Freshwater Fishing e-Licence News

Dear Angler:

Reminder! 2013-2014 Licences Available for Purchase

The new angling season is almost here and it’s time to renew your Non-Tidal Angling Licence.  Don’t miss a day of fishing in B.C.!  Your new annual licence will be valid from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

Quick and Easy!

buy your licence on-line, from your favourite fishing licence vendor or at any Service BC office.  As 2012/2013 licences will still be available for purchase during the month of March, be sure to select the 2013/14 NEW Season for your Basic Licence, Conservation Surcharge Stamps and Classified Waters Licence products.  Please note that all licence sales are final.

Your new online and printer friendly version of the 2013-2015 Regulations Synopsis will be available soon. Hard copies will continue to be available from licence vendors and Service BC Centres throughout the province.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations holds a photo contest for the cover of the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis.  For information on submitting photos of your fishing adventures for the next synopsis printing go to http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/photo.html.  Even if your photo doesn’t make it on the cover, it may still find a place within the publication.

Get informed!  New regulatory measures to protect our lakes and streams from high-risk aquatic invasive species are now in place.  To learn more about the regulations and the full list of species go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlifeactreview/cas/

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is on Father’s Day Weekend June 14-15-16, 2013

Family Fishing Weekend invites Canadian families to go fishing and enjoy B.C.’s great outdoors compliments of the provincial government.   Check the Family Fishing Society of BC’s website at www.bcfamilyfishing.com for complete details on fishing regulations, suggested places to fish and locations of special community events.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is also encouraging Canadian residents to try their hand at tidal (saltwater) fishing over Father’s Day weekend.   For more information go to http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2012/np-pr11-eng.htm

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

Sustainable management and conservation of B.C.’s fisheries resources is delivered through the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.  

Your licence fees continue to support provincial fish stocking and sport fish development programs delivered by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.  To receive their newsletter with information on seasonal fishing opportunities, stories and tips sign up at http://www.gofishbc.com/home.aspx 

In Season Regulation Changes

Don’t forget to subscribe to in-season regulation updates!  If you would like more information using the ministry’s RSS feed, follow these instructions.

We want your feedback!

Surveys are an important part of fisheries management.  If you receive one, please complete it and return it using the envelope provided. Thankyou!

Don’t forget the Regulations Public Engagement Site at http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/ where you can provide your comments on proposed angling, hunting and trapping regulations and policies. Check back as the ministry will post final regulatory and policy decisions on the website. 

Thank you!

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and working together to ensure that British Columbia continues to provide world-class fishing opportunities.

If you have questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or our How-To Guide for the British Columbia Angling, Hunting, and Trapping Website.

Please feel free to forward this email to anglers you know who may not have subscribed to receive it.

 

Andrew Wilson

Director, Fish, Wildlife & Habitat Management Branch
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations