Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Province releases new freshwater fishing guide and updated regulations

With warmer weather on the way, the province's fresh water fishing fanatics will soon be taking to the streams in search of their prey and as they do, the province will have some updated notes available for those that plan to take to the province's waterways this spring and summer.

The 2019-20 Freshwater Fishing Regulations were recently made available online (see here) and provide for a comprehensive guide to the regulations, policies and practices that govern freshwater fishing in BC.

The synopsis is a comprehensive guide to the regulations, policies and practices that guide freshwater fishing in B.C. The Province updates the synopsis every two years and regularly posts updates online.

It also includes important angling-related articles, including information on catch-and-release best practices, preventing the spread of invasive aquatic species and tips on how to help keep aquatic ecosystems intact and healthy.

The pursuit of freshwater fish makes for a significant boost to the BC economy providing for 1 billion annually in the province.

The provincial government collects 10 million dollars every year from licence fees, which is then turned directly over to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC which supports angling-related research, conservation, education and supply stocking.

Under the federal Fisheries Act, the Province is responsible for non-salmon freshwater fisheries, including sea-run steelhead, trout and char. 

The federal government is responsible for commercial and recreational fisheries in tidal waters and salmon fisheries.

You can find out more about the Freshwater Fisheries Society here, while further background on what you need to know about freshwater fishing in BC can be explored here.

For those who prefer a hard copy of their regulations, the latest update is expected to be delivered shortly to Front Counter BC locations across the province, Service BC locations and stores that sell fishing licences.

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