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Pacific Region Licences

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Browse this section to find statistics on commercial fishing licences issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Pacific Region. You will also find information collected through the registration of commercial fishing vessels. Data are available from 1985 onward.

Continuing its long-term trend, the number of registered commercial fishing vessels in the Pacific region declined slightly in 2022 to 2,165. The number of registered commercial fishing vessels has decreased by 15% from 2012 and 34% from 2002. Smaller vessels (less than 45 ft in length) represent 81% of the total fleet, while mid-size vessels (45 ft to 100ft) and large-size vessels (more than 100 ft) represent about 18% and less than 1%, respectively. The relative shares of the vessel sizes have remained consistent since 2002.

The number of individual annual commercial licences in the Pacific region has been on the decline since 2002 but increased to 4,668 in 2022, up 2% following a record low year in 2021. These individual license holders were issued a total of 5,731 commercial fishing licences in 2022, a slight increase from 2021. Salmon (29%), Herring (26%), and Shrimp/Prawn (8%) represent the majority of commercial licences issued in 2022. Relative to 2012, the number of individual licence holders and the total number of commercial fishing licences issued are down by 16% and 7%, respectively.

Data tables:

Personal licenses information

(Number of personal licences issued by type)

Species information

(Number of commercial fishing licences issued, by species)

Vessel information

(Number of commercial fishing vessels registered, by size)
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