Marine Mammal Regulations (SOR/93-56)

Regulations are current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2015-07-16. Previous Versions

 Every person who kills a narwhal shall forthwith

  • (a) affix the licence under the authority of which it was killed securely to the tusk of the narwhal or, where there is no tusk, to the carcass of the narwhal;

  • (b) mark the month of the kill by making a notch in the appropriate date square indicated on the edge of the licence; and

  • (c) tear off the portion of the licence indicated on the licence, mark on that portion of the licence the month in which the narwhal was killed and the sex of the narwhal, and return that portion of the licence as soon as possible to the person who issued the licence.


 No person shall fish for walrus with a firearm unless the person uses

  • (a) a rifle and bullets that are not full metal-jacketed that produce a muzzle energy of not less than 1,500 foot pounds; or

  • (b) a shotgun and rifled slugs that produce a muzzle energy of not less than 1,500 foot pounds.

 No person who ordinarily resides in a settlement set out in column I of an item of the table to this section shall fish for walrus after notice has been given by a fishery officer that the annual fishing quota set out in column II of that item has been reached.


Colonne IColonne II
ItemSettlementAnnual Fishing Quota
1.Coral Harbour60
3.Arctic Bay10
4.Clyde River20



  •  (1) Every person who fishes for seals shall hold at least one of the following licences:

    • (a) a fishing licence for seal — personal use;

    • (b) a fishing licence for seal — commercial use; or

    • (c) a fishing licence for nuisance seal.

  • (2) The operator of a collector vessel shall hold a collector vessel licence.

  • SOR/2003-103, s. 5.

 The Minister may establish — on the basis of the size of vessels used by licence holders for fishing seals, licence holders’ home ports and any other factor relevant to seal fishing — classes of fishing licences for seal referred to in subsection 26.1(1).

  • SOR/2008-43, s. 2.