National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1120)

Regulations are current to 2017-09-27 and last amended on 2017-02-13. Previous Versions

Open Seasons

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (3) and (4) and section 20, the open season in each year in park waters set out in Column I of an item of Schedule II for the species of fish set out in Column II of that item is the period set out in Column III of that item inclusive of the opening and closing dates.

  • (2) No person shall fish for any species of fish in a park except in park waters set out in Column I of an item of Schedule II for the species of fish set out in Column II of that item and during the open season for fish of that species set out in Column III of that item.

  • (3) Where the first day of an open season falls on a Sunday or Monday in any year, the open season shall begin on the Saturday immediately preceding that Sunday or Monday.

  • (4) Where the last day of an open season falls on a Friday or Saturday in any year, the open season shall end on the Sunday immediately following that Friday or Saturday.

Catch and Possession Limits

[SOR/2003-54, s. 83]
  •  (1) No person shall, on any day, catch in the park waters set out in column I of Part I of Schedule III and retain in respect of a species of fish set out in column II, fish that are

    • (a) in total, a number in excess of

      • (i) in the case of the park waters set out in items 1 to 26, the daily catch and possession limit set out in column III, and

      • (ii) in the case of the park waters set out in item 27, the daily catch limit set out in column III; or

    • (b) of an overall length in excess of or less than, as the case may be, the overall length, if any, set out in column III of that item.

  • (2) No person shall have in possession within the boundaries of a park referred to in column I of Part I of Schedule III in respect of a species of fish set out in column II, fish that are

    • (a) in total, a number in excess of

      • (i) in the case of a park referred to in items 1 to 26, the daily catch and possession limit set out in column III, and

      • (ii) in the case of the park referred to in item 27, the possession limit set out in column III; or

    • (b) of an overall length in excess of or less than, as the case may be, the overall length, if any, set out in column III of that item.

  • SOR/80-51, s. 5(F);
  • SOR/93-33, s. 5(F);
  • SOR/94-314, s. 6;
  • SOR/96-245, s. 8;
  • SOR/2017-21, s. 1.

 No person shall,

  • (a) on any day, catch in the park waters set out in column I of Part II of Schedule III and retain a number of fish of the species set out in column II, that is in excess of

    • (i) in the case of the park waters set out in items 1 to 25, the aggregate daily catch and possession limit set out in column III, and

    • (ii) in the case of the park waters set out in item 26, the aggregate daily catch limit set out in column III;

  • (b) have in possession within the boundaries of a park referred to in column I of Part II of Schedule III, a number of fish of the species set out in column II that is in excess of

    • (i) in the case of a park referred to in items 1 to 25, the aggregate daily catch and possession limit set out in column III, and

    • (ii) in the case of the park referred to in item 26, the aggregate possession limit set out in column III; or

  • (c) fish in park waters set out in column I of Part II of Schedule III, on any day after having, on that day, caught in those waters and retained a number of fish of the species set out in column II that is

    • (i) in the case of the park waters set out in items 1 to 25, the aggregate daily catch and possession limit set out in column III, and

    • (ii) in the case of the park waters set out in item 26, the aggregate possession limit set out in column III.

  • SOR/90-4, s. 6(F);
  • SOR/93-33, s. 6;
  • SOR/94-314, s. 6;
  • SOR/96-245, s. 8;
  • SOR/98-268, s. 3(E);
  • SOR/99-352, s. 11;
  • SOR/2017-21, s. 2.

 Notwithstanding Parts I and II of Schedule III, no person shall fish in La Mauricie National Park of Canada on any day after having on that day caught in the waters of that park and retained

  • (a) two lake trout; or

  • (b) three northern pike.

  • SOR/86-378, s. 8;
  • SOR/90-4, s. 7(F);
  • SOR/93-33, s. 7;
  • SOR/94-314, s. 6;
  • SOR/2003-54, s. 70.

 If the daily catch and possession limit and overall length set out in column III of Part I of Schedule III are 0, any person who catches a fish of a species set out in column II shall immediately unhook the fish and return it to the water with as little damage to the fish as possible.

  • SOR/98-268, s. 4;
  • SOR/2017-21, s. 3.

 Nothwithstanding the limit set out in column III of paragraph 8(a) of Parts I and II of Schedule III, no person shall, in any year, in the waters of Prince Albert National Park of Canada, catch and retain more than two lake trout.

  • SOR/99-352, s. 12;
  • SOR/2003-54, s. 67.

 Notwithstanding Schedule III, no person shall fish for atlantic salmon in any waters of Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada on any day after having caught and released two atlantic salmon measuring 30 cm or more.

  • SOR/2003-54, s. 15.

 [Repealed, SOR/94-314, s. 6]

 Where a fish has been filleted, two fillets shall be treated as one fish and, unless the body is shown, every fillet shall be treated as having been taken from a game fish.

  • SOR/94-314, s. 6.

 For the purposes of these Regulations, a fish in the possession of a person under 16 years of age who does not hold a fishing permit, salmon licence, soft-shell clam permit or lake trout endorsement, but who is accompanied by a person holding a fishing permit, salmon licence, soft-shell clam permit or lake trout endorsement, shall be considered to be in the possession of the holder of the fishing permit, salmon licence, soft-shell clam permit or lake trout endorsement.

  • SOR/94-314, s. 6;
  • SOR/96-245, s. 9;
  • SOR/99-352, s. 13;
  • SOR/2003-54, s. 80.

Prohibitions and General Provisions

[SOR/96-245, s. 10; SOR/2003-54, s. 83]
  •  (1) Except as otherwise provided in these Regulations, no person shall fish in park waters by any method other than angling.

  • (2) No person shall be in possession, within 100 m of any park waters, of any equipment that can be used to catch or take fish, unless fishing in those waters by means of that equipment is permitted by these Regulations.

  • (3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), no person shall be in possession at any time, within the boundaries of a park, of any equipment that can be used to catch or take fish, other than equipment used for angling or for taking soft-shell clams or American eel, except when carrying such equipment through the park in a vehicle to a destination outside the park or to a residence in the park.

  • (4) No person shall fish from a bridge or any other structure that crosses the waters of Cape Breton Highlands, Fundy, Gros Morne, Prince Edward Island or Terra Nova National Park of Canada.

  • (5) No person in La Mauricie or Forillon National Park of Canada shall have in possession fishing equipment unless

    • (a) the person holds a fishing permit; or

    • (b) the fishing equipment is kept inside a motor vehicle.

  • (6) No person shall, while fishing in Fundy, Kouchibouguac, Cape Breton Highlands or Terra Nova National Park of Canada, use an artificial fly that incorporates a weight as an integral part of the artificial fly, that is attached to a sinking line, or that has a weight attached to the hook or line, for the purpose of causing the artificial fly to sink.

  • (7) No person shall use a fish finder while fishing in Kejimkujik or La Mauricie National Park of Canada.

  • SOR/80-51, s. 6;
  • SOR/86-378, s. 10;
  • SOR/90-4, s. 9;
  • SOR/94-314, s. 7;
  • SOR/96-245, s. 11;
  • SOR/2003-54, s. 16;
  • SOR/2005-206, s. 3.

 No person shall catch and retain

  • (a) subject to paragraph (b), invertebrates from the marine portion of Forillon National Park of Canada unless the person is the holder of a fishing permit, issued by the superintendent, authorizing their removal for scientific or park management purposes;

  • (b) for commercial purposes, lobster or fish used as lobster bait, from the marine part of Forillon National Park of Canada unless the person is the holder of a licence, issued under the National Parks Businesses Regulations, 1998, to carry on that business;

  • (c) subject to paragraph (d), invertebrates from Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada unless the person is the holder of a fishing permit, issued by the superintendent, authorizing their removal for scientific or park management purposes; or

  • (d) for commercial purposes, soft-shell clams from Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada unless the person is the holder of a licence that authorizes that activity and that is issued under the National Parks of Canada Businesses Regulations.

  • SOR/96-245, s. 12;
  • SOR/2003-54, s. 17;
  • SOR/2009-322, s. 4.
 
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