Internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) survey

The iREC survey is an ongoing monthly survey which collects information on fishing effort and catch. Randomly selected participants provide information about fishing activity including kept and released catch of over 80 species of finfish and shellfish, as well as effort information by date, area and fishing method. The survey is being conducted for DFO by an independent consulting company that specializes in survey delivery.

Instructional video

For assistance with completing the survey, please view this instructional video (Transcript)

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Program description

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 survey is a condition of your fishing licence.

Selecting survey participants

Participants for each monthly survey 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. Licence holders can only be selected once for each licence they hold. Note that although selection to each month is random, most adults with an annual licence will be selected for a monthly survey. Also, licence holders selected to the iREC survey will not be selected for the iARC survey, and vice versa.

Notification about your required participation

If you are selected for an iREC survey, survey selection and access information will be provided in two ways:

Completing the survey

For the days of your survey, you will be asked to report which days, areas and methods you fished, as well as all of your kept and released catches. You can record information periodically (preferred if several fishing trips occur in the survey period), or complete the survey on a single visit to the website after the survey period ends. If you don’t fish during the survey period you must indicate this on the survey as well.

Contact us

Contact us if you have further questions or comments: DFO Sport Fishing Survey Team.