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What are some British Columbia fishing regulations?

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Fishing regulations in British Columbia, Canada require the appropriate license or stamp for finfish and shellfish. Additionally, only barbless hooks may be used when fishing for salmon, and there are special packaging methods for transporting the fish caught. Fishermen must check the regulations thoroughly, because British Columbia is divided into multiple regulation zones that are administered by different agencies and contain numerous different species of fish.

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British Columbia has two agencies that regulate fishing: one is for freshwater and the other is for tidal water. Fishermen with questions about what type of water they are fishing in must consult the fishing zone map to ensure that they have the correct licenses. A freshwater license isn't valid in coastal rivers, and a tidal license is not valid a specified distance upstream from the ocean. Some species, including salmon and steelhead, require a license and a stamp.

Much of the equipment that can be used to fish for salmon is highly regulated, such as hooks, weights, bait and tackle.

Fish that are caught and are being transported home must have specific skin or body parts attached that allow for easy identification if they are not left whole. Species other than salmon may be filleted, but the skin must be left in place on the fillet. Salmon can have their heads cut off and be skinned, but the tail must remain intact. The head of a salmon can only be cut off if the rest of its body and tail still exceed the minimum length limits.

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