Fish Data Submission

Around the Province of British Columbia, fish information and data are gathered as part of scientific or environmental studies.

Fisheries data and sampling information are submitted to the B.C. Government for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Fish salvage
  • Forestry stream classification
  • General fish & fish habitat inventory
  • Reconnaissance 1:20 000 fish & fish habitat inventory
  • Research

The process for submitting fish data is outlined here for provincial fisheries managers, biologists, technicians and contractors.

You must submit through this process if:

  • You were issued a Scientific Fish Collection Permit by the Province of B.C. and attempted to conduct sampling under the permit
    • Permit holders must electronically report fish collection activities within 90 days of the expiry of their permit
  • You were issued a Scientific Fish Collection Permit by the Province of B.C., but did not utilize your permit or attempt to conduct sampling
    • Permit holders must electronically submit basic project information regarding their intended project, within 90 days of the expiry of their permit, to avoid being listed as non-compliant for data reporting
    • Permit holders will not have to submit a data report
  • You have been directed to do so by a Province of B.C. or Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO Permit) authority

You may also submit through this process if:

  • You have non-permitted fish and fish habitat information

For holders of a Scientific Fish Collection Permit:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the mandatory data requirements before going out into the field
  2. Use the required reporting formats in all cases where sampling has been carried out
  3. Validate your Fish Data Submission Template using the Self QA Tool
  4. Include additional related reports, maps, photos and data
  5. Submit your data through the Online Fish Data Submission site

For persons with non-permitted fish and fish habitat information:

  1. Contact the administrator to find a provincial data submission specialist in your region
  2. Consult with your data submission specialist and receive permission to submit fish data

Scientific Fish Collection Permit

The Scientific Fish Collection Permit is a document that authorizes an organization or individuals to capture and/or collect fish specimens for scientific and other non-recreational purposes.

Returning Users

Contact Information

Please contact us with questions about any part of the fish data submission process.

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