Licensing information for the Yukon Transboundary area

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Recreational licences

Sport fishers intending to catch and retain salmon must have both a Yukon fishing licence and a Salmon conservation catch card. Our Whitehorse office is one of the vendors that issues Yukon angling licences on behalf of Environment Yukon. These licences can be purchased at our front counter Monday to Friday from 8am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4:30pm. Please contact us for current pricing.

Commercial licences

Commercial salmon fishing in Northern British Columbia and the Yukon is administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Whitehorse. Commercial Salmon Licences for the Stikine and Taku rivers in British Columbia and the Yukon River in the Yukon Territory are issued annually to licence holders.

Fisher Registration Cards (FRC) can be purchased from the Whitehorse office for commercial fishing in British Columbia. A Fisher Registration Card is required for all persons 16 years of age and over that are on board a commercial fishing vessel in BC. FRC applicants must be either a Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant or have either a Work Permit or Refugee Status. First time FRC applicants must provide two pieces of identification one of which must be a primary identification document.

Introductions and Transfer licences

Any transfer of live fish and/or eggs and milt into fish habitat or into fish rearing facility requires a permit from the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Introductions and Transfers Committee.

Scientific, educational or public display licences

Collection Licences are issued pursuant to Part VII of the General Fisheries Regulations, Section 51: "No person shall fish for experimental, scientific, educational or public display purposes unless authorized to do so under a licence".

Applications for a licence may be submitted by regular mail, email or fax as described on the application. We require a minimum of 10 business days to process your application, and more complex applications may take longer. Please note it is within the Minister's discretion to approve your application, and this process does not guarantee the Minister's approval.

Licence applications must clearly identify the objective(s) of the fish collection, time period, location, target species, effort and collection methods. If sampling fish during sensitive timing periods in aquatic environments in Yukon and transboundary waters, we suggest you describe means by which you will mitigation any negative effects.

Please note that applications for licences to collect non-salmon species (as well as Steelhead) in British Columbia must be made to the provincial Ministry of Environment.

Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of any issued license could result in withdrawal of the licence or affect the applicants' ability to obtain future licences.

Permits under the Species At Risk Act (SARA)

Research into any species listed in the Species At Risk Act (SARA) requires a permit issued under SARA.