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“New” Federal Contravention Act Tickets 2022

Happy New Year! …and beware the heftier fines now being levied for contravention of the many and myriad recreational fishery rules.

Common Offenses in the Strait of Georgia (not all offenses included):

BC Sport Fishing Regulations

18(1)(a)Fishing without a licence $575
22Fall to record catch (e.g., Chinook or lingood) $575
24Fish for finfish other than salmon during closed time (e.g., Rockfish Conservation Areas)$575
25(1)Retain finfish other than salmon in excess of quota $200 + $50 per fish + 15% surcharge
29(d) Retain undersize lingcod $200 + $100 per fish + 15% surcharge
34(1)Fish for shellfish during closed time (e.g., Prawn closed time) $575
35(1)Retain overlimit oysters/prawns $200 + $10 per oyster/prawn + 15% surcharge
36/a)Retain over limit clams $200 + $10 per clam + 15% surcharge
36(b)Retain overlimit crabs $200 + $10 per crab + 15% surcharge
37(1)(b)Retain undersize crabs $200+ $50 + 15% surcharge
38Fish for crustaceans/shellfish with illegal gear (e.g., too many prawn traps on a line)$575
41Fishing with crab trap with no rot cord $575
41.1Set crab or prawn gear that does not bear operator’s name $288
43Fishing for salmon during closed time $575
44Retain overlimit salmon $200 + $50 per salmon + 15% surcharge
Retain undersize salmon
$200 + $50 per salmon + 15% surcharge
49Fish for salmon with prohibited gear (e.g., Barbed hooks)$575

Fisheries Act

43.4(1)Fail to comply with terms and condition of licence (e.g., Fail to record halibut, retain female crabs, retain berried prawns, fail to use descending device)$863

Fishery (General) Regulations

11Fail to carry and produce licence $115
33(2)(b)fail to forthwith release incidentally caught fish in manner that causes least harm (e.g., Poor handling or catch and release practices)$200+ $50 per fish +15% surcharge
34(3)Wasting fish suitable for human consumption $200+ $50 per fish + 15% surcharge
35(2)Buying, selling, trading or bartering fish or offering to do so $350 + $50 per fish + 15% surcharge
36 (1)(a)Possessing fish, whose species cannot be readily determined (e.g., removing skin, tail or head before arriving at your home residence)$230
36(1)(b)Possessing fish, whose number cannot be readily determined (e.g., Filleting fish into multiple pieces before arriving at your home residence) $230

Anything used in the commission of the offence may be seized as evidence.

Fisheries Act changes planned with Bill C-68

The federal government is looking to change the Fisheries Act and to roll back changes made to the Act by the former ruling Conservatives. Please see bill C-68 here on the Parliament of Canada website.

Reporting to date seems concerned with reaction from industry groups, none of which appears to include sport fishing.

In a missive to the Sport Fishing Advisory Board, DFO has stated, “The changes proposed in this Bill are aimed at protecting fish and fish habitat, supporting Indigenous reconciliation, protecting biodiversity, and incorporating new modern safeguards. ” More information is available at the DFO’s webpage A Fisheries Act for the future.