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 16 (Sechelt Inlet, Jervis Inlet, Texada Island)

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Management area 16
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 16 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/15 Open
Chum Salmon 16 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 16 0/0/0 Non Retention
Pink Salmon 16 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 16 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
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 16 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 16 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 16 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 16 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 16 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 16 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 16 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 16 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 16 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 16 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 16 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 16 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 16 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 16 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/6 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 16 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 16 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 16 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 16 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 16 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 16 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 16 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 16 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 16 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 16 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 16 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 16 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 16 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 16 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Herring 16 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 16 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 16 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 16 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.

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)
16-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-5 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-6 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-7 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-8 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-9 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-11 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-12 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-13 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-16 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-17 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-18 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-19 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
16-20 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
16-21 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
16-22
  • Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
  • Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Abalone 16 0/0/0
Clam, Butter 16 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 16 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 16 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 16 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 16 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 16 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 16 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 16 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 16 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 16 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 16 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 16 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 16 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 16 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 16 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 16 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 16 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 16 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 16 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 16 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 16 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
Oyster, Pacific 16 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
Snail, Moon 16 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.


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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 16 0/0/0 Closed
Crab, All Species Combined 16 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 16 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 16 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Crab, Other 16 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 16 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Crab, Shore 16 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.
16 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4
16-4 Gear Restriction It is prohibited to use any gear other than ring nets or dip nets in Pender Harbour, east of a line between Henry Point and Francis Peninsula.
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 16 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 16 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 16 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 16 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 16 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 16 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 16 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 16 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 16 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 16 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 16 Ring Net, Spear, Traps (Crab) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 16 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 16 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
16-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands
Thormanby Island
16-2 Rockfish Conservation Area McNaughton Point
16-11 Rockfish Conservation Area Hardy Island
16-12 Rockfish Conservation Area Hotham Sound
16-15 Rockfish Conservation Area Princess Louisa Inlet
Queens Reach East
Queens Reach West
16-16 Rockfish Conservation Area Nelson Island
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-17 Rockfish Conservation Area Salmon Inlet
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-18 Rockfish Conservation Area Malaspina Strait
Sinclair Bank
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-19 Rockfish Conservation Area Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-21 Rockfish Conservation Area Davie Bay
Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Davie Bay Davie_Bay.png Those waters of Subarea 16-21 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°36.177'N 124°23.857'W near Davie Bay then to 49°35.500'N 124°24.500'W in water then to 49°33.750'N 124°20.700'W in water then to 49°34.552'N 124°19.900'W shoreline then following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Hardy Island Hardy_Island.png The waters of Subarea 16-11 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°45.100'N 124°13.250'W Ball Point then to 49°45.700'N 124°13.750'W in water then to 49°46.400'N 124°05.455'W east side of Vanguard Bay then following the shoreline of Nelson Island following the Subarea 16-11 boundary across to Hardy Island, then following the northerly shoreline of Hardy Island to the beginning point
Hotham Sound Hotham_Sound.png The waters of Subarea 16-12 that lie northwesterly of a line: From 49°50.200'N 124°02.281'W Elephant Point To 49°51.567'N 124°00.786'W Harmony Islands then to 49°51.667'N 124°00.527'W shoreline
Malaspina Strait Malaspina_Strait.png Those waters of Subarea 16-18 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°39.200'N 124°11.250'W in water then to 49°36.100'N 124°06.000'W in water then to 49°35.200'N 124°09.400'W in water then to 49°38.600'N 124°13.500'W in water then to the beginning point
McNaughton Point McNaughton_Point.png That portion of Subarea 16-2 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°35.300'N 124°01.300'W in water then to 49°35.400'N 124°00.950'W shoreline then southerly following the shoreline to 49°32.873'N 123°59.410'W near Wood Bay then to 49°32.700'N 123°59.700'W in water then to 49°33.900'N 124°00.700'W in water then to 49°34.600'N 124°00.974'W in water then to the beginning point.
Nelson Island That portion of Subarea 16-16 that lies easterly of the meridian passing through 124°12.050' west longitude. This includes Blind Bay, Billings Bay, Hidden Basin and Cockburn Bay.
Princess Louisa Inlet Princess_Louisa_Inlet.png Those waters of Princess Louisa Inlet in Subarea 16-15 that lie northerly of a line: From 50°09.876'N 123°51.013'W Malibu Rapids To 50°09.852'N 123°50.935'W Malibu Rapids
Queens Reach East Queens_Reach_East.png Those waters of Subarea 16-15 that lie inside a line that: begins at 50°11.423'N 123°56.284'W shoreline then to 50°11.150'N 123°56.600'W in water then to 50°09.500'N 123°52.000'W in water then to 50°09.750'N 123°51.450'W shoreline then northwesterly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Queens Reach West Queens_Reach_West.png The waters of Subarea 16-15 the lie inside a line that: begins at 50°07.948'N 123°51.051'W shoreline then to 50°07.700'N 123°50.100'W in water then to 50°06.132'N 123°49.057'W shoreline then northwesterly following the shoreline to the beginning point
Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands Sabine_Channel-Jervis-Jedediah_Islands.png The waters of Subareas 16-1, 16-19 and 16-21 inside a line that: begins at 49°30.900'N 124°17.500'W West Point then to 49°32.250'N 124°16.750'W in water then to 49°30.567'N 124°12.600'W Jedediah Island then following the northerly shoreline of Jedediah Island to 49°30.100'N 124°11.583'W Jedediah Island then to 49°29.200'N 124°10.200'W Sheer Island then to 49°27.600'N 124°08.500'W in water then to 49°27.500'N 124°10.067'W south of Windy Bay then following the northerly shoreline of Lasqueti Island to the beginning point.
Salmon Inlet Salmon_Inlet.png Those waters of Subarea 16-7 that lie easterly of the meridian passing through 123°43.000' west longitude, near Black Bear Bluff and westerly of a line: From 49°40.928'N 123°33.617'W powerline To 49°40.583'N 123°33.325'W powerline
Sinclair Bank Sinclair_Bank.png Those waters of Subarea 16-18 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°43.400'N 124°18.750'W in water then to 49°43.400'N 124°15.000'W in water then to 49°41.100'N 124°15.000'W in water then to 49°41.100'N 124°18.750'W in water then to the beginning point.
Skookumchuck Narrows Skookumchuck_Narrows.png Those waters of Subareas 16-6 and 16-9 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°44.800'N 123°54.417'W Skookumchuk Narrows then to 49°44.800'N 123°53.473'W Skookumchuk Narrows then southerly following the shoreline to 49°43.517'N 123°52.049'W shoreline then to 49°43.517'N 123°52.781'W Skookum Island Light then to 49°38.900'N 123°50.700'W in water then to 49°37.500'N 123°49.700'W in water then to 49°37.500'N 123°50.600'W shoreline then northerly following the shoreline of Sechelt Peninsula to the beginning point.
Thormanby Island Thormanby_Island.png That portion of Subarea 16-1 that lies southerly of a line that: begins at 49°30.497'N 123°58.937'W South Thormanby Island then to 49°31.123'N 123°59.107'W Tattenham Ledge Light Buoy then to 49°30.726'N 123°58.252'W Grant Island then following the northerly shoreline of Grant Island to 49°30.732'N 123°58.058'W Grant Island then to 49°30.771'N 123°57.940'W Mainland then southerly following the shoreline to 49°30.587'N 123°56.019'W near Square Bay then to 49°29.533'N 123°57.240'W Lemburg Point then northerly following the shoreline of South Thomanby Island to the beginning point.


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