Authorization of fish collection for Scientific, Educational or Public Display Purposes (Yukon/Transboundary Area)

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. DFO requires 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.

Mailing Address: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
100-419 Range Road
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 3V1
Attention: Licence Administrator
Fax: 867-393-6738

Licence applications must clearly identify the objective(s) of the fish collection, time period, location, target species, effort and collection methods. We suggest that a "Request for a Licence to Collect Fish for Scientific, Experimental, Educational or Public Display Purposes form" be used when you apply. This form is available online [PDF].

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.

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.


Collection Period and Timing

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.

Transport and Transplant of Live Fish and/or eggs/Milt

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

Species At Risk Act (SARA)

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

Aquatic Invasive Species

To prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species, there are a few simple things that can be considered:

  1. Before leaving an area: Drain water from boat, trailer and gear, remove all plant parts and mud
  2. Before entering another water body: Wash all your gear including waders with soapy water.

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