Proposed Change to Firearms Marking Regulations Bill C-10A

Proposed Change to Firearms Marking Regulations Bill C-10A

If this is something you are concerned about, here is a printable letter to send to the Minister of Public Safety.

RSSCLetter to Minister March 2017

Link here to Victoria Fish and Game’s Call to Action /



Fisheries Notice

FN0110-Recreational – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 19 and 20: Fishery Management Actions Effective March 1, 2016.

– Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject:

FN0110-Recreational – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 19 and 20: Fishery Management Actions Effective March 1, 2016 Effective dates: 00:01 hours Tuesday, March 1 to 23:59 hours Friday, June 17, 2016 Waters:  Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.).

Management measure:  You may retain two (2) chinook salmon per day.  These chinook may be either- Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or- Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.  – The minimum size limit in these waters is 45 cm in length.  Management actions after June 17 will be announced in a second fishery notice.  Variation order 2016-082  Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.   Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye.  These fish are hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye. The term “hatchery marked” means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and coho salmon.

Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment.  Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information. Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all fin fishing.

Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474)

For more information:  Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at   Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0110Sent February 25, 2016 at 09:27Visit us on the Web at If you would like to unsubscribe, please submit your request at:

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Winter Recreational Prawn & Shrimp Closure Notice – Effective Midnight Dec 31st

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN1320-RECREATIONAL – Shellfish: Prawn and Shrimp – Areas 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28 Closures and Area 23 “Pulse Fishing” Continued

Recreational prawn and shrimp by trap harvesters are advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close from 00:01 hours January 1 to 23:59 hours March 31, 2016, in the following Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations:

Subareas 13-12, 13-13, 13-15 (Quadra Island area)
Subareas 15-2, 15-3 (Powell River, Lund)
Subareas 16-1, 16-2, 16-5, 16-6, 16-8, 16-9, 16-10, 16-11, 16-16 to 16-18
(Malaspina Strait, lower Jervis Inlet, Sechelt Inlet)
Subarea 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel)
Subareas 17-12, 17-13, 17-15, 17-16, 17-18 (Nanaimo)
Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet)
Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-16 (Nootka Sound, Muchalaht Inlet, Tahsis Inlet)
Subareas 23-1, 23-3, 23-4 (Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound)
Subareas 28-1, 28-3, 28-4 (Howe Sound)

These 3-month winter closures are in place to allow the prawn spawning period to complete. These areas will re-open on April 1, 2016.

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap fishers are also advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will
continue “pulse fishing” in Subarea 23-2 (portion of Alberni Inlet).

Subareas 23-2 will be closed for the following periods:

From 00:01 hours December 1 until 23:59 hours December 15, 2015
From 00:01 hours January 1 until 23:59 hours January 15, 2016
From 00:01 hours February 1, until 23:59 hours February 15, 2016
From 00:01 hours March 1 until 23:59 hours March 15, 2016
Subarea 23-2 opens 00:01 hours March 16, 2016 until further notice.

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap fishers are reminded that Subareas, 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel), 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet) and 23-1 to 23-3 (Alberni Inlet) are “pulse fishing” through to December 31, 2015. Please see Fishery Notice FN0749.

Recreational prawn fishing in all other coastal areas remains open until
further notice.

Variation Order No. 2015-573. Variation Order No. 2015–569 is revoked.

These actions are in accordance with the Recreational Harvest Plan, Appendix 2 of the 2015-16 Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Integrated Fishery Management Plan.

Refer to the B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for further information on daily bag, possession and trap limits.

New Bill Supports Resident Hunters

MLA for Oak Bay – Gordon Head Andrew Weaver introduced a private members bill in the legislature on November 17th entitled: Wildlife Amendment Act (No. 2), 2015. The purpose of this Bill is to reduce the preferential treatment of non-resident hunters.
The Bill seeks to eliminate the minister’s discretion to make separate rules for Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) permits so that resident and foreign hunters will all be required to enter a lottery for their LEH tags. Currently residents must enter the lottery draw but others can simply buy their way in.
Dr. Weaver successfully moved that the Wildlife Amendment Act Bill be placed in the Orders of the Day for second reading at the next sitting of the House. BCWF members in favour of the proposed amendments should contact their MLA to express their support.
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LEH Goes Online For 2016

Notice To Hunters – Changes Are Coming To Hunter Registration And The Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draw.The Province Will Introduce A New Online System For Hunters In 2016, Making It Easier For You To Register And Apply For Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draws. You Can Submit LEH Applications Online At Home, Or At A Service BC, FrontCounter BC, Or Vendor Location. The Online Service Will Be Available For The Fall 2016 LEH Draw. More Information Will Be Provided In The 2016-2017 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis.

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has announced that 2016 LEH applications will be handled online. For further details, see the Ministry website

Fisheries Update

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject:  

Salmon: Region 1 – Further Recreational Angling Closures for Region 1 River Systems In 2014/2015 Vancouver Island experienced extremely low snowpack with exceptionally low precipitation during the spring 2015 period.

Water levels in many systems on Vancouver Island are now extremely low and river temperatures in many cases are reaching lethal limits for salmon migrating through these systems. Predictions are that above average summer air temperatures and reduced precipitation will continue, and likely will further contribute to elevated stream temperatures throughout Region 1 on Vancouver Island.

Effective 00:01 hours August 1, 2015 until further notice the following Vancouver Island Rivers will close to salmon angling: All river systems in management units 1-7 to 1-13. All rivers on Vancouver Island in Region 1 are now closed until further notice with the exception of the Campbell/Quinsam Rivers and the Qualicum River.

To see a description and a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures visit: 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at