Fishery Notice

General Information
Licensing Information
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
RECREATIONAL - General Information
FN0306-Licensing Information - Recreational Fisheries - 2016-2017 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences are necessary from April 1 2016

Starting April 1, 2016, 2016 - 2017 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences 
are necessary to fish in tidal waters in BC.  

New for 2016 - 2017: Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences no longer need to be 
signed by the licence holder.

Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences can be obtained via any computer connected 
to the Internet at or by using online search 
key words "Recfish Licence". In order to print a licence on a personal 
computer, you will need a printer with 8.5 x 11 letter-sized paper, Adobe 
Reader, a compatible web browser, and a valid credit or debit card. 

To avoid system delays, the best time to access the National Recreational 
Licensing System is outside of peak periods. Peak periods are every day from 12-
3pm; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; April 1st of each year; and anytime 
there is a major fishery opening, such as the Fraser Sockeye opening.

If there is an emergency outage, limited internet connectivity or if you are 
having trouble obtaining your licence, you can also visit an Independent Access 
Provider; a list of current service locations may be found at If you 
are a non-resident wishing to fish for halibut in Areas 23, 121, or 123, you 
must acquire a licence through one of these locations. 

Refunds will not be issued for licences purchased online, so please ensure your 
licence selection is correct before you complete your transaction.

The British Columbia Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide (SFG) is available online.

For the most current information on recreational fisheries or to download a pdf 
copy of the SFG, visit the online BC Sport Fishing Guide website:

Note that the printed version of the SFG will be condensed and will include 
static information that does not change on a regular basis.  In-season changes 
will be communicated through regular website updates.


Phone: 1-877-535-7307

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0306
Sent April 8, 2016 at 1009