Sample of Proposed Tickets

The following table provides examples of minor fishing offences that might be included in the Contraventions Regulations, along with the proposed ticket amounts.

Disclaimer: This list is provided for consultation purposes only. The Department is currently in the process of elaborating the complete list of offences to be designated as contraventions and included in the Contraventions Regulations. Whether some or all of the examples provided below are ultimately designated as contraventions remains to be determined. It is also important to remember that fishery officers will maintain their discretion to choose the most appropriate enforcement tool (e.g. warning, ticket, charges, etc.) given the circumstances surrounding any offence, including those designated as contraventions.

Regulation Section Description Proposed Ticket Amount
Fishery (General) Regulations
FGR 11 Every holder of a licence or fisher’s registration card shall carry it at all times while engaged in any activity to which it relates and shall produce it on the demand of a fishery officer or fishery guardian $100
FGR 18(1)(a) Where there is a transfer of ownership of a registered vessel or a loss, destruction, dismantling or other removal of a registered vessel from use as a fishing vessel, the person in whose name the vessel is registered shall notify the Minister in writing of the event within 15 days after the occurrence of the event. $100
FGR 22(7) No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence. $500
FGR 25(2)(a) No person whose licence is suspended under section 9 or 79.1 of the Act shall, during the period of suspension engage in fishing for any species of fish for which fishing was authorized by the licence. $500
FGR 27(1)(a) and (b) It is prohibited for any person to set, operate or leave unattended in the water any fishing gear other than mobile gear or handlines unless the gear is marked in accordance with subsections (2) to (6) with  
  • where a vessel registration number is set out in the licence authorizing the use of that gear, the vessel registration number; or  
  • in any other case, the name of the person who owns the gear.
$150
FGR 34(3) No person who is food fishing for personal use or fishing for recreational or sport purposes shall waste any fish that is suitable for human consumption. $200, plus $50 for each additional fish
FGR 35(2) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall buy, sell, trade, barter or offer to buy, sell, trade or barter any fish unless it was caught and retained under the authority of a licence issued for the purpose of commercial fishing, a licence issued under Part VII, a licence issued under the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations in which the Minister has authorized the sale of fish or an Excess Salmon to Spawning Requirement Licence issued under the Pacific Fishery Regulations, 1993. $500
FGR 36(2)(a) No person who catches and retains a fish under the authority of a licence issued for the purpose of commercial fishing shall have the fish in possession if the fish is skinned, cut, packed or otherwise dealt with in such a manner that the species cannot be readily identified. $500
FGR 51 No person shall fish for experimental, scientific, educational, aquatic invasive species control or public display purposes unless authorized to do so under a licence. $200
FGR 55(1)(a) and (b) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall, unless authorized to do so under a licence, 
  • release live fish into any fish habitat; or 
  • transfer any live fish to any fish rearing facility.
$500
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985
AFR 13(1)(a) Subject to section 15 and subsection 51.1(2), no person shall use a vessel, and no owner of a vessel shall permit another person to use the vessel, in fishing for any species of fish referred to in these Regulations unless a vessel registration card has been issued in respect of the vessel. $200
AFR 14(1)(a) Subject to subsection (4) and section 15, no person shall fish for any species of fish set out in Schedule I unless he holds a fisher’s registration card. $200
AFR 37(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), the master of a vessel fishing with mobile gear shall maintain a distance of at least one-half nautical mile between his vessel, including any mobile gear attached thereto, and any previously set fishing gear. $300
AFR 52(c) No person shall, in a Crab Fishing Area set out in column I of an item of Schedule XII, during the close time set out in column II of that item, subject to section 52.1, have a crab trap on board a vessel. $350
AFR 57(1)(a) No person shall, in a Lobster Fishing Area set out in column I of an item of Schedule XIV, during the close time set out in column II of that item, fish for lobster $500
AFR 57(2) No person shall possess, in a Lobster Fishing Area set out in column I of an item of Schedule XIV, a lobster of a length that is less than the length set out in column III of that item. $500, plus 100 for each lobster
AFR 59(3) No person shall buy, sell or have in their possession any female lobster with eggs attached. $500
AFR 91(1) No person shall engage in recreational fishing for groundfish during the close time of January 1 to January 31. $500
AFR 91(2) No person shall engage in recreational fishing for groundfish by any means other than by hand-line or by angling. $200
AFR 91(3)(a) and (b) No person engaged in recreational fishing for groundfish shall, in any day, catch and retain more than a quota of ten groundfish of all species in the aggregate, comprising
  • a total of not more than five cod, haddock and pollock; and
  • not more than one halibut.
$200, plus $50 for each groundfish in excess of quota.
Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations
NLFR 10(1) Subject to subsection (4) and section 11, no person shall fish for, catch or kill or attempt to fish for, catch or kill any fish in any inland waters other than by angling. $200
NLFR 10(2) No person shall jig, net, sweep, rake or willfully foul hook or attempt to jig, net, sweep, rake or foul hook fish in inland waters and any fish accidentally foul hooked shall be released. $500
NLFR 13 No person shall angle in, or have angling gear that is in readiness for fishing within 15 m of any waters set out in column I of an item of Schedule III during the close time set out in column II of that item. $500
NLFR 13.1(1) No person engaged in angling shall, in any one day, catch and retain more fish of a species set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, from the waters set out in column II of that item, than the daily quota set out in column III of that item. $200, plus $100 for each additional fish
NLFR 14(3)(a) No person shall, while ice fishing, use more than three separate lines, or rods and lines, at any time $200, plus $50 per line exceeding limit
NLFR 21 No person under the age of fourteen years shall angle in any river set out in Schedule I unless he is accompanied by and under the supervision of a person who has attained the age of seventeen years. $100
NLFR 22 No person shall angle for fish in any river set out in Schedule I during that part of any day commencing one hour after sunset and ending one hour before sunrise on the following day. $500
NLFR 24 No person shall retain alive any sport fish taken by angling in any inland waters. $250
NLFR 32(1)(a) No person shall fish for smelts in inland waters by means of nets, trap nets or seines except from October 1 until March 31 $200
NLFR 34(1) No person shall fish for, take, catch or kill or attempt to fish for, take, catch or kill eels without a licence issued for that purpose, except by angling. $500
Pacific Fishery Regulations, 1993
PFR 5 No person shall bring into the Province any live fish of a species set out in Schedule VIII. $500
PFR 6(a) No person shall fish by snagging or with snares. $500
PFR 13(2) A buoy floating on the surface of the water shall be attached to each end of every gill net that is not attached to a vessel. $250
PFR 26(1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall fish except under the authority of a licence issued under these Regulations, the Fishery (General) Regulations or the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations $500
PFR 40 Where notified by a fishery officer or fishery guardian that a roe herring fishery is about to be opened in an area, a person who is operating a fishing vessel in that area shall, unless the vessel is authorized to be used in the roe herring fishery in that area pursuant to a Category H licence, remove the vessel from the area until the fishery has opened. $250
PFR 41(3)(b) No person shall, in an area designated as a herring spawning ground under subsection (1), anchor any fishing vessel or any other vessel used to assist in herring fishing. $250
PFR 51 No person shall drive or attempt to drive salmon from one area of water to another. $500
PFR 57(2)(a) No person who is fishing for salmon shall set a gill net in the water and leave it unattended. $500
PFR 65(1)(a), (b) and (c) No person shall take a razor clam that is less than 90 mm in width; a butter clam that is less than 63 mm in width; or a Manila or littleneck clam that is less than 38 mm in width. $200 plus $1 for each clam smaller than minimum width.
PFR 77 Notwithstanding anything in these Regulations or the Fishery (General) Regulations, where a person at any time catches a halibut that bears a tag affixed by the Commission, the person may retain the halibut, if at the time of the landing of the halibut the person reports the landing to a fishery officer or a representative of the Commission and makes the halibut, with the tag still affixed, available for examination by a fishery officer or a representative of the Commission. $500
British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996
BCSFR 4 Subject to these Regulations, no person shall molest or injure fish. $200
BCSFR 7 No person shall angle with a fishing line to which is attached a weight that is greater than one kilogram. $250
BCSFR 11 No person shall angle from a vessel that is equipped with a motor in the waters set out in column I of an item of Schedule II situated in the M.U. set out in column II of that item during the period set out in column III of that item. $250
BCSFR 13(1) No person shall possess more fish of a species, other than halibut, except at the person’s ordinary residence, than twice the daily quota for fish of that species prescribed by these Regulations. $200, plus $100 for each fish in excess of quota
BCSFR 14 No person on board a vessel shall possess any halibut taken by sport fishing if there are any other fish on board the vessel that are destined for sale, trade or barter. $500
BCSFR 21 No person shall hold more than one licence. $500
BCSFR 24(1) No person shall fish for fish of a species set out in column I of an item of Schedule IV, in any Subarea, with a type of gear or by a method set out in column III of that item during the close time set out in column IV of that item. $200, plus $50 for each fish in excess of quota
BCSFR 39(1) No person shall fish for crab with more than two ring nets, dip nets and crab traps in the aggregate. $500
BCSFR 49 No person shall fish for salmon by a method or with a type of gear or bait set out in column I of an item of the table to this section in any Subarea, lake or stream during the close time set out in column II of that item. $500