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 19 (Victoria, Sidney)

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Management area 19
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 19-1 to 19-4 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/20 Open
19-5 to 19-12 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/15 Open
Chum Salmon 19 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 19 0/0/0 Non Retention
Pink Salmon 19 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 19 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
Chinook Salmon (Wild) Cadboro Pt to Sombrio Pt Maximum Size (cm) 67 cm
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
Cadboro Pt to Sombrio Pt Cadboro Pt to Sombrio Pt Subareas 19-1 to 19-4, 20-4 to 20-7


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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 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 19 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 19 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 19 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 19 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 19 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 19 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 19 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/6 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 19 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 19 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 19 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 19 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 19 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 19 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 19 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 19 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 19 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 19 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 19 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 19 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Herring 19 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 19 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 19 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 19 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish, All Species Combined Esquimalt Harbour Health Canada Advisory Recommended maximum consumption per week of rockfish muscle: Toddlers (1-4 yrs) 182g (1.5 meals), adults 825g (5 meals)
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
Esquimalt Harbour Subarea 19-2


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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)
19-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-7 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
19-8 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
19-9 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
19-10 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
19-11 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
19-12 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All


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Species regulations

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 19 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 19 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 19 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 19 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 19 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 19 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 19 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 19 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 19 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 19 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 19 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 19 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 19 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 19 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 19 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 19 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 19 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 19 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 19 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 19 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 19 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
Oyster, Pacific 19 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 19 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.


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Saanich Inlet prawn and shrimp fishing closure

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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 19 0/0/0 Closed
Crab, All Species Combined 19 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 19 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 19 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Crab, Other 19 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 19 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Crab, Shore 19 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab Victoria Harbour Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 135g/week
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.
19 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4
Sidney/Cordova Gear Restriction Use 27 cm diametre (or larger) brightly coloured buoys in Sidney and Cordova Channels, an area bounded on the south by a line from Cowichan Head to D"Arcy Shoals to the southernmost point of Sidney Island. The northern boundary extends from a point o
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, Dungeness Esquimalt Harbour Health Canada Advisory Recommended maximum consumption per week of dungeness crab hepatopancreas: Toddlers (1-4 yrs) 24g (1 meal), adults 109g (5 meals)
Esquimalt Harbour Health Canada Advisory Recommended maximum consumption per week of dungeness crab muscle: Toddlers (1-4 yrs) 200g (3 meals), adults 905g (8 meals)
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.
Crab, Red Rock Esquimalt Harbour Health Canada Advisory Recommended maximum consumption per week of red rock crab hepatopancreas: Toddlers (1-4 yrs) 22g (1 meal), adults 102g (4 meals)
Esquimalt Harbour Health Canada Advisory Recommended maximum consumption per week of red rock crab muscle: Toddlers (1-4 yrs) 416g (6 meals), adults 1879g (18 meals)

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Esquimalt Harbour Subarea 19-2
Sidney/Cordova Sidney/Cordova
Victoria Harbour Waters of Victoria Harbour north of a line from Macaulay Point to the navigation light at the western end of the Ogden Point breakwater to a line from Chapman Point southwesterly to the opposite shore


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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
Abalone 19 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 19 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 19 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 19 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 19 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 19 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 19 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 19 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 19 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 19 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 19 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 19 Ring Net, Spear, Traps (Crab) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 19 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 19 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Sea Urchin Esquimalt Harbour Health Canada Advisory Recommended maximum consumption per week of sea urchin row: Toddlers (1-4 yrs) 288g (6 meals), adults 1302g (28 meals)
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.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Esquimalt Harbour Subarea 19-2


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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
19 Area of Interest Race Rocks Area of Interest
19-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Duntze Head (Royal Roads)
Race Rocks
Trial Island
19-4 Rockfish Conservation Area D'Arcy Island to Beaumont Shoal
Discovery - Chatham Islands
Trial Island
19-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Brethour, Domville, Forrest, Gooch Islands
Coal Island
D'Arcy Island to Beaumont Shoal
19-8 Rockfish Conservation Area Brentwood Bay
19-11 Rockfish Conservation Area Mid Finlayson Arm

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Brentwood Bay Brentwood_Bay.png Those waters of Subarea 19-8 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°34.788'N 123°28.220'W Sluggett Point then to 48°34.647'N 123°29.222'W Willis Point then to 48°35.300'N 123°29.500'W in water then to 48°35.900'N 123°29.500'W in water then to 48°35.877'N 123°28.852'W Henderson Point then southerly following the shoreline 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.
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.
D'Arcy Island to Beaumont Shoal D'Arcy_Island_to_Beaumont_Shoal.png Those waters of Subareas 19-4 and 19-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°34.271'N 123°16.687'W D'Arcy Island then to 48°34.325'N 123°16.157'W Little D'Arcy Island then true east to the intersection with the International Boundary between the United States and Canada, then southerly following the International Boundary to the intersection with the parallel passing through 48°24.400' north latitude, then to 48°26.800'N 123°11.500'W in water then to 48°32.400'N 123°14.900'W in water then to 48°32.400'N 123°17.100'W in water then to 48°33.922'N 123°17.100'W D'Arcy Island Light then following the southerly shore of D'Arcy Island to the beginning point.
Discovery - Chatham Islands Discovery-Chatham_Islands.png Those waters of Subarea 19-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°26.875'N 123°14.378'W Fulford Reef North Cardinal Buoy VK then to 48°26.000'N 123°13.700'W in water then to 48°25.400'N 123°13.333'W in water then to 48°25.407'N 123°13.500'W Sea Bird Point then westerly following the northerly shoreline of Discovery Island to 48°25.458'N 123°14.949'W Discovery Island then to 48°25.831'N 123°15.311'W Chatham Islands then to 48°26.100'N 123°15.532'W Chatham Islands then to 48°26.300'N 123°15.700'W Channel Point then to 48°26.550'N 123°15.300'W in water then to the beginning point; and those waters of Rudlin Bay that lie northerly of a line: from 48°25.176'N 123°14.245'W Commodore Point to 48°25.313'N 123°13.641'W Discovery Island
Duntze Head (Royal Roads) Duntze_Head_(Royal_Roads).png Those waters of Subarea 19-3 that lie inside or shoreward of a line that: begins at 48°25.854'N 123°26.375'W Duntze Head then to 48°25.550'N 123°26.500'W in water then to 48°25.150'N 123°25.400'W in water then to 48°25.311'N 123°25.208'W Saxe Point
Mid Finlayson Arm Mid_Finlayson_Arm.png Those waters of Subarea 19-11 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°30.900'N 123°32.145'W east of Christmas Point then true west to 48°30.900'N 123°32.400'W in water then to 48°31.400'N 123°32.400'W in water then to 48°32.000'N 123°32.750'W in water then to 48°32.800'N 123°32.900'W in water then true east to Elbow Point, then following the shoreline in a southerly direction to the beginning point.
Race Rocks Those waters of Subareas 19-3 and 20-5 that lie inside the 40 metre contour line surrounding Great Race Rock and Rosedale Rock as shown on Chart No. 3461, published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service of the Department.
Trial Island Trial_Island.png Those waters of Subareas 19-3 and 19-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°24.600'N 123°18.533'W in water then to 48°24.370'N 123°17.900'W in water then to 48°23.800'N 123°18.050'W in water then true west to 48°23.800'N 123°18.600'W in water then to the beginning point.


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