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Have your say when it comes to new regulations regarding freshwater fishing. On November 17th, 2016 the BC Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resources Operations put out a press release calling for public comment on a suite of proposed freshwater fishing regulations changes. There are 50 different proposals listed, of which 7 are specific to Region 1 (Vancouver Island); the remaining 43 pertain to proposed changes in other areas of the province). The purpose of these changes varies from streamlining regulations, improving conservation, protecting species where risks from fisheries impacts may occur and improving angling opportunity.
Freshwater Anglers Interested In Regulation Changes – Urgent Action Required
If you are a freshwater angler and are concerned or interested in knowing more about these proposed changes, you can visit the provincial website and provide your comment. Public comment is only open until the December 16th, 2016 so do not delay! To visit the Angling, Hunting and Trapping Engagement (AHTE) web address where the proposed changes can be found, use this link: http://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/ (click on the button marked “Angling” to see the actual regs)
To comment on the proposals you will need to set up an account through their website, if you haven’t commented on regulations before. Their website guides you step-by-step through the account set up process at this link: http://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/how-to
If accepted, any or all of these proposed changes won’t come into effect until April 1st, 2017 with the introduction of the new two year freshwater fishing regulations guide. In recent years the province has been moving to a more internet-based service delivery of information, consultation, regulation and licensing, so going online is the best route. Otherwise, you can phone the Region 1 (Vancouver Island) BC Ministry of FL&NRO offices in Nanaimo directly at (250) 751-3100.