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 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

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
Pink Salmon 14 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 14 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


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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
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.


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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 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 (See Restrictions)
Greenling 14 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 14 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/6 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 14 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 14 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 14 0/0/0 Closed
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


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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 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


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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)
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


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Species regulations

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Abalone 14 0/0/0
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/-


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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 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 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 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 14 0/0/0 Closed
Crab, All Species Combined 14 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
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 (See Restrictions)
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 (See Restrictions)
Crab, Shore 14 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.
14 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4
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 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, Traps (Crab) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 14 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 14 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
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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