Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the federal lead for managing Canada's fisheries, its oceans and freshwater resources, and safeguarding its waters. We support economic growth in the marine and fisheries sectors, innovation through research in areas such as aquaculture and biotechnology, and a healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystem for Canadians through habitat protection and sound science.
We are in the process of moving our services and information to Canada.ca.
Our current Fisheries and Oceans Canada website will remain available until the move to Canada.ca is complete.
Our services and information
Water level predictions, forecasts and observations (real-time) by location.
Find, update, purchase and register charts, locate a dealer, and get Notices to Mariners.
Get, renew and pay for your commercial fishing licence (National Online Licensing System).
Find information on openings and closures by fishery, by region.
Find information on sport fishing in B.C., licenses and regulations by province/territory, statistics, and conservation program.
Find information on sites closed to shellfish harvesting for health and safety reasons and red tide.
Learn more about project reviews and authorizations, and measures to avoid harm to fish and fish habitat.
Report a marine emergency, oil spill, poaching incident, marine mammal in distress or invasive species.
What we are doing
British Columbia recreational fishing licences
A Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence is required when fishing tidal waters or freshwater salmon in B.C. Your licence is available online or from an Independent Access Provider.
National Online Licensing System
Get, renew and pay for your commercial fishing licence.
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