Commercial Fishing in Alberta

On August 1, 2014, all lakes in Alberta were closed to commercial fishing and commercial fishing ceased.

A provincial assessment and an extensive third-party review have been completed to assess the long-term viability of Alberta’s commercial fishery and determined that Alberta’s commercial fishery is no longer viable.

Closing the commercial fishery is an important step in protecting the long-term sustainability of Alberta’s fishery. The closure will help to ensure we can meet the increasing pressure and demands placed on the province’s limited number of lakes.


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Updated: Mar 30, 2016