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Frequently Asked Questions about the Fisheries and Wildlife Management Information System (FWMIS)


What is FWMIS?

The Fish and Wildlife Management Information System (FWMIS) is the Government of Alberta's fisheries and wildlife database.

FWMIS is maintained by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and provides a central repository to store and access extensive fish and wildlife inventory data.

Who collects and submits FWMIS data?

FWMIS data is collected by a variety of organizations, such as:

  • educational institutions
  • government
  • individuals
  • museums
  • private consulting companies

FWMIS data collected is for the purpose of fisheries and wildlife management and conservation.

The information you collect is an important contribution to the knowledge base for fisheries and wildlife management in the province.

Submitting Data to FWMIS

What kind of data can be submitted to FWMIS?

In addition to the required standard inventory data indicating date, location, species, etc., which is submitted on FWMIS loadforms, various digital data such as images and PDF reports can also be submitted and stored in FWMIS to enhance and provide context to the data.

What steps are required to submit data to FWMIS?

  1. Enter your fisheries and/or wildlife sighting and collection information into the appropriate FWMIS loadform. The FWMIS Data Submission Guide will provide information and tips for entering data.

    To find the FWMIS Loadforms and the FWMIS Data Submission Guide, see:

  2. Email the completed FWMIS loadform, along with any associated images or reports, to the regional Fish & Wildlife biologist in the area from which the data was collected.

    To contact the regional Fish and Wildlife biologist, see:

Where can I find instructions for entering data into a FWMIS loadform?

Please refer to the FWMIS Data Submission guide found on both the fisheries and wildlife loadform pages for details and tips on how to enter data into the FWMIS loadforms.

Can I edit the FWMIS loadforms?

No. FWMIS ‘reads’ the EXCEL loadforms directly therefore the input must conform to certain database rules. It is important not to manipulate these loadforms such as deleting columns, changing headings, etc.

Can I just re-use loadforms I’ve previously submitted?

No. Please download a new loadform for every new submission as the loadforms are continually being updated. Also, you will avoid problems like corrupting the worksheets by copying over old data or unintentionally submitting already previously submitted data.

What happens to the data I submit?

The information you collect is an important contribution to the knowledge base for everyone.

Excluding sensitive data, your submitted data may be provided to others in future data requests and may be viewable on the FWMIS Internet Mapping Tool (FWIMT) to others for the purposes of fisheries and wildlife management and conservation.

Retrieving and Using Information from FWMIS

How do I retrieve information from FWMIS?

There are two ways to access FWMIS data:

  1. FWMIS data can be viewed online using the FWMIS Internet Mapping Tool (FWIMT).
  2. FWMIS data can be requested by contacting the regional Fish and Wildlife biologist according to the area of interest.

For further details, refer to:

How can the FWMIS data I received be used?

Data stored in the Fish and Wildlife Management Information System (FWMIS) is intended to support appropriate conservation and management of Alberta’s wild species and their habitats and should be used for that objective. Redistribution of the raw data is prohibited.

As a recipient of data stored in FWMIS via a data request from a Fish & Wildlife biologist, you agree to submit any observations of fish and wildlife occurrences that you record in association with the use of FWMIS data.

FWMIS data is not intended to be a definitive statement on the presence, absence, or status of a species within a given area, nor as a substitute for on-site surveys. FWMIS data does not represent a complete record of all fish and wildlife observations available. It only represents the data currently residing in FWMIS. Many areas in Alberta have not been subjected to a comprehensive species inventory.

For more details, refer to the FWMIS Data Sharing Agreement document at:

How is secured and sensitive data distributed?

Following accepted guidelines, the locations of Endangered, Threatened, and selected vulnerable species and their habitats will be kept secure.

Security is accomplished by generalizing or ‘hazing’ the specific locations within appropriate limits such that the exact location can not be identified. Only generalized data will be provided to external individuals and organizations, except on demonstrated need.

The specific locations of secured records are not to be published in any form without the express written consent of the Fish and Wildlife Division of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD).

How do I reference FWMIS data?

Data stored in FWMIS originates from multiple sources. Source credit will be given with any data distributed from FWMIS, and this credit must be acknowledged by all users of the data.

Example Format:

Reference Author(s). Reference Year. Reference Title. Retrieved month-day-year from the Fish and Wildlife Management Information System, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

Buell, Z., R. Timonsteen, and D. Loray. 2001. Biodiversity of wildlife in the Youngman drainage of Alberta. Retrieved Jan-16-2004 from the Fish and Wildlife Management Information System, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

FWMIS Issues and Troubleshooting

In the FWMIS Internet Mapping Tool (FWIMT), why are there only icons for fish inventories?

Wildlife species observations are not displayed as point locations within FWIMT due to the sensitivity of identifying specific locations, but wildlife species information is displayed in the reports generated by the Fish and Wildlife Report tool.

The Fish and Wildlife Report Tool available in FWIMT will provide a report summarizing all fish and wildlife inventories and species that have been submitted to FWMIS for a user–defined area.

Still Have Questions About FWMIS? Contact Us!

If you couldn’t find a loadform that will accommodate your data, or if you have any other questions about FWMIS, contact a FWMIS administrator:


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