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cagey

a lot of questions are asked with respect to the fishing regs or , worse yet, postings telling how they caught fish which they should have known were illegal.
while the members are always willing to say what the regs say or mean it is dangerous to rely on others who might not actually know what they are talking about.
The BEST way to know the correct answer is to ask the conservation department . the id is conservation.officer.service@gov.bc.ca
to ask a question put "Question" in the subject line then in the body of the email provide your name and phone number as well as details of the question. they guarantee a response within 5 business days. I have used the service on two occasions and received a response within 24 hours. the responses were very clear and fully explained.
if you need to speak to a conservation officer put "Contact" in the subject line then in the body your name , phone # and reason you need to talk to them. I have never used this service but expect it would get similar results. hope this is helpful to someone ! .
Knnn

Excellent and useful post. Thanks.
gearbox

thanks cagey. that'll come in handy. I find it's sometimes pretty hard to get in touch with them. i'll be keeping this handy.
alexfromrichmond

nice cagey , ty a lot , although I was lucky enough when dfo checked me , and I asked him quite a few questions , and I finally got really clear answers .
gearbox

but I've also experienced CO's giving conflicting information. one says this is legal while the next says it is not. so, in some instances, their word isn't necessarily reliable. makes one truly scratch one's head sometimes.
sharphooks moderator

that is the beauty of the email system. you have the answer in writing in case another co says otherwise .
alexfromrichmond

mister moderator , if I asked right "conservation.officer.service@gov.bc.ca" answer from this e-mail is most accurate and will overwrite COs ?
sharphooks moderator

if I understand your question, Alex, if you enquired through the email id that cagey referred us to with a clear question and received an answer, I do not think any charges laid by a co in the field after that date would hold up.
cagey

bringing back an old post.
gearbox

yes, I would think that having a confirmation from the main branch would cover your butt, in the court of law. and really, should solve any issues in the field as well, as you would then be properly following the rules and doing nothing wrong. but this should/would never be an issue if the COs all were on the same page. it makes no sense that there can be completely different interpretations from one CO to another. one would expect that they all have the same, correct guidelines that they are taught and enforce.
I have had similar things happen with ICBC. in their office, asking a simple question, and the first person doesn't know the answer/can't answer it, so passes it to the next, same thing from them, goes to their supervisor, who had the same response, actually went to them calling someone even higher, and still not a positive answer, just a "I think …….".
but, this is BC, and we have to expect this. they love their red-tape in this province, and making special rules and regulations for everything. the rest of Canada can do most things so simplified, but here, everything has to be special.
aaronwilde

I think it's a good thing that some laws/rules are in a gray area/ up for interpritation from the officer. Like.. carrying a knife. Apparently there are different bylaws depending what city you're in, and even then it depends. I asked a cop in Vancouver and he said he doesn't care because I'm carrying while traveling fishing, but he said you can get in big trouble if you carried say, going to bars/clubs lol. I think this lets things be a little more organic and gives us more room within certain silly laws. I see what you're saying though because it would be nice to know EXACTLY what is illegal so to avoid it.

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