Fishery Notice

General Information
Licensing Information
RECREATIONAL - General Information
FN0747-Recreational Licensing Information - August 1st 2016 BC Day Long Weekend Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licence Information

If you're going fishing this upcoming BC Day long weekend, plan ahead! For 
details on obtaining your recreational fishing licence, see below.

Is your area open to fishing?
Before you get your licence - please note that there are salmon and other 
fishery closures in effect in numerous areas of BC's tidal waters. For the 
latest details on openings and closures in your area: 

A) call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line) - Or 
B) visit our web page to 
find applicable fishery notices - Or
C) in-season fishing decisions by species/area:
gp/rec/season-saison/index-eng.html - Or 
D) follow our sport fishing Twitter account

Getting your licence:
You may get your electronically issued licence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
through our National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS). Licences can be 
purchased via any computer connected to the internet at www.pac.dfo- or by using Google search key words "Recfish Licence". Once 
you register, you will also be able to replace a lost licence or purchase 
future licences through NRLS. To obtain your licence through NRLS you will to 
be able to pay by credit card or by Interac (if supported by your bank). To 
print your licence your computer must have Adobe Reader and be connected to a 

Licences can also be purchased at select public access points; a list of 
current service locations for Independent Access Providers may be found at  

It is recommended that you contact the applicable Independent Access Provider 
to confirm the availability of licences prior to departure. 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 Independent Access Providers in Canada. 

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; and anytime there is a major fishery 
opening, such as the Fraser Sockeye opening.

Refunds will not be issued for licences purchased online, so please ensure your 
licence selection - and date of licence, including the fishing year - is 
correct before you complete your transaction.  


Phone: 	1-877-535-7307

Please contact DFO during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm) by email or 
phone and please indicate that you are a client in the Pacific Region.

Pacific Fishery Licence Unit

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0747
Sent July 27, 2016 at 1128