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Help our Fisheries

Observe, Record and Report (ORR)

Help to protect our Fisheries Resource

An important goal of enforcement is the prevention of violations before damage is done. The watchful eyes of everyone can provide a strong deterrent to potential violators and stop offences before they happen. Poachers value your silence.


Some common violations are:

  • exceeding the daily limit
  • fishing in a closed area
  • using illegal gear
  • damage to fish habitat and pollution


Carry a pencil and record your observations:

  • Date, time and location (e.g. nearest town, fishing location)
  • Identity or description of violators (e.g. height, weight, hair colour)
  • Boat or vehicle description (e.g. licence, colour, make)
  • Evidence of the scene
  • Action of violator(s)


Violations should be reported as soon as possible to:

DFO ORR phone line: 1-800-465-4336 or in Greater Vancouver 604-607-4186

The provincial Ministry of Environment has established a toll-free hotline, Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP), which allows you to report known or suspected poachers and polluters.

For any fish, wildlife or environmental offences in non-marine areas, please call:

Provincial RAPP line: 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

The British Columbia Wildlife Federation offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to charges being laid against a person harming fish and wildlife and their habitat, as well as to private property belonging to mining, forestry, farmers and ranchers or other private concerns. Call the RAPP line.

For information, consult the BC Wildlife Federation's Wilderness Watch Program, or contact the Federation:

BC Wildlife Federation: 1-888-881-2293 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


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