Area 121

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Management area 121
Salmon

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 121 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open
Chum Salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 121 0/0/0 Non Retention until May 31
Pink Salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


2017-05-03 22:25:17

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Swiftsure Bank Closed
Salmon Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 4
Chinook Salmon Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 2
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Swiftsure Bank Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line from 48°34.00- north latitude and 125°06.00- west longitude to 48°34.00- north latitude and 124°54.20' west longitude, thence to 48°29.62- north latitude and 124°43.40-west longitude, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the United States of America to 48°29.55-' north latitude and 124°56.20- west longitude, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement [Swiftsure Bank]


2017-05-20 01:46:14

Other finfish

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 121 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 121 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 121 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 121 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 121 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 121 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 121 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 121 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/6 Open until Dec 31
Lingcod 121 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Perch 121 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 121 Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Rockfish, Yelloweye 121 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open until Nov 15
Sablefish 121 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 121 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 121 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 121 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 121 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 121 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 121 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 121 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 121 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


2017-05-19 00:09:10

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Swiftsure Bank Closed
Herring 121 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 121 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 121 Maximum Length Head On (cm) 133 cm
Reminder Only one (1) of the two (2) halibut in your possession may be greater than 83 cm in overall length. The licence holder shall record immediately in ink on their licence all retained halibut caught in any Management Area.
Halibut Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Closed
Area 121 - Swiftsure Bank Closed
Lingcod Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Closed
Perch 121 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish, All Species Combined Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Closed
Rockfish, Bocaccio Coastwide Reminder Management measures to rebuild bocaccio rockfish are being considered. Notice of future measures to rebuild bocaccio will be posted here. Details

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Area 121 - Swiftsure Bank Area 121 - Swiftsure Bank - Closed Area: The waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a line from 48°34.00'N and 125°06.00'W, thence to 48°34.00'N and 124° 54.20'W, thence to 48°29.62'N and 124°43.40'W, thence following the International Boundary -
Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees..
Swiftsure Bank Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line from 48°34.00- north latitude and 125°06.00- west longitude to 48°34.00- north latitude and 124°54.20' west longitude, thence to 48°29.62- north latitude and 124°43.40-west longitude, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the United States of America to 48°29.55-' north latitude and 124°56.20- west longitude, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement [Swiftsure Bank]


2017-05-20 01:47:45

Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish (and snails)

Before harvesting bivalve shellfish from this area learn about when and where you can harvest. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Step 1: marine biotoxin and sanitary contamination closures

  • Check for contamination in the subarea where you plan to harvest.

Bivalve shellfish have two hinged shells. Because they feed by filtering microscopic plankton from the water, changes in water quality can cause unsafe marine biotoxins, bacteria, or viruses to build up in their tissue. Snails can also accumulate toxins and pollutants.

Step 2: species regulations and restrictions

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area (sponge reef closure, MPA, RCA). The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Bivalve shellfish contamination

The contamination table displays current closures only. A full list of seasonal sanitary closures for this area is available.

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
121-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
121-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
121-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species


2017-05-24 15:37:05

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clams, All 121 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 121 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 121 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 121 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 121 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 121 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 121 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 121 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 121 Hand Picking 75/150/-


2017-05-02 16:24:42

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Bivalve Species Coastwide Reminder Because of the risk of contamination, you are not allowed to harvest bivalve shellfish (for any purpose) within: (1) 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges (2) 125 metres around a marina, ferry wharf, floating living accommodation, or any finfish net pen (exceptions described as follows) (3) 25 meters around any floating living accommodation facility located within a shellfish aquaculture tenure where a zero-discharge and appropriate waste management plan is a condition of the Aquaculture Licence and is approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee (4) 0 meters of any finfish net pen within an aquaculture tenure where an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Management Plan approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee is in operation.
Clams, All 121 Gear Restriction It is illegal to use any mechanical apparatus or dredge for harvesting clams.
Reminder Clam harvesters are encouraged to fill in holes to reduce predation on exposed juvenile clams.
Mussels, All 121 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
Oyster, Pacific Coastwide Reminder To avoid inadvertently harvesting Olympia oysters while you are harvesting Pacific oysters, do not harvest any oyster less than 5 cm in diameter.
121 Packaging and Transporting Harvesters are encouraged to shuck oysters on the beach and leave the shells there, or return oyster shells to the beach from where you collected them whenever possible. In order to avoid the transfer of European green crab, please dispose of any oyster shell harvested from the west coast of Vancouver Island back to the beach from where it came or with your household garbage. Consult your local DFO Office. You will need permission to harvest oysters from marked oyster farms.


2017-05-20 01:48:49

Crab

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Crab, Alaska King 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 121 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Other 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 121 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Shore 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


2017-05-02 16:31:55

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction
Coastwide Gear Restriction
Reminder Keep navigation channels clear of buoys and lines. Any fishing gear that interferes with safe navigation can be removed under the Navigation Protection Act.
Crab 121 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
Crab, Dungeness Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Dungeness crabs
Crab, Red Rock Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Red Rock crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Red Rock crabs.


2017-05-20 01:47:57

Other invertebrates

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 121 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 121 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 121 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 121 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 121 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 121 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 121 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 121 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 121 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 121 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 121 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 121 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open
Squid, All other species 121 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 121 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open


2017-05-17 00:05:08

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 200.


2017-05-20 01:49:06

Area closures

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area. The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Learn about restrictions in:

Area closures

Area Type Closure Name
121-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Carmanah
121-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Pachena Point

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Carmanah Those waters of Subarea 20-1, Area 21, Subarea 121-1 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°37.350'N 124°45.847'W Vancouver Island then to 48°37.000'N 124°46.800'W in water then to 48°34.500'N 124°41.500'W in water then to 48°35.100'N 124°40.774'W Vancouver Island then following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point
Pachena Point Pachena_Point.png Those waters of Area 21 and Subarea 121-2 that inside of a line that: begins at 48°43.327'N 125°05.855'W Pachena Point Light then true south to 48°42.800'N 125°05.855'W in water then to 48°40.580'N 124°59.528'W in water then true north to the Vancouver Island shoreline, then northwesterly following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point


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