Licence to collect fish for scientific purposes
How to apply for a licence to collect fish for scientific purposes.
Generally, you are not allowed to fish, deposit or transport live fish without a licence. This is set out in the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007 (OFRs) under the federal Fisheries Act.
To meet the licence requirements, you can apply for a Licence to Collect Fish for Scientific Purposes for:
- inventory and assessment
- development, such as salvage and rescue
- maintenance, such as storm water management pond maintenance
Special licence classes
There are two special classes of licences to collect fish for scientific purposes that can be issued without review and approval if you meet certain criteria. The special classes are for:
- the collection of fish for stormwater management pond maintenance
- fish salvage during in-water infrastructure works
These licences are subject to:
- the conditions set out in section 34.1 of the Fish Licensing regulation
- any additional conditions that may be included on the licence
How to apply
To apply, you can either:
- submit your application online using the Natural Resources Information Portal
- download the licence application form and submit the form and your supporting documents to the district office where you will be collecting the fish
You need to include the following information and supporting documents with your application when applying for a licence that is not one of the two special classes of licences:
- the objectives of the study
- an outline of the proposed project/collection
- location(s) where the collections will occur
Depending on your application, you may also need to include:
- a letter from the educational institution supporting the research
- a Transfer of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) Risk Assessment Questionnaire. To get this form, contact your local district office
- Animal Care Committee approval (for universities and colleges)
After you apply
If your application is approved, a licence will be issued electronically to the email address you used in your licence application.
You need to report your fish collection activities to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry either:
- on or before January 31, of the year following the expiry of the licence
- on or before the date specified on your licence
Submit your mandatory collection report by email or in person to your local Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry office.