wishing to retain any species of Pacific salmon. The Stamp is annual.
If a licence is lost or accidentally destroyed, a replacement licence must be obtained prior to resuming fishing, and can be acquired at no cost from any Independent Access Provider. The Provider will ask you to complete and sign a Statement of Loss describing the disposition of the original licence. It is illegal to hold more than one licence.
Statistics for Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences - These figures represent reported sales to date indicated.
Individuals may purchase and pay online for a Freshwater Fishing Licence for recreational purposes www.fishing.gov.bc.ca
For information on Non-tidal Angling Licence categories and current fees, please visit the BC Government’s website.
Your Non-tidal Angling Licence must be validated with a provincial Salmon Conservation Stamp to keep a salmon from non-tidal waters. A stamp is not required if you intend to release all salmon caught, however a provincial Non-tidal Angling Licence is still required.
Information: Are you an Independent Access Provider or a licence information provider?
Download these useful NRLS public information materials (all in PDF format):
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