Government of New Brunswick

Fifty species of fish live in New Brunswick's inland waters.  
At Energy and Resource Development, we are responsible for ensuring they are managed wisely.
Did you know that it is illegal to transfer or stock fish without approval?
Here's how you can help protect our native fish from invading species.
People are currently:

  • moving smallmouth bass to new waters. 
  • moving chain pickerel to new waters. 
  • stocking rainbow trout. 
  • letting their goldfish swim freely. 

People often spread unwanted species by:

  • releasing a ship's ballast water that contains exotic organisms. 
  • introducing aquaculture, sport or aquarium fish. 
  • boating, bait handling, water transport and releasing fish from ornamental ponds.
  • A new species can disrupt the natural ecosystem and impact native fish.
  • It may introduce diseases and parasites that affect wild fish populations.
  • Introduced species may compete with and prey on salmon and trout. 
  • Do not stock or move fish.
  • Do not release or put fish, plants or other animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.
  • Be aware of bait regulations. It is illegal to use live fish as bait in most New Brunswick waters. Where use of live bait is legal, use bait from the body of water you are fishing.