Fishery Notice

Category(s):
General Information
Licensing Information
RECREATIONAL - General Information
Subject:
FN0931-Recreational Licensing information for the 2016 Labour Day Long Weekend - Tidal Water Sport Fishing


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

Is your area open to fishing?
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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 http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm to 
find applicable fishery notices; Or
C) visit our web page for In-Season Fishing Decisions (area closures) 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/season-saison/index-eng.html; Or
D) follow our sport fishing Twitter account https://twitter.com/sportfishingbc

Getting your licence:
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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-
mpo.gc.ca/sportfish or by using internet 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 your bank is in a supporting 
partnership with us). To print your licence your computer must have Adobe 
Reader and be connected to a printer. Please keep your licence with you during 
fishing and while transporting catch.

Licences can also be purchased in person at over 150 public access points in 
BC; a list of current service locations for Independent Access Providers may be 
found at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/IAP-FAI-eng.pdf.  

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.

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.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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Email: 	fishing-peche@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Phone: 	1-877-535-7307
Web:	http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/index-eng.html

Please contact us during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm PST) by email 
or toll-free phone indicating that you are a client in the Pacific Region.

Pacific Fishery Licence Unit

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0931
Sent August 31, 2016 at 0954