Alberta Fishery Regulations, 1998 (SOR/98-246)

Regulations are current to 2016-01-25 and last amended on 2012-03-02. Previous Versions

 No person shall fish with prohibited gear or bait set out in column 1 of an item of Schedule 7 in waters set out in column 2 of that item during the close time set out in column 3 of that item.

Dip Net, Minnow Trap and Seine Net Restrictions

 No person shall fish with a dip net, seine net or minnow trap

  • (a) for any fish other than bait fish; or

  • (b) in any waters set out in column 2 of items 3 to 6 of Schedule 7 during the close times set out in column 3 of those items.

  •  (1) No person shall fish with a minnow trap unless

    • (a) it is visibly and legibly marked with the person’s name and address; or

    • (b) it does not exceed 60 m in length or 30 cm in width, depth or diameter.

  • (2) No person shall fish with more than two minnow traps.

 No person shall fish with a seine net that exceeds 3 m in length or 2 m in depth.

Bow and Arrow Restrictions

  •  (1) No person shall fish with a bow and arrow for Arctic grayling, trout, mountain whitefish, lake sturgeon, walleye or northern pike.

  • (2) No person shall fish with a crossbow.

  • SOR/99-349, s. 3.

Spear Restrictions

  •  (1) No person shall fish with a spear except when swimming and unless the spear is propelled by a spring, an elastic, compressed gas or by hand.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), no person shall fish with a spear for Arctic grayling, trout, mountain whitefish, lake sturgeon, walleye or northern pike.

  • SOR/99-349, s. 4.

PART 4Commercial Fishing

Application

 This Part applies to any person engaged in fishing under the authority of a licence issued under the Act or the provincial Act that authorizes the holder of the licence to sell fish.

Restrictions

 Except when sportfishing, no person shall fish for bait fish unless authorized by a Commercial Bait Fishing Licence issued under the provincial Act.

  •  (1) No person shall fish in the waters set out in column 1 of an item of Part 1 or 2 of Schedule 8 during a close time set out in column 3 of that item using gear set out in column 2 of that item.

  • (2) If a close time for fishing with gill nets is varied under subsection 3(1) to permit fishing, the Director shall specify in the order that one or more of the gill net mesh size limits set out in the table to this subsection are permitted.

    TABLE

    ItemPermitted Mesh Size
    151 mm
    2not less than 51 mm
    363 mm
    4not less than 63 mm
    570 mm
    6not less than 70 mm
    776 mm
    8not less than 76 mm
    989 mm
    10not less than 89 mm
    11102 mm
    12not less than 102 mm
    13not more than 102 mm
    14114 mm
    15not less than 114 mm
    16127 mm
    17not less than 127 mm
    18140 mm
    19not less than 140 mm
    20152 mm
    21not less than 152 mm
    22159 mm
    23not less than 159 mm
    24165 mm
    25not less than 165 mm
    26178 mm
    27not less than 178 mm

 If a mesh size limit is specified in an order referred to in subsection 31(2), no person fishing in waters to which the order applies shall use a gill net that has a mesh size other than that specified in the order for those waters.

Notification of Quota Taken

  •  (1) If a fishery officer has determined that a fishing quota for a species of fish set out in column 4 of an item of Part 1 or 2 of Schedule 8, in the waters set out in column 1 of that item, with the gear set out in column 2 of that item, has been or is about to be taken, the fishery officer shall give notice that the quota has been taken.

  • (2) The notice referred to in subsection (1) shall be given to the persons affected or likely to be affected by the notice by one or more of the methods listed in subsection 3(2).

 No person shall fish for any species of fish in any waters set out in a notice given under subsection 33(1) with the type of gear specified in the notice.

PART 5Ticketable Offences

Prescribed Offence

 The contravention of a provision of these Regulations set out in column 1 of an item of Schedule 9 is an offence to which section 79.7 of the Act applies and that may be described in tickets in the manner set out in column 2 of that item.

Fines

 If proceedings are commenced under section 79.7 of the Act, the amount of the fine for an offence described in column 2 of an item of Schedule 9 is the amount set out in column 3 of that item.

Repeal

 [Repeal]

Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on April 23, 1998.

 
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