Fishing and hunting

Licences, permits and funding programs related to fishing, aquaculture and migratory bird hunting.


Services and information

Aboriginal fishing

Programs that support Aboriginal fisheries, and funding for commercial fishing and conservation.

Commercial fishing

Pacific and Yukon, Atlantic and Arctic, licences, exporting, quotas, statistics, openings, closures.


Recreational fishing

Licences, regulations, funding for conservation projects, awards, industry statistics and data.

Seals and sealing

Facts, statistics and regulations on Canada’s seal harvest, and the six species of seals affected.


Migratory birds

Conservation, research, regulations, monitoring and permits relating to migratory birds.

Shellfish harvesting and safety

The latest information about closures for bivalve shellfish (e.g. clams, oysters and mussels).



Sustainable fish and shellfish farming, licences, regulations, statistics, science and research.

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.

Report poaching

If you observe a fisheries violation, you are encouraged to report it. In any province or territory, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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