Reporting Formats for Fish Data Submission

When submitting fisheries information to the B.C. Government, standard format data submissions must be provided in all cases where sampling was attempted.

In addition to sampling events where fish have been caught, attempted sampling includes incidents where:

  • No fish have been caught (NFC)
  • There are visible observations (fish)
  • Stream is dewatered
  • Stream is dry/intermittent
  • Stream has no visible channel

Your submission must satisfy the mandatory data requirements to be accepted. However, it is encouraged to provide as much information as possible within the standard format.

Standard Reporting Formats

The two standard reporting formats for meeting minimum data submission requirements are the Fish Data Submission Template and the Field Data Information System. The Fish Data Submission Template is the recommended format for the majority of users.

The Fish Data Submission Template is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. It is the recommended tool for the majority of users.

The template is the most efficient and flexible method to submit data that satisfies the minimum data requirements. It also allows users to include additional habitat, sampling and individual fish information.

Provided with the package is the Fish Data Submission Self QA Tool, which is designed to verify the quality and completeness of the Fish Data Submission Template after it has been filled out. This automated tool will help:

  • Provide clarity on required fields & formats
  • Improve the quality of the data submitted
  • Simplify the process of submitting & loading data

This package is subject to frequent updates. For every submission, download the latest version:

The Field Data Information System is a Microsoft Access data capture and reporting tool. It is the format that must be used for whole watershed level Reconnaissance (1:20 000) Fish & Fish Habitat inventories.

Additional written reports, photos, maps and data are encouraged as digital submissions, as they can provide valuable information and context. These will be loaded to the publicly accessible EcoCat reports catalogue along with your standard report submission.

Adobe PDFs are the preferred format for written reports and maps. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access are preferred for additional custom spreadsheets and databases.