Areas 23 and 123 (Bamfield/Port Alberni)

Salmon Limits, Openings and Closures

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: 2014 and 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.
  • Unless otherwise indicated below, daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, minimum size of 45 cm.

    • Aug. 1 - Sept. 30, 2014: non-retention of chinook salmon in: that portion of Subarea 23-3 from a line between Star Point and a boundary sign near the mouth of Handy Creek, to a line drawn between a boundary sign near Chesnucknuw Creek to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
    • June 30 - Oct. 31, 2014: fishing closed for all finfish in: that portion of Subarea 23-3 (Uchucklesit Inlet) northwest of a line between boundary signs at Brooksby Point and Burrough Point.
    • July 24 - Sept. 30, 2014: fishing closed for all finfish in: that portion of Subarea 23-1 (Port Alberni harbour boundary and lower Somass River) from a line drawn from the boundary signs at 49 degrees 14.19N and 124 degrees 50.23W to the southern tip of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light designating the river channel then to a boundary sign on the opposite shore upstream to boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam.
    • Aug. 1 - Sept. 30, 2014: fishing closed for all finfish in:
      • That portion of Subarea 23-2 (Nahmint Bay) north of a line between a boundary sign near Chesnucknuw Creek west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore and southwest of a line drawn from Hocking Point 127 degrees true to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
      • That portion of Subarea 23-3 north east of a line between a boundary sign at Mutine Point and the Chup Point light to a line drawn between Star Point and a boundary sign near the mouth of Handy Creek.
      • That portion of Subarea 23-4 (Rainy Bay) northeast of a line between a boundary sign at Chup Point and a boundary sign on Seddall Island excluding the channel draining Fatty Basin.
      • That portion of Subarea 23-4 inside a line from a boundary sign on the eastern near the entrance to Poett Nook harbour to San Jose Islets light then to a boundary sign on Vancouver Island 0.3 nautical miles east of the southern tip of Congreve Island.
    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 15, 2014: in waters of Subareas 23-1 to 23-11 not within finfish closures described above: daily limit of 2 chinook, 1 may be greater than 77 cm.
    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 15, 2014:
      • In that portion of Area 123 that lies shoreward of a line drawn approximately one (1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline and south east of a line commencing near Ucluelet at 48 degrees 55.872N and 125 degrees 33.028W heading 220 degrees true until it intersects the conservation corridor boundary approximately 1.0 nautical mile seaward of the surfline: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, maximum length of 77 cm
      • Seaward of the line described above, including all remaining portions of Area 123: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, minimum size limit of 45 cm.

    FN0636 2014-07-16

Coho

  • Map: 2014 and 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.
    • Areas 21 to 27 (inside the surfline) excluding Subarea 27-4: June 27 - December 31, 2014: 4 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Areas 121 to 127 (outside the surfline) and Subarea 27-4:
      • June 27 - Aug. 31, 2014: 2 coho per day, 1 may be unmarked.
      • Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014: 4 coho per day, 1 may be unmarked.

    FN0540 2014-06-26

Sockeye

  • Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet: May 1, 2014 until further notice: 4 sockeye per day except for:

    • 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 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.

    FN0329 2014-04-24

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

Subarea 23-1, all finfish

June 11, 2014 - September 30, 2014: Closed to fishing for all finfish: In that portion of subarea 23-1 in the tidal portion of the Somass River from signs located near the bottom of the rapids directly upstream of Papermill Dam park pool, 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. FN0469 2014-06-12

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.

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