Fisheries Act

Version of section 2 from 2012-06-29 to 2013-11-24:

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,



analyst means a person who is designated under subsection 38(1) to perform the functions of an analyst; (analyste)

Canadian fisheries waters

eaux de pêche canadiennes

Canadian fisheries waters means all waters in the fishing zones of Canada, all waters in the territorial sea of Canada and all internal waters of Canada; (eaux de pêche canadiennes)

close time

période d’interdiction et période de fermeture ou saison de fermeture

close time means a specified period during which fish to which it applies may not be fished, and "closed time" or "closed season" has a similar meaning; (période d’interdiction et période de fermeture ou saison de fermeture)



fish includes

  • (a) parts of fish,

  • (b) shellfish, crustaceans, marine animals and any parts of shellfish, crustaceans or marine animals, and

  • (c) the eggs, sperm, spawn, larvae, spat and juvenile stages of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and marine animals; (poissons)



fishery includes the area, locality, place or station in or on which a pound, seine, net, weir or other fishing appliance is used, set, placed or located, and the area, tract or stretch of water in or from which fish may be taken by the said pound, seine, net, weir or other fishing appliance, and also the pound, seine, net, weir, or other fishing appliance used in connection therewith; (pêcherie)

fishery guardian


fishery guardian means a person who is designated as a fishery guardian pursuant to subsection 5(1); (garde-pêche)

fishery officer

agent des pêches

fishery officer means a person who is designated as a fishery officer pursuant to subsection 5(1); (agent des pêches)



fishing means fishing for, catching or attempting to catch fish by any method; (pêche)

fishing vessel

bateau de pêche

fishing vessel means any vessel used, outfitted or designed for the purpose of catching, processing or transporting fish; (bateau de pêche)



inspector means a person who is designated as an inspector pursuant to subsection 38(1); (inspecteur)

lawful excuse

lawful excuse[Repealed, 1991, c. 1, s. 1]



Minister means the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans or, in respect of any matter related to the Northern Pipeline referred to in the Northern Pipeline Act, the member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada designated as the Minister for the purposes of that Act; (ministre)



obstruction means any slide, dam or other obstruction impeding the free passage of fish; (obstacle)



vehicle means any conveyance that may be used for transportation, including aircraft. (véhicule)

  • R.S., 1985, c. F-14, s. 2;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 35 (1st Supp.), ss. 1, 5;
  • 1991, c. 1, s. 1;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 133.
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