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.

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Our current Fisheries and Oceans Canada website will remain available until the move to is complete.



Our services and information

Tides, currents and water levels

Water level predictions, forecasts and observations (real-time) by location.

Nautical charts

Find, update, purchase and register charts, locate a dealer, and get Notices to Mariners.

Commercial fishing licenses

Get, renew and pay for your commercial fishing licence (National Online Licensing System).

Fishery openings and closures

Find information on openings and closures by fishery, by region.

Recreational fishing licenses and regulations

Find information on sport fishing in B.C., licenses and regulations by province/territory, statistics, and conservation program.

Shellfish harvesting closures

Find information on sites closed to shellfish harvesting for health and safety reasons and red tide.

Projects near water

Learn more about project reviews and authorizations, and measures to avoid harm to fish and fish habitat.

Marine emergency or concern

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

National Online Licensing System

Get, renew and pay for your commercial fishing licence.

Corporate information

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