Observe, Record and Report (ORR)

Help to protect our Fisheries Resource

1-800-465-4336 or in Greater Vancouver: 604-607-4186 Privacy Notice Statement

An important goal of enforcement is the prevention of violations before damage is done. The watchful eyes of everyone can provide a strong deterrent to potential violators and stop offences before they happen. Poachers value your silence.

Observe

Some common violations are:

  • exceeding the daily limit
  • fishing in a closed area
  • using illegal gear
  • damage to fish habitat and pollution

Record

Carry a pencil and record your observations

  • Date, time and location (e.g.: nearest town, fishing location)
  • Identity or description of violators (e.g.: height, weight, hair colour)
  • Boat or vehicle description (e.g.: licence, colour, make)
  • Evidence at the scene
  • Action of violator(s)

Report

Violations should be reported as soon as possible to:

DFO ORR phone line
Privacy Notice Statement

1-800-465-4336

604-607-4186
(in Greater Vancouver)

The provincial Ministry of Environment has established a toll-free hotline, Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP), which allows you to report known or suspected poachers and polluters.

For any fish, wildlife or environmental offences in non-marine areas, please call:

Provincial RAPP line

1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

The British Columbia Wildlife Federation offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to charges being laid against a person harming fish and wildlife and their habitat, as well as to private property belonging to mining, forestry, farmers and ranchers or other private concerns. Call the RAPP line.

For information, consult the BC Wildlife Federation's Wilderness Watch Program, or contact the Federation:

BC Wildlife Federation

1-888-881-2293

Information: Privacy Notice Statement

Please be advised that calls to the Observe, Record and Report Line may be monitored or recorded in order to facilitate accurate information management and quality assurance. Choosing to call the Observe, Record and Report lines, knowing that the calls may be monitored or recorded, serves as your express consent to be monitored or recorded. The information you provide during this call is collected under the authority of section 2 of the Criminal Code, sections 5 and 49-56 of the Fisheries Act, sections 85 and 115-118 of the Species At Risk Act, section 3 of the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act, subsection 33(1)(c) and sections 35 and 39 of the Oceans Act and sections 174 -184 of the Canada Shipping Act for the purpose of administering the monitoring, control and surveillance program, aimed at detecting and deterring illegal activities under DFO’s mandate. The information may be used for, but not limited to, enforcement and investigations, program planning or management, reporting, safety or security purposes, audit, evaluation, statistical analysis, research and policy development, and may be shared with third party service providers under contract with DFO. You have the right to the correction of, access to, and protection of, your personal information under the Privacy Act and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada over DFO’s handling of your information. Personal information collected through the processing of your call is described in the DFO Personal Information Bank DFO PPU 075 and can be accessed and assessed for accuracy.