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Manitoba Fishery Regulations, 1987 (SOR/87-509)

Regulations are current to 2024-05-28 and last amended on 2023-04-01. Previous Versions

PART IILicences

General

  •  (1) No person shall fish unless authorized by a licence or unless fishing without a licence is authorized under the Act or the provincial Act.

  • (2) A licence is valid for the period specified in the licence.

  • (3) No fee shall be charged for issuing a licence under these Regulations.

  •  (1) The provincial Minister may issue a General Fishing Permit to a person if its issuance will not adversely affect the conservation and protection of fish in the fishery.

  • (2) If the provincial Minister issues a General Fishing Permit to a person who has an existing treaty or aboriginal fishing right, the provincial Minister shall ensure that the permit

    • (a) authorizes the person to fish in accordance with and to the extent of that right; and

    • (b) respects the priority of the holders of the treaty or aboriginal right to exercise that right.

  • SOR/89-180, s. 2
  • SOR/90-302, s. 21(F)
  • SOR/92-174, s. 1
  • SOR/94-414, s. 1
  • SOR/97-249, s. 1
  • SOR/98-247, s. 2
  • SOR/2003-107, s. 8

 The provincial Minister may issue a Live Fish Handling Permit to authorize the holder to collect, transport and possess fish or fish eggs for the purposes set out in the Permit if its issuance will not adversely affect the conservation and protection of the fish to which the Permit applies.

  • SOR/98-247, s. 2
  • SOR/2003-107, s. 8

 A licence issued pursuant to these Regulations is the property of the Crown and is not transferable.

  •  (1) No person shall

    • (a) alter or deface any licence; or

    • (b) permit another person to use their licence.

    • (c) [Repealed, SOR/89-180, s. 3]

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/98-247, s. 3]

  •  (1) Every person to whom a licence has been issued shall at all times while engaged in any activity authorized by the licence

    • (a) carry the licence on their person; and

    • (b) at the request of a fishery officer immediately produce the licence for examination.

  • (2) The holder of an angling licence may comply with subsection (1) by carrying and producing an electronic version of the licence.

 Every person to whom a licence, other than an angling licence, has been issued shall

  • (a) sign their name in the space provided for that purpose; or

  • (b) affix their mark in the space provided for that purpose in the presence of a witness who attests to the affixing of the mark.

 A licence is not valid if

  • (a) it is issued on the basis of false information;

  • (b) the correct date of issue is not entered on the licence; or

  • (c) in the case of a licence other than an angling licence, the requirements of section 10 have not been met.

Licence Conditions

  •  (1) For the proper management and control of fisheries and the conservation and protection of fish, the provincial Minister may specify in a licence any condition that is not inconsistent with these Regulations and in particular, but not restricting the generality of the foregoing, may specify conditions respecting any of the following matters:

    • (a) the species and quantity of fish permitted to be taken;

    • (b) the period during which fishing is permitted;

    • (c) the Manitoba waters in which fishing is permitted;

    • (d) the type and quantity of fishing gear and equipment that are permitted to be possessed or used and the manner in which they are permitted to be used;

    • (e) the person or persons who may conduct fishing operations under the licence;

    • (f) the measures to be taken respecting the release into waters of fish or the disposal of fish, to avoid harming existing fish stocks; and

    • (g) the information to be provided to the Director or an officer with respect to any fish that is caught, and the manner in which it is to be reported.

  • (2) The holder of a licence shall comply with all conditions specified in the licence.

  • SOR/88-190, s. 3
  • SOR/98-247, s. 5
  • SOR/2003-107, s. 8

 No person shall fish in any waters set out in Schedule VIII other than as authorized by a General Fishing Permit.

Closures for Conservation Purposes

 No person shall fish for or catch and retain from the waters set out in column I of an item of Schedule XVII a species of fish set out in column II of that item during the close time set out in column III of that item unless the person is fishing in accordance with a General Fishing Permit.

  • SOR/95-518, s. 2
  • SOR/98-247, s. 6

 Before varying a close time set out in column III of an item of Schedule XVII, the provincial Minister or the Director shall consider whether the variation

  • (a) may infringe any existing treaty or aboriginal right of an aboriginal people;

  • (b) is reasonably necessary for conservation purposes; and

  • (c) respects the priority of the holders of that treaty or aboriginal right to exercise that right.

  • SOR/98-247, s. 6
  • SOR/2003-107, s. 8

PART IIIPossession and Transportation of Fish

  •  (1) Except as otherwise permitted under the Act or the provincial Act, no person shall possess fish of a species set out in an item of Schedule XI if the size of the fish does not comply with the size limit, or the amount possessed exceeds the possession quota, set out in that item.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 8]

  • (3) Subsection (1) does not apply to

    • (a) an Indian who is in possession of the fish for food for their personal use or for the use of their immediate family;

    • (b) a person who has purchased the fish from a retail outlet or from a person who is legally authorized to sell such fish; or

    • (c) a person who is otherwise legally authorized to possess such fish.

  • (4) Persons referred to in subsection (3) shall produce without delay, at the request of a fishery officer,

    • (a) proof of their Indian status;

    • (b) a valid receipt or trade record for any fish in their possession; or

    • (c) the relevant document that legally authorizes the possession of the fish.

 No person shall possess live bait fish in any area set out in the table to this section.

TABLE

Area
1Stocked trout waters set out in Schedule V
2Duck Mountain Provincial Forest and Duck Mountain Provincial Park
3Turtle Mountain Provincial Forest and Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
4Whiteshell Provincial Park
5That part of the Winnipeg River between Seven Sisters Generating Station and Whiteshell Provincial Park
6The waters in the Northeast, Northwest and North Central Divisions
7Porcupine Mountain Provincial Forest
8Atikaki Provincial Park
9South Atikaki Provincial Park
  • SOR/95-256, s. 2
  • SOR/2006-119, s. 2
  •  (1) No person shall possess live fish or live fish eggs unless authorized under the provincial Act or by a Live Fish Handling Permit.

  • (2) No person shall, unless authorized, bring into Manitoba, possess in Manitoba or release into any waters of Manitoba live fish or live fish eggs of a species set out, in respect of Manitoba, in Part 2 of the schedule to the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations.

  • (2.1) [Repealed, SOR/2015-121, s. 31]

  • (3) No person shall bring into Manitoba for use as bait any live fish, crayfish, leeches or salamanders other than under the authority of a Live Fish Handling Permit.

  • SOR/89-180, s. 4
  • SOR/90-302, s. 3
  • SOR/93-39, s. 2
  • SOR/98-247, s. 7
  • SOR/2008-278, s. 1
  • SOR/2011-39, s. 8(F)
  • SOR/2015-121, s. 31
  • SOR/2017-122, s. 2
  • SOR/2023-28, s. 9

Spoilage of Fish

  •  (1) If a fish is caught by fishing, no person shall handle, transport or dispose of it in a way that will result in the spoilage or waste of the fish.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of rough fish caught by a person engaged in commercial fishing.

Non-retention of Fish

 Every person who catches a fish the retention of which is prohibited by these Regulations shall forthwith release that fish to the water from which it was taken in a manner that causes the least possible further harm to that fish.

Release of Tagged Fish

 No person who tags or marks any fish shall release that fish into any waters of Manitoba except as authorized by a Live Fish Handling Permit.

PART IVRecreational Fishing

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  • SOR/98-247, s. 8
]

Close Times and Quotas

  •  (1) No person engaged in recreational fishing shall fish for or catch and retain any species of fish from the waters set out in an item of Schedule X by a method set out in that item during the close time set out in that item.

  • (2) For the purpose of subsection (1), the close times set out in Schedule X are considered to be fixed separately and individually for each method of recreational fishing and for each species.

  • (3) No person engaged in recreational fishing shall, on any day, catch and retain fish of a species set out in an item of Schedule XI from the waters set out in that item if the size of the fish does not comply with the size limit, or the amount caught and retained exceeds the daily quota, set out in that item.

  • (4) No person engaged in recreational fishing shall, on any day, possess fish of a species set out in an item of Schedule XI from the waters set out in that item if the size of the fish does not comply with the size limit, or the amount possessed exceeds the possession quota, set out in that item.

  • (5) [Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 11]

  • (6) [Repealed, SOR/2023-28, s. 11]

  • (7) A person who is not a resident of Manitoba and is under 16 years of age must, while engaged in recreational fishing,

    • (a) hold a valid angling licence; or

    • (b) be accompanied by

      • (i) the holder of a valid angling licence, or

      • (ii) a resident of Manitoba who is authorized under the provincial Act to engage in recreational fishing without a licence.

  • (8) All fish caught by non-residents accompanied by persons referred to in paragraph (7)(b) shall be counted as part of the catch of the person accompanying the non-resident.

  • SOR/88-190, s. 4
  • SOR/89-180, s. 6
  • SOR/90-302, s. 4
  • SOR/92-174, s. 2
  • SOR/97-249, s. 2
  • SOR/98-247, ss. 9, 28
  • SOR/2000-310, s. 2
  • SOR/2003-107, s. 3
  • SOR/2006-119, s. 10
  • SOR/2023-28, s. 11

 [Repealed, SOR/2003-107, s. 3]

Boundary Waters

 Where any person catches and retains fish of any species from any waters common to Manitoba and an adjoining province, state or territory, the fish caught and retained from that portion of the waters located in the adjoining province, state or territory shall be counted in determining, for the purposes of these Regulations, whether any quota or size limit has been exceeded.

General Restrictions

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall take or attempt to take fish by snagging, snaring, clubbing or gaffing or by the use of trap nets.

  • (2) A person may use a gaff hook to assist the person in landing a fish caught by angling.

  • (3) No person shall fish in a stocked trout lake or stocked trout stream by any means other than by angling.

  • SOR/93-39, s. 3
  • SOR/95-518, s. 3
  • SOR/96-198, s. 2

 No person shall use, for the purposes of recreational fishing, a boat that is propelled by any means other than human or electric power, in any waters set out in an item of Schedule XII.

  • SOR/92-174, s. 3
  • SOR/94-55, s. 1
  • SOR/98-247, s. 28
 

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