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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch

The Fish and Wildlife Branch establishes legislation, policies and procedures for managing fishing and hunting activities, and for the allocation of fish and wildlife resources for recreational and commercial use. This is done by

  • administering the Wildlife Act of British Columbia
  • preparing all Fish and Wildlife Program regulations in consultation with regions and others
  • preparing the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis and the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis
  • managing the Guide Industry to ensure compliance and optimum use of resources
  • administering licences and permits
    [The Wildlife Act Permit Regulation – an Introduction]
  • collecting and analyzing hunter and angler harvest and effort data

The goal of the provincial Freshwater Fisheries Program is to conserve the natural diversity of fish and fish habitat and to sustainably manage the freshwater sport fishing in B.C. The province exercises delegated authority, under the federal Fisheries Act, for the management of non-salmon freshwater fisheries.

The vision of the provincial Wildlife Program is “naturally diverse and sustainable wildlife supporting varied uses for current and future generations.”  To achieve this vision, the Wildlife Program focuses its efforts on the adaptive, proactive and coordinated delivery of wildlife conservation, use and enjoyment opportunities.

Our mailing address is:

Fish and Wildlife Branch
PO Box 9391 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria B.C. V8W 9M8
Telephone: 250 387-9771

For Limited Entry Hunting enquiries ONLY, please phone: 250 356-5142