B.C. updates, releases 2017-2019 fishing regulations

The Province has released the new, updated guide to freshwater fishing rules and regulations.

B.C. updates

B.C. updates

The Province has released the new, updated guide to freshwater fishing rules and regulations.

Government has posted the 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis on its fishing regulation website (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/) and printed copies will soon be available at Front Counter B.C., Service B.C. and stores that sell fishing licences.

This synopsis is a comprehensive guide to the regulations, policies, and practices that guide freshwater fishing in B.C. The Province updates the synopsis every two years, and regularly posts updates online.

The synopsis also includes important angling-related articles including information on stopping the spread of invasive aquatic species, catch-and-release best practices, and tips on how to help keep aquatic ecosystems natural, intact and healthy.

The Thompson-Nicola-Kamloops area is noted as Region 3 in the synopsis.

Freshwater fishing generates almost $1 billion towards the provincial economy annually.

The Province collects $10 million each year from licence fees, money which goes directly to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. The Society supports angling-related research, conservation, stocking, access and education programs.

Under the federal Fisheries Act, the Province is responsible for non-salmon freshwater fisheries, including sea-run steelhead, trout, and char. The federal government is responsible for commercial and recreational fisheries in tidal waters, and salmon fisheries.

The synopsis can be found right here on the North Thompson Star/Journal website (www.starjournal.net) by clicking on e-Editions.

Download the synopsis or check for updated angling regulations: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/

Find out more about the Freshwater Fisheries Society at: https://www.gofishbc.com