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Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007 (SOR/2007-237)

Regulations are current to 2020-06-17 and last amended on 2018-10-23. Previous Versions

PART 2Sport Fishing (continued)

Sport Fishing Other Than Angling

  •  (1) No person shall sport fish using

    • (a) a dip net

      • (i) with dimensions that are greater than 183 cm by 183 cm if the dip net is angular, or

      • (ii) with a diameter that is greater than 183 cm if the dip net is circular;

    • (b) a seine net with dimensions that are greater than 10 m by 2 m;

    • (c) a baitfish trap of a length that is greater than 51 cm or a diameter that is greater than 31 cm;

    • (d) more than one dip net, baitfish trap or seine net; or

    • (e) a baitfish trap unless it is legibly marked with their name and address.

  • (2) No person who is sport fishing by a means other than by angling shall

    • (a) catch and retain in any one day or possess fish of a species set out in column 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 from the waters set out in column 3 in an amount that exceeds the quota set out in column 5 or 6, as the case may be;

    • (b) use any gear other than the gear set out in column 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 for fishing for a species set out in column 1;

    • (c) fish for, or catch and retain, a species of fish set out in column 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 from the waters set out in column 3 during the close time set out in column 4;

    • (d) fish for, or catch and retain, a species of fish set out in column 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 from any waters other than the waters set out in column 3; or

    • (e) fish for, or catch and retain, any species of fish other than the species set out in column 1 of Parts 1 and 2 of Schedule 6.

  • SOR/2011-154, s. 2
  • SOR/2018-216, s. 20(E)
  •  (1) No person who is sport fishing by a means other than angling shall

    • (a) subject to section 28.1, catch and retain in any one day or possess more baitfish than the quota set out in column 5 of Part 2 of Schedule 6;

    • (b) when fishing for baitfish, use any gear other than the gear set out in column 2 of Part 2 of Schedule 6; or

    • (c) fish for baitfish during the close time set out in column 4 of Part 2 of Schedule 6.

  • (2) Other than suckers or lake herring, no non-resident shall fish for, or catch and retain baitfish, by a means other than by angling.

  • SOR/2009-328, s. 5
  • SOR/2018-216, s. 21

Live Holding Methods

  •  (1) No person who is sport fishing shall place or use in any waters a live holding box or impounding device unless

    • (a) it is legibly marked with the licence holder’s name and address; and

    • (b) the markings are visible without raising it from the water.

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

    • (a) a live holding box that forms part of or is attached to a fishing vessel; or

    • (b) a bucket or other moveable container that contains baitfish.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 22(F)
  •  (1) No person who is sport fishing shall use a stringer, impounding device or live holding box for holding fish in Lake Nipigon and its tributaries.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), a person who is sport fishing may hold fish, other than brook trout or lake trout, in a livewell on Lake Nipigon or its tributaries.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 23

Identification and Measurement of Fish

  •  (1) Unless the fish is being prepared for immediate consumption, no person shall skin, cut or pack any fish caught by sport fishing in such a manner that the species cannot easily be identified or the number cannot easily be counted.

  • (2) No person shall possess a fish that is skinned, cut or packed in contravention of subsection (1).

  • (3) A person who is in possession of a fish caught by sport fishing for which there is an applicable size limit shall keep the fish in a manner that allows the size to be easily measured, unless the fish

    • (a) is being prepared for immediate consumption;

    • (b) is prepared at an overnight accommodation for storage;

    • (c) is being transported by the person on the water from a temporary overnight accommodation and that person is not sport fishing; or

    • (d) is being transported overland.

  • (4) Subsection (3) does not apply to a person who possesses

    • (a) fish from which samples have been collected for scientific purposes by an employee authorized by the provincial Minister or a person who possesses fish under a licence to collect fish for scientific purposes issued under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, Statutes of Ontario, 1997, c. 41; and

    • (b) documentation given by the person or employee containing information on the samples and their collection including the original length or weight of the fish.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 24

PART 3Commercial Fishing and Commercial Bait Fishing

Commercial Baitfish Gear

 No person who is fishing for baitfish under a commercial bait licence shall use a dip net

  • (a) with dimensions that are greater than 305 cm by 305 cm if the dip net is angular; or

  • (b) with a diameter that is greater than 305 cm if the dip net is circular.

  • SOR/2014-311, s. 7

Gear Markings

  •  (1) No person who is fishing under a commercial bait licence shall place or use a baitfish trap that is not legibly marked with the licence holder’s name or licence number.

  • (2) No person who is operating under a commercial fishing licence or a commercial bait licence shall place or use in any waters a live holding box or impounding device unless

    • (a) it is legibly marked with the licence holder’s name or licence number, and

    • (b) the markings are visible without raising the box or device from the water.

  • SOR/2009-328, s. 6
  • SOR/2014-311, s. 8
  • SOR/2018-216, s. 25(F)
  •  (1) No person who is fishing under a commercial fishing licence shall set or use a hookline or net unless

    • (a) a buoy, marker or stake is attached to the hookline or to each end of the net;

    • (b) each buoy, marker or stake is legibly marked with the licence holder’s name or licence number; and

    • (c) the licence holder’s name or licence number is visible without raising the gear from the water.

  • (2) Despite paragraph (1)(a), and except in the case of ice fishing,

    • (a) in the waters of Lake of the Woods and Shoal Lake, the hookline or each end of the net must be marked by a buoy with a shaft whose upper extremity is at least 53 cm above the water and has attached to it an orange flag measuring at least 22 cm by 22 cm; and

    • (b) in the waters of Lake Superior and Lake Nipigon and its tributaries, the hookline or each end of the net must be marked by a standard marker ball 50 cm in diameter or by a buoy with a shaft whose upper extremity is at least 92 cm above the water and has attached to it an orange flag measuring at least 22 cm by 22 cm.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 26

Commercial Fishing Close Times

 No person who is fishing under a commercial fishing licence or a commercial bait licence shall fish for, or catch and retain, a species of fish set out in column 2 of Schedule 7 or 8, as the case may be, in the waters set out in column 1 during the close time set out in column 3.

  • SOR/2014-311, s. 9

PART 4Observers

  •  (1) The provincial Minister may designate a person who does not purchase fish for the purpose of resale and who is not an owner, operator, manager or employee of an enterprise that catches, cultures, processes or transports fish as an observer for the purposes of these Regulations and may assign to the observer any of the following duties:

    • (a) the monitoring of fishing activities, the examination and measurement of fishing gear, the recording of scientific data and observations and the taking of samples;

    • (b) the monitoring of the landing of fish and the verification of the weight and species of fish caught and retained;

    • (c) the examination of records relating to fishing activities; and

    • (d) the biological examination and sampling of fish.

  • (2) The provincial Minister shall provide each observer with a certificate of designation as an observer.

  • (3) An observer shall, on request, show the certificate of designation.

  • (4) A person who is operating a fishing vessel under a commercial fishing licence shall,

    • (a) at the request of an observer, permit the observer to go on board the vessel to perform any of their duties; and

    • (b) provide the observer with such assistance as is reasonably necessary to enable the observer to perform those duties, including

      • (i) facilitating the sending and receiving of messages by means of the communications equipment on board the vessel,

      • (ii) providing the position of the vessel in latitude and longitude using Loran C reading, Global Positioning System or any equivalent system,

      • (iii) giving access to all areas of the vessel involved in fishing or fish processing or storage operations,

      • (iv) providing suitable storage facilities for samples,

      • (v) permitting photographs or video recordings to be taken of fishing operations, gear and equipment,

      • (vi) permitting embarkation and disembarkation at agreed times and places, and

      • (vii) permitting the removal from the vessel of samples, records, photographs and film taken or made on board the vessel.

  • SOR/2018-216, s. 27
 
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