Your Licence Dollars at Work

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC) delivers a range of services that are essential to sustaining public sport fishing and the conservation and restoration of wild fish in BC.

At the time the FFSBC was founded in 2003, the Province also introduced a new funding model where 100% of dollars collected from freshwater fishing licence sales would be reinvested in sport fishing, while general tax revenue would be used to support the conservation and restoration of wild fish populations.

Three Sources of Funding:

Angler Licence Revenue

Licence revenue collected by the Province is allocated to:

  • Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (sport fishing) 53%
  • Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (fish conservation) 24%
  • Province of BC 23%

The FFSBC expends its allocation of angling licence revenue on operating the five major hatcheries and associated operations to produce over 7 million trout, char and kokanee, and deliver stocking programs to over 800 lakes and streams throughout the Province.  Stocking programs support 50% of all lake fishing activity in BC.  In addition, licence revenue is used to improve, develop, and promote sport fisheries in the Province.

Conservation Services Revenue

Under our contract with the Province the FFSBC also receives an annual payment to provide a range of professional and technical services needed to support provincial priorities for wild fish conservation and restoration.  Currently the FFSBC receives about $1.2M annually for these services.  The source of this funding is from General Revenue as conservation and restoration of the fisheries resource is the responsibility of the people of British Columbia, and not just anglers.

Revenue from Partnership Agreements and Contracts with Third Parties

The FFSBC also generates revenues through various partnership agreements and contracts for the delivery of fish culture and other services to other governments, crown corporations, First Nations, and the private sector.  If profits are generated through these arrangements they are reinvested in the purposes of the FFSBC – public recreational fisheries and wild fish conservation.


The Small Lakes Management and Conservation Initiative (SLMCI) was established to support small Lake projects.

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