Notice to all recreational fishers

We are currently updating our online data for the 2017-2018 fishing season. While this work is underway, regulations on the BC Sport Fishing Guide website are frozen and may not apply beyond March 31, 2017. Bivalve contamination information is not included in this freeze and will continue to update.

If you are fishing after March 31, 2017 it is important that you check our Fishery Notice System for up to date information about fishing limits and management measures as decisions are made.

We appreciate your patience as we carry out these seasonal updates.

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

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
Pink Salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


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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]


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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

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 (See Restrictions)
Greenling 121 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/6 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 121 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 121 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 121 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Rockfish, Yelloweye 121 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open
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


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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 length. The licence holder shall record immediately in ink on their licence all retained halibut caught in any Management Area.
Halibut Area 121 - Swiftsure Bank Closed
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, 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]


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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 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Abalone 121 0/0/0
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/-


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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 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 oys


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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

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


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab, All Species Combined Coastwide Gear Restriction You may use up to two rings, dip nets or traps in combination. Traps must be marked with floating tag or buoy that has your name on it. This includes traps tied to a boat or dock or fished from shore. Use highly visible buoys, large enough to stay afloat in tides and currents in your fishing area. Only one name can appear on the buoy attached to your trap(s). Names and phone numbers must be legible and visible (at least 7.5 cm high). DO NOT USE: Gear marked with another fisher"s name. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and Styrofoam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. All single traps must be marked with a buoy. If two crab traps are attached to one ground line, you are allowed to mark the ground line with only one buoy. Make sure your buoy line doesn"t float and become tangles in boaters" props. Either use sinking line or, if you use floating line, attach a weight to keep the extra line under the water at all tide levels (without sinking the buoy). Use of snares, rakes, spears or other pointed instruments to fish for crab is illegal.
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, All Species Combined Coastwide Gear Restriction All crab traps must have a section in the top or sidewall that has been secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 (approximately 5 mm or 3/16 inch diameter). This twine is often referred to as rot cord. On deterioration this must produce a rectangular opening with a minimum size of 7 cm x 20 cm, or a square opening with a minimum size of 11 cm x 11 cm. This regulation is intended to ensure that if the trap is lost, the section secured by the cord will rot, allowing captive crabs to escape, and preventing the trap from continuing to fish. On traps with a rigid frame and a freely opening hinged lid the trap lid must be secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 so that the trap lid will open freely when the rot cord is broken. No other fastenings may impede the hinged lid of the trap from opening.
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.


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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

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
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, Traps (Crab) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 121 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 121 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Traps must be marked with floating tag or buoy that has your name on it. This includes traps tied to a boat or dock or fished from shore. Use highly visible buoys, large enough to stay afloat in tides and currents in your fishing area. Only one name can appear on the buoy attached to your trap(s). Names and phone numbers must be legible and visible (at least 7.5 cm high). DO NOT USE: Gear marked with another fisher"s name. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and Styrofoam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. Make sure your buoy line doesn"t float and become tangles in boaters" props. Either use sinking line or, if you use floating line, attach a weight to keep the extra line under the water at all tide levels (without sinking the buoy). All single traps must be marked with a buoy. If two prawn traps are attached to one ground line, you are allowed to mark the ground line with only one buoy. More than two traps on a ground line requires a buoy at each end. A maximum of 4 traps is allowed on a single ground line
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 200.


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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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