FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is reminding ice fishers to learn the rules and respect the environment.

“This year has seen a cold start to the winter in New Brunswick, and the upside for many is an early start to the ice fishing season,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr. “Ice fishing is a traditional and popular winter activity that brings friends and family together to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Designated inland, tidal and international waters are open for ice fishing from Jan. 1 to March 31. Ice fishing licences are required and are now available for those preparing for the upcoming season.

“Ice fishing is a recreational activity that comes with some responsibility,” said Carr. “Those participating, particularly those placing shelters on the ice, are asked to follow the rules so we can protect our waterways and natural environment.”

Signs are posted at popular ice fishing sites to ensure owners of shelters are aware of waterways regulations and how to properly maintain their shelters until the end of the fishing season.

In the event of prolonged periods of mild weather, ice fishers are reminded to be vigilant to avoid having their structures become an environmental hazard.

“We hope New Brunswickers will have a safe and enjoyable time out on the ice this year, and that they heed the regulations that protect the environment for generations to come,” said Carr.

Under the Clean Environment Act the owners of ice fishing shelters must:

  • post their name and address clearly on the outside of the shelter;
  • mount shelters on skids or runners to allow for easy removal;
  • remove all shelters and contents before the spring thaw otherwise prior to midnight April 2 or earlier as stipulated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada;
  • dispose properly of all waste on land.

Shelter owners who do not comply are subject to regulatory enforcement actions.

Regulations and the designated inland, tidal and international waters list for 2019 are available online.