Area 20 (Sooke, Port Renfrew)

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Management Area 20
Salmon

Salmon

You're responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 20-1 to 20-4 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open (See Restrictions)
20-5 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/20 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 20 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 20 -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 20 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 20 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Salmon Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 4 The daily limit for all species of Pacific salmon from tidal and fresh waters combined is 4. Individual species limits also apply.
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

Other finfish

You're responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 20 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Eulachon 20 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 20 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, All other species 20 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 20 0/0/0 Non-retention
Codfish 20 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 20 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 20 0/0/0 Closed
Lingcod 20-1 to 20-4 0/0/0 Closed
20-5 to 20-7 0/0/10 Closed until Apr 30
Perch 20 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 20-1 to 20-4 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/- Closed
20-5 to 20-7 0/0/0 Closed until Apr 30
Sablefish 20 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 20 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 20 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 20 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 20 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 20 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Trout (Hatchery) 20 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 20 0/-/- Non-retention
Wolf Eel 20 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non-retention
Yelloweye Rockfish 20-1 to 20-4 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/- Open


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Herring 20 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 20 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. Recreational halibut fishing closes coast wide as of midnight September 6.
20 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 20 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Bocaccio Rockfish 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.


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Bivalve shellfish

Eating contaminated shellfish can be life threatening! Closures change frequently throughout the year. It is illegal to harvest shellfish from closed or contaminated areas.

Bivalve shellfish and snails

Bivalve shellfish have 2 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.

Is it safe to harvest bivalve shellfish now in this location?
  1. Check for contamination in the subarea where you plan to harvest.
  2. If no contamination closures are in effect, check species regulations and additional harvest restrictions.

Questions? Contact Elysha Gordon, Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program Coordinator:

250-756-7192
Elysha.Gordon@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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)
20-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
20-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
20-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
20-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
20-5 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
20-6 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
20-7 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Blue Mussel 20 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Butter Clam 20 Hand Digging 25/50/-
California Mussel 20 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Clams 20 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 20 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 20 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Horse Clam 20 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Littleneck Clam 20 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Manila Clam 20 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Moon Snail 20 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 20 0/0/0
Other Snail 20 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 20 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Pink And Spiny Scallop 20 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Razor Clam 20 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Rock Scallop 20 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Softshell Clam 20 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Varnish Clam 20 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Weathervane Scallop 20 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

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. 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.
Botanical Beach Closed
Clams 20 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 20 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
Pacific Oyster 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.
20 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. 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
Botanical Beach Waters of Botanical Beach between the lowest tide level and the highest tide level, between a fishing boundary sign 1,500 m northeast of San Juan Point, following the shoreline southeasterly to a fishing boundary sign 250 m west of the mouth of Tom Baird Creek.


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Crab

Crab

You're responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Alaska King Crab 20 0/0/0 Closed
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 20 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 20 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 20 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 20 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 20 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction Rot Cord 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.
Coastwide Gear Restriction Gear Permitted Maximum of 2 ring nets, dip nets or traps or combination of these per fisher. Ensure gear is properly marked. Hand picking is permitted including by diving. No sharp-pointed instruments are permitted for harvesting crab. It is illegal to use snares in catching or attempting to catch crabs.
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 20 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
Botanical Beach Closed
Dungeness Crab 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
Red Rock Crab 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
Botanical Beach Waters of Botanical Beach between the lowest tide level and the highest tide level, between a fishing boundary sign 1,500 m northeast of San Juan Point, following the shoreline southeasterly to a fishing boundary sign 250 m west of the mouth of Tom Baird Creek.


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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

You're responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

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


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Other Invertebrates Botanical Beach Closed
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.
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Botanical Beach Waters of Botanical Beach between the lowest tide level and the highest tide level, between a fishing boundary sign 1,500 m northeast of San Juan Point, following the shoreline southeasterly to a fishing boundary sign 250 m west of the mouth of Tom Baird Creek.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure Name
20 Area of Interest Race Rocks Area of Interest
20-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Carmanah
20-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Becher Bay East
Bentinck Island
Race Rocks
Sooke Bay
20-6 Rockfish Conservation Area Sooke Bay

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Becher Bay East Becher_Bay_East.png Those waters of Subarea 20-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°18.900'N 123°35.433'W north of Church Point then to 48°18.746'N 123°36.267'W South Bedford Island then to 48°18.967'N 123°36.467'W Bedford Island then to 48°19.563'N 123°36.373'W Frazer Island then following the easterly shoreline of Frazer Island to 48°19.700'N 123°36.267'W Frazer Island then to 48°19.633'N 123°35.681'W Vancouver Island then southerly following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point.
Bentinck Island Bentinck_Island.png Those waters of Eemdyk Passage in Subarea 20-5 that lie westerly of the meridian passing through 123°32.450' west longitude and northerly of a line: from 48°18.692'N 123°33.486'W to 48°18.640'N 123°32.916'W
Carmanah Those waters of Subarea 20-1, Area 21, Subarea 121-1 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°37.350'N 124°45.847'W Vancouver Island then to 48°37.000'N 124°46.800'W in water then to 48°34.500'N 124°41.500'W in water then to 48°35.100'N 124°40.774'W Vancouver Island then following the Vancouver Island shoreline 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.
Sooke Bay Sooke_Bay.png Those waters of Subareas 20-5 and 20-6 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°21.800'N 123°47.967'W Vancouver Island then following the shoreline in an easterly direction to 48°21.237'N 123°44.056'W Parsons Point then true south to 48°20.900'N 123°44.056'W in water then to 48°21.200'N 123°45.500'W in water then to 48°21.900'N 123°45.900'W in water then to 48°21.600'N 123°47.800'W in water then to the beginning point.


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