Area 18 (Saltspring, Pender, Mayne and Saturna Islands, and Saanich Peninsula)

Area map

Area maps

Area 18: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management area 18
Salmon

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 18 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/15 Open
Chum Salmon 18 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 18 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
Coho Salmon (Wild) 18 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention until Dec 31
Pink Salmon 18-1 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non Retention
18-2 to 18-11 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 18 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Cowichan Bay Closed
Salmon Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 4
Fulford Harbour Gear Restriction Single-Pointed Hook
Chinook Salmon Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 2
Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
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
Cowichan Bay In Area 18, the waters of Cowichan Bay inside a line from a fishing boundary sign near Separation Point on Vancouver Island to Wilcuma Wharf.
Fulford Harbour Fulford Harbour inside or NW of a line between a fishing boundary sign located near the navigation light and Jackson Rock on the north shore of Fulford Harbour across the Harbour to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.


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Other finfish

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 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 18 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 18 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 18 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 18 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 18 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 18 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 18 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 18 0/0/0 Closed
Lingcod 18 0/0/10 Closed until Apr 30
Perch 18 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 18 0/0/0 Closed until Apr 30
Sablefish 18 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 18 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 18 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 18 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 18 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 18 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 18 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 18 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 18 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Cowichan Bay Closed
Herring 18 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 18 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Closed Recreational halibut fishing closes coast wide as of midnight September 6.
18 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 18 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
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) Coastwide Reminder trout means brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, lake trout, rainbow trout or steelhead.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Cowichan Bay In Area 18, the waters of Cowichan Bay inside a line from a fishing boundary sign near Separation Point on Vancouver Island to Wilcuma Wharf.


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Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish (and snails)

Eating contaminated shellfish can be life threatening!

Closures change frequently throughout the year. It is illegal to harvest shellfish from closed or contaminated areas.

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.

Contact us

Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator

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)
18-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-7 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
18-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 18 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 18 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 18 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 18 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 18 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 18 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 18 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 18 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 18 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 18 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 18 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 18 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 18 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 18 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 18 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 18 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 18 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 18 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 18 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 18 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 18 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.
18 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.


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Crab

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 18 0/0/0 Closed
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 18 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 18 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Other 18 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 18 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Shore 18 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


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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 18 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
Maple Bay Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 125g/week
Burgoyne Bay Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 125g/week
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
Burgoyne Bay Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island
Maple Bay Maple_Bay.png Maple Bay


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Other invertebrates

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 18 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 18 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 18 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 18 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 18 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 18 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 18 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 18 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 18 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 18 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 18 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 18 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open until Oct 31
Squid, All other species 18 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 18 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.
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 200.


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Area closures

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
18-1 Glass Sponge Reef Outer Gulf Islands 1
Outer Gulf Islands 2
Outer Gulf Islands 3
Outer Gulf Islands 4
Rockfish Conservation Area Bell Chain Islets
Mayne Island North
18-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Prevost Island North
18-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Prevost Island North
18-4 Rockfish Conservation Area Bedwell Harbour
18-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Navy Channel
South Saturna
18-6 Rockfish Conservation Area Brethour, Domville, Forrest, Gooch Islands
Coal Island
Portland Island
18-7 Rockfish Conservation Area Burgoyne Bay
Maple Bay
Patey Rock
18-10 Rockfish Conservation Area Russell Island
18-11 Rockfish Conservation Area Bell Chain Islets

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Bedwell Harbour Bedwell_Harbour.png In Subarea 18-4 that portion of Bedwell Harbour that lies northerly of a line: from 48°44.200'N 123°13.900'W Wallace Point to 48°43.950'N 123°12.483'W Tilly Point and southeasterly of a line: from 48°45.250'N 123°14.500'W South Pender Island to 48°44.900'N 123°14.750'W North Pender Island
Bell Chain Islets Bell_Chain_Islets.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 18-11 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.309'N 123°14.775'W Edith Point then to 48°49.500'N 123°09.200'W in water then to 48°48.433'N 123°10.000'W Saturna Island then following the northerly shoreline of Saturna Island to 48°48.827'N 123°11.333'W Winter Point then to 48°48.863'N 123°11.351'W Ralph Grey Point then following the northerly shoreline of Samuel Island to 48°50.000'N 123°14.000'W Grainger Point then to 48°50.797'N 123°14.636'W Campbell Point then to the beginning point.
Brethour, Domville, Forrest, Gooch Islands Brethour,_Domville,_Forrest,_Gooch_Islands.png Those waters of Subareas 18-6 and 19-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°41.650'N 123°19.978'W Imrie Island then to 48°41.088'N 123°17.622'W Arachne Reef Light then following the boundary line between Subarea 18-6 and 19-5 to the intersection with the International Boundary between the United States and Canada, then following the International Boundary in a southerly direction to the intersection with the parallel passing through 48°39.800' north latitude, then to 48°39.738'N 123°16.551'W Tom Point then to 48°38.989'N 123°18.081'W South Cod Reef Buoy then to 48°39.400'N 123°19.645'W Forrest Island then following the northerly shoreline of Forrest Island to 48°39.963'N 123°20.467'W Forrest Island then to 48°40.865'N 123°20.410'W Greig Island Daybeacon then to the beginning point.
Burgoyne Bay Those waters of Subarea 18-7 that lie easterly of a line: from 48°47.263'N 123°33.243'W Bold Bluff Point to 48°48.417'N 123°32.813'W shoreline
Coal Island Coal_Island.png Those waters of Subareas 18-6 and 19-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°41.278'N 123°24.124'W Swartz Head then to 48°41.474'N 123°23.289'W Fir Cone Point Light then following the westerly shoreline of Coal Island to 48°40.753'N 123°22.626'W west of Kamai Point then to 48°40.232'N 123°22.669'W Little Shell Island then to 48°40.047'N 123°23.859'W Armstrong Point then westerly following the shoreline to 48°40.179'N 123°24.273'W Tsehum Harbour Breakwater then to 48°40.478'N 123°23.804'W Curteis Point then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Maple Bay Maple_Bay.png Those waters of Maple Bay in Subarea 18-7 that lie westerly of a line: from 48°49.314'N 123°35.195'W Arbutus Point to 48°48.504'N 123°35.333'W Paddy Mile Stone
Mayne Island North Mayne_Island_North.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°53.163'N 123°19.250'W Cain Point then true north to 48°53.259'N 123°19.250'W Gossip Island then following the easterly shoreline of Gossip Island to 48°53.671'N 123°19.367'W Gossip Island then to 48°53.950'N 123°19.100'W in water then to 48°52.300'N 123°15.200'W in water then true south to 48°51.550'N 123°15.200'W Mayne Island, near Edith Point then northwesterly following the Mayne Island shoreline to 48°52.398'N 123°17.487'W Active Pass Light then to 48°53.099'N 123°18.362'W Gossip Shoals Light and Bell Buoy U47 then to 48°52.778'N 123°18.724'W Rip Point then northwesterly following the shoreline of Galiano Island to the beginning point.
Navy Channel Navy_Channel.png That portion of Subarea 18-5 that lies easterly of a line: from 48°50.000'N 123°19.678'W Dinner Point to 48°49.141'N 123°19.632'W Stanley Point and northwesterly of a line: from 48°48.900'N 123°13.933'W west of St. John Point to 48°48.200'N 123°16.554'W north shore of Hope Bay
Outer Gulf Islands 1 Outer_Gulf_Islands_1.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°54.936'N 123°19.589'W then southerly to 48°54.283'N 123°18.529'W then to 48°54.114'N 123°18.619'W then to 48°54.065'N 123°18.771'W then to 48°54.787'N 123°19.929'W then to 48°54.902'N 123°19.793'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 2 Outer_Gulf_Islands_2.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°52.588'N 123°15.261'W then easterly to 48°52.520'N 123°14.537'W then to 48°51.971'N 123°13.768'W then to 48°51.795'N 123°13.947'W then to 48°52.150'N 123°14.444'W then to 48°52.038'N 123°14.678'W then to 48°52.479'N 123°15.521'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 3 Outer_Gulf_Islands_3.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.602'N 123°13.233'W then southerly to 48°51.309'N 123°12.751'W then to 48°50.913'N 123°12.938'W then to 48°50.844'N 123°13.059'W then to 48°51.163'N 123°13.662'W then to 48°51.579'N 123°13.378'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 4 Outer_Gulf_Islands_4.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°50.999'N 123°12.391'W then southerly to 48°50.608'N 123°11.603'W then to 48°50.097'N 123°10.956'W then to 48°49.959'N 123°11.182'W then to 48°50.857'N 123°12.654'W then to 48°50.959'N 123°12.566'W then to the beginning point.
Patey Rock Patey_Rock.png Those waters of Subarea 18-7 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°42.250'N 123°31.500'W in water then true east to 48°42.250'N 123°30.500'W in water then true south to 48°41.850'N 123°30.500'W in water then true west to 48°41.850'N 123°31.500'W in water then to the beginning point.
Portland Island Portland_Island.png That portion of Subarea 18-6 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°44.100'N 123°22.200'W northern tip of Portland Island then to 48°44.012'N 123°20.404'W Canoe Rock Light then to 48°43.339'N 123°21.045'W Pellow Islets Light Buoy U15 then to 48°42.639'N 123°22.962'W Celia Reef Light Buoy U14 then to 48°43.559'N 123°23.215'W Kanaka Bluff Light then following the northwesterly shoreline of Portland Island to the beginning point.
Prevost Island North Prevost_Island_North.png Those waters of Subareas 17-1, 18-2 and 18-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.000'N 123°25.423'W Athol Peninsula then to 48°51.623'N 123°23.465'W Ben Mohr Light Buoy then to 48°49.949'N 123°21.550'W near Portlock Point then following the northwesterly shoreline of Prevost Island to 48°48.544'N 123°21.940'W Point Liddell then to 48°48.618'N 123°22.902'W Acland Islands Light Buoy then to 48°49.854'N 123°25.033'W Horda Shoals Light Buoy then to 48°50.552'N 123°25.175'W Nose Point Light then following the shoreline of Athol Peninsula to the beginning point.
Russell Island Russell_Island.png Those waters of Subarea 18-10 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°45.220'N 123°23.222'W Eleanor Point then to 48°44.565'N 123°24.558'W Cecil Rock then to 48°45.308'N 123°25.583'W near Jackson Rock then easterly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
South Saturna South_Saturna.png That portion of Subarea 18-5 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°46.842'N 123°04.846'W near Fiddlers Cove then to 48°44.750'N 123°05.000'W in water then to 48°43.462'N 123°09.600'W in water then to 48°44.139'N 123°11.029'W Gowlland Point Light then following the northerly shoreline of South Pender Island to 48°45.330'N 123°12.200'W north of Little Bay then to 48°46.473'N 123°12.154'W Croker Point Light then following the southerly shoreline of Saturna Island to the beginning point.


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