Areas 21 and 22 (Tzuquanah Point, Nitinat Lake)

Area map

Area maps

Areas 21 and 22: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management Areas 21 and 22
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 21,22 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 21,22 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 21 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
22 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Wild) 21,22 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 21,22 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 21,22 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

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 & Wild Combined) Outer Nitinat Lake Daily Limit Pieces 2
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) Inner Nitinat Daily Limit Pieces 2
Possession Limit Pieces 4
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
Inner Nitinat In Area 22, those waters of Nitinat Lake that lie inside or northeasterly of a line drawn from boundary signs at Windy Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
Outer Nitinat Lake that portion of Area 22 (Nitinat Lake) southwesterly of a line from a boundary sign at Windy Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shoreline


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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 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 21,22 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Eulachon 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 21,22 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, All other species 21,22 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 21,22 0/0/0 Non-retention
Codfish 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Lingcod 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 21,22 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/- Closed
Sablefish 21,22 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 21,22 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 21,22 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 21,22 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 21,22 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Trout (Hatchery) 21,22 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 21,22 0/-/- Non-retention
Wolf Eel 21,22 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non-retention
Yelloweye Rockfish 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Herring 21,22 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 21,22 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.
21,22 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 21,22 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

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)

No closures for this area



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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Blue Mussel 21,22 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Butter Clam 21,22 Hand Digging 25/50/-
California Mussel 21,22 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Clams 21,22 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 21,22 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 21,22 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Horse Clam 21,22 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Littleneck Clam 21,22 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Manila Clam 21,22 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Moon Snail 21,22 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 21,22 0/0/0
Other Snail 21,22 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 21,22 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Pink And Spiny Scallop 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Razor Clam 21,22 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Rock Scallop 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Softshell Clam 21,22 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Varnish Clam 21,22 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Weathervane Scallop 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-


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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. 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 21,22 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 21,22 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.
21,22 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.


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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 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 21,22 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 21,22 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

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 21,22 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
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.


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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 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 21,22 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Giant Barnacles 21,22 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Goose Barnacles 21,22 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 21,22 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Opal Squid 21,22 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open
Other Shellfish species 21,22 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 21,22 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Urchin 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 21,22 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 21,22 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Starfish Sea Star 21,22 Hand Picking 6/12/- 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.
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure Name
21 Rockfish Conservation Area Carmanah
Dare Point
Pachena Point

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
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
Dare Point Dare_Point.png Those waters of Area 21 inside a line that: begins at 48°39.700'N 124°49.181'W near Clo-oose then southerly following the shoreline of Vancouver Island to 48°38.433'N 124°47.767'W Vancouver Island then to 48°38.600' N 124°49.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Pachena Point Pachena_Point.png Those waters of Area 21 and Subarea 121-2 that inside of a line that: begins at 48°43.327'N 125°05.855'W Pachena Point Light then true south to 48°42.800'N 125°05.855'W in water then to 48°40.580'N 124°59.528'W in water then true north to the Vancouver Island shoreline, then northwesterly following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point


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