Areas 23 and 123 (Bamfield, Port Alberni)

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Salmon

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

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 23,123 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open
Chum Salmon 23,123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 23 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
23-1 to 23-3 30cm 4/8/- Open until Dec 31
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open until Dec 31
Coho Salmon (Wild) 123 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention until Dec 31
Pink Salmon 23,123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 23 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Uchucklesit Inlet Closed
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
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
Uchucklesit Inlet That portion of Subarea 23-3 (Uchucklesit Inlet) northwest of a line between boundary signs at Brooksby Point and Burrough Point.


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Other finfish

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

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 23,123 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 23,123 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 23,123 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 23,123 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 23,123 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 23,123 0/0/0 Closed
Lingcod 23,123 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Perch 23,123 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Rockfish, Yelloweye 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open until Nov 15
Sablefish 23,123 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 23,123 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 23,123 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 23,123 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 23,123 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 23,123 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 23,123 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 23,123 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 23,123 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Uchucklesit Inlet Closed
Herring 23,123 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 23,123 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.
23,123 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.
Halibut 23,123 Reminder Electronic licence restriction for non-residents: Only a Canadian resident may fish for halibut under an electronic licence in Areas 121, 23 and 123. Non-residents wishing to fish and retain halibut in Areas 121, 23 and 123, must obtain their licence from a licence vendor in Canada (Independent Access Provider).
Perch 23,123 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
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
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) Coastwide Reminder trout means brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, lake trout, rainbow trout or steelhead.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Uchucklesit Inlet That portion of Subarea 23-3 (Uchucklesit Inlet) northwest of a line between boundary signs at Brooksby Point and Burrough Point.


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Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish (and snails)

Eating contaminated shellfish can be life threatening!

Closures change frequently throughout the year. It is illegal to harvest shellfish from closed or contaminated areas.

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.

Contact us

Elysha Gordon
Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP) Coordinator

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)
23-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-6
  • 23-6.B: Closed to All Bivalve Species
  • 23-6.A: Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 23 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 23 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 23 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 23 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 23 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 23 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 23 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 23,123 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 23,123 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 23 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 23 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 23 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 23,123 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 23,123 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 23,123 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 23,123 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.
Toquart River Flats Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Kookswiis (Sarita River) Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Northeast Numukamis Bay Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Meade Islets Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Geer Islets Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Effingham Inlet West Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Coeur d'Alene Creek Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Maggie River Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Clam, Butter Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 0
Clam, Horse Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Possession Limit Pieces 24
Clam, Littleneck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24
Clam, Manila Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24
Clam, Razor Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 8
Clams, All 23,123 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.
Clams, All Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24
Geoduck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 3
Mussel, Blue Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussel, California Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussels, All 23,123 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
Oyster, Pacific 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.
23,123 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.
Snail, Moon 23,123 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Coeur d'Alene Creek Coeur_d'Alene_Creek.pdf That portion of Effingham Inlet in Subarea 23-6 at the mouth of Coeur d'Alene Creek, east of a line beginning at 49°02.930' N and 125°08.302' W, then following the low water mark to 49°02.659' N and 125°08.618' W and west of a line from drawn from 49°02.758' N and 125°08.272' W due south to the opposite shoreline.
Effingham Inlet West Effingham_Inlet_West.pdf That portion of Effingham Inlet in Subarea 23-6 west of a line beginning at 49°03.043' N and 125°09.768' W then following the low water mark to 49°02.895' N and 125°09.944' W
Geer Islets Geer_Islets.pdf That portion of Subarea 23-5 surrounding the Geer Islets inside a line that starts at 48°55.828' N and 125°06.707' W, then south following the low water mark to 48°55.673' N and 125°06.672' W, then north following the low water mark to the point of commencement, including the intertidal zone between the north and south islets
Kookswiis (Sarita River) Kookswiis_(Sarita_River).pdf That portion of Numukamis Bay in Subarea 23-4 at the mouth of the Sarita River (Kookswiis) inside a line that starts at 48°54.434' N and 125°00.652' W, then following the low water mark to 48°53.731' N and 125°01.278' W, then following the eastern shoreline of Santa Maria Island to 48°53.529' N and 125°01.565' W, then straight across the channel to 48°53.486' N and 125°01.486' W and bounded on the east by a line that starts at 48°54.187' N and 125°00.540' W, then to 48°54.148' N and 125°00.612' W, then to 48°54.086' N and 125°00.632' W, then to 48°54.064' N and 125°00.592' W, then to 48°54.030' N and 125°00.599' W, and then to 48°53.786' N and 125°01.034' W
Maggie River Maggie_River.png That portion of Subarea 23-10 near the mouth of the Maggie River bounded on the east by a line running due south from 49°00.301' N and 125°21.956' W to the low water mark then following the low water mark to the southern boundary and bounded on the south by a line running due east from 48°59.305' N, 125°23.155' W to the low water mark.
Meade Islets Meade_Islets.pdf That portion of Subarea 23-5 surrounding the Meade Islets inside a line that starts at 48°55.650'N and 125°07.290' W then south following the low water mark to 48°55.423' N and 125°07.507' W then north following the low water mark to the point of commencement, including the intertidal zone between the east and west islets.
Northeast Numukamis Bay Northeast_Numukamis_Bay.pdf That portion of northeast Numukamis Bay in Subarea 23-4 at the mouth of Carnation Creek, east of a line that starts at 48°54.920' N and 125°00.423' W then following the low water mark to 48°54.722' N and 125°00.468' W
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific Rim National Park
Toquart River Flats Toquart_River_Flats.png That portion of Toquart Bay in Subarea 23-10 bounded on the east by a straight line drawn from 49°02.363' N and 125°20.836' W to 49°02.321' N and 125°20.767' W, then to 49°02.250' N and 125°20.788' W, then 200° true to the low water mark, then following the low water mark to the southern boundary bounded on the south by a straight line running due east from 49°01.513' N and 125°21.811' W to the low water mark and bounded on the northwest by a line drawn from 49°02.318' N and 125°21.438' W to 49°02.305' N and 125°21.468' W, then straight to 49°02.235' N and 125°21.468' W and then straight to 49°02.199' N and 125°21.553' W


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Crab

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

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Crab, Alaska King 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 23,123 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Other 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 23,123 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Shore 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction
Coastwide Gear Restriction
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 23,123 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
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, 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.


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Other invertebrates

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

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 23,123 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 23,123 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 23,123 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 23,123 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 23,123 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 23,123 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 23,123 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 23,123 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 23,123 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open until Oct 31
Squid, All other species 23,123 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 23,123 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- 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.


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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
23-1 Area of Interest Upper Alberni Harbour / Hoik Island / Somass
23-7 Rockfish Conservation Area Folger Passage
23-8 Rockfish Conservation Area Broken Islands Group
Folger Passage
123-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Folger Passage

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Broken Islands Group Broken_Islands_Group.png That portion of Subarea 23-8 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°55.329'N 125°19.300'W eastern tip of Dodd Island then to 48°55.767'N 125°17.600'W northwest tip of Jarvis Island then to 48°56.533'N 125°16.537'W western tip of Prideaux Island then follows the southerly shoreline to 48°56.400' N 125°15.867'W eastern tip of Prideaux Island then true east to 48°56.300'N 125°15.600'W northwest tip of Nettle Island then follows the southerly shoreline to 48°55.463'N 125°15.200'W southern tip of Nettle Island then true south to 48°55.056'N 125°15.200'W Gibraltar Island then follows the westerly shoreline to 48°54.767'N 125°15.767'W southwestern tip of Gibraltar Island then true south to 48°54.400'N 125°15.767'W Dempster Island then follows the easterly shoreline to 48°54.275'N 125°15.833'W southeastern tip of Dempster Island then to 48°53.500'N 125°16.600'W in water then to 48°52.853'N 125°18.600'W northwestern tip of Effingham Island then follows the westerly shoreline to 48°52.000'N 125°19.000'W southwestern tip of Effingham Island then true south to 48°51.900'N 125°19.000'W Austin Island t hen to 48°51.300'N 125°20.283'W southeastern tip of Howell Island then follows the northerly shoreline to 48°51.733'N 125°20.817'W western tip of Howell Island then true west to 48°51.733'N 125°21.186'W Wouwer Island then follows the northerly shoreline to 48°51.850'N 125°22.100'W western tip of Wouwer Island then to 48°52.833'N 125°22.622'W eastern tip of Benson Island then to 48°53.317'N 125°22.376'W eastern tip of Clarke Island then true north through Owens Island to 48°54.243'N 125°22.376'W southern tip of Lovett Island then follows the easterly shoreline to 48°54.472'N 125°22.400'W northern tip of Lovett Island then to 48°55.400'N 125°20.650'W western tip of Dodds Island then follows the southerly shoreline to the beginning point
Folger Passage Folger_Passage.png Those waters of Subareas 23-7, 23-8 and 123-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°50.800'N 125°18.900'W in water then to 48°48.500'N 125°14.900'W in water then to 48°47.400'N 125°16.300'W in water then to 48°49.800'N 125°20.300'W in water then to the beginning point.
Upper Alberni Harbour / Hoik Island / Somass Upper Alberni Harbour / Hoik Island / Somass


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