Angling, hunting website seeks comments on proposed regulations

A new, permanent public engagement website gives an opportunity to review and comment on proposed angling, hunting and trapping regulations

VICTORIA – A new, permanent public engagement website gives British Columbians an opportunity to review and comment on proposed angling, hunting and trapping regulations.

“This website provides consistency and transparency to our consultations on angling, hunting and trapping regulations, said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “Now everyone can view and comment on proposed regulations online, modernizing the way British Columbians can provide feedback.”

Regulations for angling, hunting and trapping are reviewed and developed every two years, with alternating years for fish and for wildlife. The website ensures the public can review and submit comments on proposed regulations, over and above government’s regular face-to-face stakeholder consultations.

The website is part of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to enhance public engagement and create a more efficient and productive regulations-development process. New angling, hunting and trapping advisory teams have also been created to guide regulations development in collaboration with stakeholders.

Proposed regulations will be posted to the website for review and comment for approximately two to four weeks, depending on complexity. Each posted regulation shows the species, region, review period closing date, as well as a clear summary of the existing regulation, proposed regulation and the rationale for the change. Registered users can choose to receive email updates informing them of new proposal postings.

Freshwater anglers spend $480 million every year on equipment, travel and accommodation and hospitality services, supporting 7,500 direct jobs.

Hunting by resident hunters and guide outfitters contributes approximately $350 million to the province annually.

The guiding industry provides 2,000 jobs for rural communities and families, generating approximately $116 million in revenue each year.

To view the angling and hunting engagement website, visit: http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/

– Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations