Tuesday, November 20, 2007

E-LICENSING FOR FRESHWATER ANGLERS LAUNCHED

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2007ENV0126-001486
Nov. 19, 2007
Ministry of Environment

E-LICENSING FOR FRESHWATER ANGLERS LAUNCHED

VICTORIA - Purchasing a freshwater fishing licence is easier than ever
with the Province's new e-licensing system, Environment Minister Barry
Penner announced today.

Penner marked the occasion by purchasing a fishing licence at Robinson's
Outdoor Store in Victoria, B.C.'s first e-licence-equipped vendor.
"Freshwater anglers will now have a greater range of choices about how,
where and when they purchase their fishing licences," said Penner.
"Resident anglers and out-of-province visitors will now be able access
licences and fishing information online before they head out for their
next great B.C. fishing adventure."

Under the new e-licensing system, developed in partnership with Service
BC and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, anglers can purchase
their basic freshwater fishing licence, classified water permit or
conservation stamps through any computer with Internet access or from
any e-licence-equipped vendor.

While the online system has been operational since Sept. 6, 2007,
government has been working with Robinson's in Victoria and Highwater
Tackle in North Vancouver through the fall to pilot the new system for
vendors.

During the transition period, anglers can still purchase traditional
paper licences from their favourite tackle shop. In addition to giving
anglers greater choice and flexibility about how they obtain licences,
the new system will greatly improve the efficiency of the freshwater
licensing system and provide government with better information about
recreational effort and angler preferences. This information will be
used to help ensure that recreational fishing programs and lake and
stream stocking activities are tailored to meet angler demand.
Anglers can purchase fishing licences at www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/ or at
one of one of four e-licence-equipped vendors. More e-licence-equipped
vendors will be added to the system during the next several months.
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Media contact:
Kate Thompson
Media Relations
250 953-4577

John Thornton
Manager, Data and Licensing
Fish and Wildlife Branch
250 387-9776

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