Report your catch

Monitoring surveys

Your catch counts

To monitor the sport fishery, DFO conducts surveys in tidal and some freshwater locations. Fishery technicians at certain marinas, boat ramps and rivers may ask you about your fishing, including:

They may also ask to collect biological samples from your catch (e.g. tissue for DNA stock identification analysis, scales for age analysis). In addition to these surveys, many fishing guides, lodges and independent anglers keep logbooks and collect samples to help with the shared task of monitoring catches.

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. Responding to the survey is a condition of your fishing licence.

Internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) Survey

Ongoing email survey conducted for DFO by an independent company. Participants are chosen randomly from among B.C. sport fishing licence holders. If you’re chosen, you’ll receive emails about your required participation. You will be asked to summarize all your fishing activity and catch during the survey period.

Internet Annual Recreational Catch (iARC) Survey

Annual online survey that collects catch records written on the sport fishing licences of 20,000 randomly selected fishers. Using the responses, the department is able estimate recreational catches of Halibut, Lingcod and Chinook Salmon, and average weights of Halibut, by month and management area. Comparisons of these catch estimates with those from the iREC and creel surveys allow improved finalized catch estimates to be developed.

Privacy Notice to Holders of a Pacific Region Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence

In addition to the personal information collected when you purchased your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence, DFO requires additional information to determine recreational catch and effort statistics. This additional information includes the following elements: date(s) fished, management unit(s) fished in, method(s) of fishing used, number of juvenile licence holders fishing with you (if any), days originated from a commercial fishing lodge (if any), days fished with a paid fishing guide (if any), the number, by species, of finfish and shellfish kept and released and length of halibut kept.

This information will be collected via the internet Recreational Effort and Catch Survey or the internet Annual Recreational Catch survey, which are administered by an independent consulting company on DFO’s behalf. The consulting company will be provided with your name, licence number and email address in order to conduct the survey.

The information that you provide may be used to evaluate fish management and stock assessment programs. It may also be disclosed to DFO’s Compliance and Enforcement Division in the event of a suspected violation. In some cases, information may be disclosed without consent for purposes authorized under subsection 8(2) of the Privacy Act.

Personal information is collected pursuant to section 7 of the Fisheries Act, and section 17 of the British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996. Not providing the information requested in the survey would be a violation of the conditions of your licence.

You have the right to the correction of, access to and protection of your personal information under the Privacy Act. If you have concerns regarding the handling of your personal information, you have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Personal information collected through the survey is described in the Personal Information Banks entitled Nationally Regulated Recreational, Domestic, and Sport Fishing (DFO PPU 415). Learn more