Internet Annual Recreational Catch (iARC) reporting program

The iARC reporting program annually collects catch records written on the sport fishing licences of randomly selected fishers. The department uses responses to the program to 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 reporting program and creel surveys allow the development of improved finalized catch estimates. The program is being conducted for DFO by an independent consulting company that specializes in survey delivery.

Your catch counts

As a sport fishing licence holder for Pacific tidal waters, you belong to an accountable community that shares responsibility for BC’s sustainable recreational fishery. When you count and report your catch and effort you are helping to manage and protect the future health and vibrancy of the recreational fishery. Your fishing information, combined with the reports of thousands of other sport fishers, is helping DFO to meet mandatory, domestic and international requirements to monitor the recreational fishery.

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 ( see section 61 of the Fisheries Act). Thus, responding to the reporting program is a condition of your fishing licence.

Selecting iARC program participants

Participants in this annual reporting program are randomly selected from Pacific tidal waters sport fishing licence holders, and include holders of annual and term licences, and resident and non-resident licences. Juvenile fishers (under the age of 16) are not included. However, adult participants are asked to provide catch records from any juvenile licences of children in their household. Licence holders selected to the iARC reporting program will not be selected for the iREC reporting program, and vice versa.

Notification about your required participation

If you are selected for the iARC reporting program, selection and access information will be provided in two ways:

Completing your report

The reporting program asks you to provide any catch information recorded on your licence and on any licences of children under the age of 16 years in your household. To ensure the accuracy of the information entered, you will be asked to provide catch records only if you still have your licence available to refer to when completing your report. Even if you have already discarded your licence(s), we ask that you answer the questions in the iARC program that do not require reference to your licence.

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Contact us

If you have further questions or comments, you can email DFO’s Sport Fishing Report Team.