Areas 23 and 123 (Bamfield/Port Alberni)

Salmon Limits, Openings and Closures

  • Combined daily limit for all salmon species from all waters: 4
  • Coastwide daily limit for chinook: 2

Salmon Limits, Openings & Closures
Species Min Size Daily Limit Possession Limit Annual Limit Season Gear
Chinook
Additional info
45 cm 2 4 30 April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Note restriction
Chum 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Note restriction
Hatchery Coho
(Marked)
30 cm See below for in-season decisions. June 1 - December 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Note restriction
Wild Coho 30 cm See below for in-season decisions. June 1 - December 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Note restriction
Pink 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Note restriction
Sockeye 30 cm See below for in-season decisions. April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Note restriction

Gear Restriction:

  • Only one single-pointed barbless hook may be used all year in that portion of Subarea 23-1, northerly of a line from a fishing boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19’ N, 124°50.23’ W then through the southernmost point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River then due east to a fishing boundary sign on the opposite shore to the tidal water boundary sign at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River.

Chinook

  • Map: 2015 chinook openings for Areas 23 and 123, Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • Subareas 23-1 and 23-2, Alberni Inlet: Those portions of Alberni Inlet south of a line drawn from the boundary sign at 49 degrees 14.190N and 124 degrees 50.230W to the southern tip of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River, then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore, and north of a line drawn from Hocking Point 127 degrees true to a boundary sign on the opposite shore: Until further notice: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon per day, minimum size limit of 45 cm.

    FN0918 2014-08-29

Coho

  • Map: 2015 coho openings for Areas 23 and 123, Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
    • Area 23 - shoreward of the surfline: Until Dec. 31, 2015: daily limit of 4 coho, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Area 123 - seaward of the surfline:
      • June 1 - Aug. 31, 2015: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked only.
      • Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015: daily limit of 4 coho, hatchery marked only.

    FN0635 2015-07-08

Sockeye

  • Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the tidal portion of the Somass River: May 1, 2015 until further notice:

    • 4 sockeye per day in that portion of subareas 23-1 to 23-11 from the surfline (Cape Beale to Amphitrite Point) shoreward to a line in Alberni Harbour near the mouth of the Somass River beginning at a boundary sign located at 49 degrees 14.190 north latitude and 124 degrees 50.230 west longitude then through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
    • 2 sockeye per day in that portion of subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a line located at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49 degrees 14.190 north latitude and 124 degrees 50.230 west longitude then through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
      Except for:
      the closed area known as Paper Mill Dam Pool which is closed to all angling. This area includes that portion of the Somass River from signs located near the bottom of the rapids immediately north of Papermill Dam Pool, then downstream to boundary signs located on both sides of the Somass River approximately 60 metres downstream from the northern tip of the unnamed island directly below Paper Mill Dam Pool.

    FN0380 2015-05-01

All finfish, including salmon

Subarea 23-1 - Somass River

  • June 29, 2015 until further notice: closure to all fishing in that portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19 north latitude and 124°50.23 west longitude thence through the southernmost point of Hoik Island thence to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River thence due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore. 
    FN0603 2015-06-26
    FN0604 2015-06-29

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

For finfish limits, check the species and limits table

Gear restriction in Subarea 23-1 all year: Only a single-pointed barbless hook allowed in the waters of Port Alberni Harbour and the Lower Somass River northerly of a line from Harbour Quay to a boundary marker on the opposite shore.

Halibut

Shellfish

Prawn an shrimp: Closure and opening dates.

Area 123 closed to the harvest of all bivalve shellfish.

The following Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Areas are set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only:

  • Toquart Bay:
    • Toquart River Flats - Map pdf
    • Maggie River - Map pdf
  • Effingham Inlet:  
    • Effingham Inlet West - Map pdf
    • Coeur d’Alene Creek - Map pdf
  • Tzartus Island:  
    • Geer Islets - Map pdf 
    • Meade Islets - Map pdf
  • Sarita River:  
    • Northeast Numukamis Bay - Map pdf 
    • Kookswiis (Sarita River) - Map pdf
  • Co-ordinates for the Maa-nulth harvest areas

Due to sanitary contamination concerns, there is no harvesting of bivalve shellfish in:

  • Bamfield Inlet
  • Cigarette Cove
  • Crawford Creek
  • Grappler Inlet
  • Julia Passage
  • River Point
  • Roquefeuil Bay
  • Toquart Bay
  • Ucluelet Inlet
  • the area between Fatty Basin and Useless Inlet
  • Useless Inlet
  • May 31 to September 30: Poett Nook and Entrance Inlet.

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Note: From June to October, Alberni Inlet north of Uchucklesit Inlet is congested with commercial, aboriginal and recreational fishing vessels. In addition other large commercial ships and tugboat traffic are present. Please travel with care and follow safe rules of navigation when fishing or transiting in Area 23.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve closed to scuba and skin diving for all species, all year. Includes all tidal waters within the park. Reduced shellfish daily and possession limits are also in effect in Pacific Rim National Park. Please refer to the BC-wide shellfish limits table for more information.

Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents - Marine Protected Area: No fishing with trap gear or any gear contacting the ocean floor.

Nighttime closure for all finfish 11 PM to 5 AM:

  • Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour then through the southern most point of Hoik Island thence to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River the east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.

June 30 to October 31 closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • Uchucklesit Inlet northwest of a line drawn between Brooksby Point and Burrough Point.

July 24 to September 30 closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • That portion of Subarea 23-1 south of square, white fishing boundary sign at the tidal limit of the Somass River near the Paper Mill Dam and north of a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated then through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore
  • A single barbless hook restriction applies to this area throughout the remainder of the year.

 August 1 to September 30 closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • Subarea 23-2: Those waters of Alberni Inlet bounded on the north by line drawn 66° true from Hocking Point to a square white fishing boundary sign on the eastern shore of Alberni Inlet, and on the south by a line from a square white fishing boundary sign at Chesnucknuw Creek to a square white fishing boundary sign on the western shore of Alberni Inlet
  • Subarea 23-3: Those portions of 23-3 bounded on the south by a line from a boundary sign on Vancouver Island on Mutine Pt. to the Chup Pt. Navigation Light and on the north by a line from Star Point to a boundary sign at the mouth of Handy Creek
  • Subarea 23-4: In Subarea 23-4 that portion of Rainy Bay inside a line commencing at a boundary sign on Seddall Island, south of Ecoole, to a boundary sign on Chup Point
  • Subarea 23-4: Inside a line from a square white fishing boundary sign near the entrance to Poett Nook, thence to San Jose Islets, thence to the boundary sign on Vancouver Island easterly of the south end of Congreve Island

Rockfish Conservation Areas

RCAs are closed to all recreational fishing except:

  • invertebrates by hand picking or dive
  • crab by trap
  • shrimp/prawn by trap
  • smelt by gillnet