Area 14 (Comox, Parksville, Denman and Hornby Islands)

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Management area 14
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 14 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/15 Open
Chum Salmon 14 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 14 0/0/0 Non Retention until May 31
Pink Salmon 14 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 14 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


2017-05-08 00:05:41

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
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
14-14 Non Retention
14-14 Non Retention
14-11: Baynes Sound Non Retention
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
14-11: Baynes Sound Subarea 14-11. [Baynes Sound inside a line from the Cape Lazo Light, then to the P-54 Bell Buoy on Comox Bar, then to Longbeak Point, then to the mouth of Hart (Washer) Creek]Creek on Vancouver Island.


2017-05-20 01:46:38

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 14 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 14 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 14 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 14 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 14 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 14 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 14 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 14 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 14 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 14 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 14 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 14 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 14 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 14 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/6 Open until Dec 31
Lingcod 14 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/10 Open until Sep 30
Perch 14 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 14 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open until Sep 30
Sablefish 14 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 14 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 14 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 14 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 14 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 14 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 14 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 14 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 14 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 14 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 14 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


2017-05-19 00:08:20

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Herring 14 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 14 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 14 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.
Perch 14 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


2017-05-20 01:46:37

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)
14-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
14-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
14-3 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
14-5 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
14-7 Clam, Butter;Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-8 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Clam, Varnish;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-9 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-10 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-11 Clam, Butter;Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Cockles;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
14-13 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-14 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
14-15 Clam, Butter;Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Clam, Varnish;Mussels, All;Oysters, All;Scallop, Other;Scallop, Pacific;Scallop, Pink;Scallop, Spiny


2017-05-19 09:45:22

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 14 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 14 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 14 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 14 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 14 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 14 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 14 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 14 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 14 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 14 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 14 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 14 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 14 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 14 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 14 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 14 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 14 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 14 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 14 Hand Picking 75/150/-


2017-05-02 16:24:47

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.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures Closed
Mitlenatch Island Closed
Clams, All 14 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 14 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.
14 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.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Mitlenatch Island Waters within 0.5 nautical miles of Mitlenatch Island.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat: within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.


2017-05-20 01:48:22

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 14 0/0/0 Closed
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 14 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 14 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Other 14 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 14 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Shore 14 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


2017-05-02 16:32:43

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab 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 Coastwide Gear Restriction
14 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures Closed
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.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat: within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.


2017-05-20 01:47:41

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 14 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 14 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 14 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 14 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 14 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 14 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 14 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 14 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 14 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 14 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 14 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 14 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open
Squid, All other species 14 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 14 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open


2017-05-17 00:05:15

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Other Invertebrates Strait of Georgia Dive Closures Closed
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 200.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat: within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.


2017-05-20 01:48:57

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
14-2 Glass Sponge Reef Parksville
14-3 Glass Sponge Reef Parksville
Rockfish Conservation Area Lasqueti Island South
Sisters Islets
14-4 Rockfish Conservation Area Sisters Islets
14-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Sisters Islets
14-6 Glass Sponge Reef East of Hornby Islands
Rockfish Conservation Area Ajax-Achilles Bank
Sisters Islets
14-7 Rockfish Conservation Area Savoie Rocks - Maude Reef
14-8 Rockfish Conservation Area Baynes Sound
Chrome Island
14-12 Rockfish Conservation Area Ajax-Achilles Bank
14-13 Rockfish Conservation Area Mitlenatch Island
Oyster Bay

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Ajax-Achilles Bank Ajax-Achilles_Bank.png Those waters of Subareas 14-6 and 14-12 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°39.500'N 124°43.420'W in water then to 49°40.900'N 124°39.600'W in water then to 49°33.000'N 124°28.500'W in water then to 49°31.950'N 124°29.250'W in water then to the beginning point.
Baynes Sound Baynes_Sound.png Those waters of Subarea 14-8 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°31.200'N 124°48.100'W in water then to 49°30.200'N 124°46.500'W in water then to 49°29.900'N 124°47.100'W in water then to 49°30.800'N 124°48.700'W in water then to the beginning point.
Chrome Island Chrome_Island.png Those waters of Subarea 14-8 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°28.489'N 124°41.129'W Boyle Point then to 49°28.332'N 124°41.112'W Chrome Island Light then to 49°28.067'N 124°43.700'W Mapleguard Point then to 49°28.311'N 124°44.195'W Mapleguard Buoy then to 49°28.918'N 124°43.946'W Repulse Point then easterly following the shoreline to the beginning point
East of Hornby Islands East_of_Hornby_Islands.jpeg That portion of Subarea 14-6 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°33.490'N 124°29.230'W then southerly to 49°32.701'N 124°28.760'W then to 49°31.657'N 124°29.434'W then to 49°31.663'N 124°29.896'W then to 49°32.651'N 124°29.752'W then to 49°33.340'N 124°29.935'W then to 49°33.498'N 124°29.773'W then to the beginning point.
Lasqueti Island South Lasqueti_Island_South.png Those waters of Subarea 14-3 the lie inside a line that: begins at 49°27.315'N 124°13.300'W east of Boat Cove then to 49°25.800'N 124°13.300'W in water then to 49°25.800'N 124°18.250'W in water then to 49°27.600'N 124°18.250'W near Jenkins Creek then following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Mitlenatch Island Mitlenatch_Island.png Those waters of Subareas 13-1, 14-13, 15-2 and 15-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°58.500'N 125°01.900'W in water then to 49°58.500'N 124°58.100'W in water then to 49°55.500'N 124°58.100'W in water then to 49°55.500'N 125°01.900'W in water then to the beginning point
Oyster Bay Oyster_Bay.png Those waters of Subarea 14-13 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°55.600'N 125°10.947'W south of Shelter Point then to 49°55.600'N 125°06.100'W in water then to 49°53.900'N 125°09.000'W shoreline then across Oyster Bay to the beginning point.
Parksville Parksville.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 14-2 and 14-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°21.680'N 124°19.762'W then southeasterly to 49°21.514'N 124°18.893'W then to 49°21.191'N 124°17.723'W then to 49°21.064'N 124°17.724'W then to 49°20.725'N 124°18.380'W then to 49°21.432'N 124°19.811'W then to the beginning point.
Savoie Rocks - Maude Reef Savoie_Rocks-Maude_Reef.png Those waters of Subarea 14-7 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°29.800'N 124°40.522'W north of Norman Point then to 49°29.750'N 124°41.300'W in water then to 49°30.600'N 124°42.700'W in water then to 49°30.771'N 124°42.500'W Shingle Spit then southeasterly following the shoreline to the beginning point
Sisters Islets Sisters_Islets.png Those waters of Subareas 14-3 to 14-6 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°29.900'N 124°27.750'W in water then to 49°29.900'N 124°25.100'W in water then to 49°28.100'N 124°25.100'W in water then to 49°28.100'N 124°27.750'W in water then to the beginning point.


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