Areas 24 and 124 (Tofino and Meares/Vargas/Flores Islands)

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
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Chum 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line

Hatchery Coho
(Marked)
30 cm 2 4 N/A June 1 - December 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Wild Coho 30 cm See below for in-season decisions. June 1 - December 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Pink 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Sockeye 30 cm See below for in-season decisions April 1 - March 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line

No retention of any salmon August 1 to December 31 and no retention of coho salmon all year:

  • Waters of Hesquiat Harbour from Hesquiat Point to Matlahaw Point (24-1)
  • Sydney Inlet: That portion of Subarea 24-2 northerly of a line commencing at Starling Pt. continuing true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet
  • the portion of Subarea 24-3 southwesterly of a line commencing at 49°24.640’ N, 126° 08.646’ W on Vancouver Island to 49°24.562’ N, 126°07.480’ W on Obstruction Island
  • Miller Channel: That portion of Subarea 24-4 northerly of a line commencing on Flores Island at 49 18.005 N, 126 04.141 W then to 49 18.250 N, 126 03.132 W on McKay Island then following the McKay Island shoreline to 49 18.404 N, 126 01.939 W then to 49 19.279 N, 126 01.399 W on Vancouver Island
  • Bedwell Sound (24-7)
  • Subarea 24-10 northwest of boundary signs on opposite sides of the entrance to Warn Bay
  • Subarea 24-11, southerly of a line between boundary signs approximately halfway to the head of Grice Bay
  • Subarea 24-12: Tofino Inlet, Gunner Inlet, Tranquil Inlet

Chinook

Coho

  • Map: 2013 and 2014 coho openings for Areas 24 and 124, Clayoquot and offshore areas
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • No retention of coho salmon all year:
    • Waters of Hesquiat Harbour from Hesquiat Point to Matlahaw Point (24-1)
    • Sydney Inlet: That portion of Subarea 24-2 northerly of a line commencing at Starling Pt. continuing true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet
    • the portion of Subarea 24-3 southwesterly of a line commencing at 49°24.640’ N, 126° 08.646’ W on Vancouver Island to 49°24.562’ N, 126°07.480’ W on Obstruction Island
    • Miller Channel: That portion of Subarea 24-4 northerly of a line commencing on Flores Island at 49 18.005 N, 126 04.141 W then to 49 18.250 N, 126 03.132 W on McKay Island then following the McKay Island shoreline to 49 18.404 N, 126 01.939 W then to 49 19.279 N, 126 01.399 W on Vancouver Island
    • Bedwell Sound (24-7)
    • Subarea 24-10 northwest of boundary signs on opposite sides of the entrance to Warn Bay
    • Subarea 24-11, southerly of a line between boundary signs approximately halfway to the head of Grice Bay
    • Subarea 24-12: Tofino Inlet, Gunner Inlet, Tranquil Inlet
  • Subareas 24-3, 24-5, 24-13, 24-14: closed all year to coho retention. FN0443 2013-05-31
  • Area 24 shoreward of a line: Subareas 24-6, 24-8, a portion of 24-9 westerly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point on Meares Island to a point on the Vancouver Island shoreline on the opposite shore of Browning Passage at 49°07.48’Nand 125°51.81’Wand a portion of Subarea 24-10 seaward of a line from boundary signs on either side of the entrance to Warn Bay and a portion of Subarea 24-11 seaward of a line boundary signs on Vancouver Island on either side of Grice Bay approximately half way between the entrance and the head of the Bay:
    • September 1 - December 31, 2013: four coho, two may be wild (unmarked). FN0443 2013-05-31
  • Area 124 and Area 24 seaward of a line: Area 124 and that portion of Subarea 24-2 seaward of a line from Starling Point true west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet at 49°23.649’N and 126°15.734’W:
    • June 1 - August 31, 2013: two hatchery marked coho.
    • September 1 - December 31, 2013 : four hatchery marked coho. FN0443 2013-05-31

Sockeye

  • Areas 11 to 21, 24 to 28, 121, 123 to 127 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-10: Effective 23:59 August 15, 2013 until further notice: no fishing for sockeye salmon. FN0741 2013-08-15

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

For finfish limits, check the species and limits table

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates

Shellfish

Area 124 closed to the harvest of all bivalve shellfish.

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

  • Ahousaht Fuel Dock
  • Atleo River
  • Big Whitepine Cove
  • Duffin Passage
  • Hot Springs Cove
  • portion of Warn Bay
  • Van Nevel Channel

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve closed to scuba and skin diving for all species, all year. Includes all tidal waters within the park.

Kennedy Cove is closed to fishing for all finfish, all year.

  • Includes inside a line between fishing boundary signs on the outer southwest corner and the outer northeast corner of the Cove.

August 01 to October 31 the following locations are closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • That portion of Subarea 24-4 southerly of a line commencing on Flores Island at 49°18.005’ N, 126°04.141’ W then to 49°18.250’ N, 126°03.132’ W on McKay Island then following the McKay Island shoreline to 49°18.404’ N, 126°01.939’ W then to 49°19.279’ N, 126° 01.399’ W on Vancouver Island.
  • Subarea 24-5
  • That portion of Subarea 24-6 northerly of a line commencing at Kutcous Point (49°14.961’ N, 126°04.817’ W) on Flores Island to 49°14.637’ N, 126°00.825’ W on Vancouver Island near the Chetarpe I.R
  • That portion of Subarea 24-9 easterly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point (49°08.069’ N, 125°51.169’ W) on Meares Island to 49°07.483’ N, 125°51.811’ W on Vancouver Island to the Subarea boundary at Auseth Point
  • Subarea 24-13 and that portion of Subarea 24-3 northerly of a line commencing at 49°24.640’ N, 126°08.646’ W on Vancouver Island to 49°24.562’ N, 126°07.480’ W on Obstruction Island then to the Subarea boundary (commencing at 49°25.419’ N, 126°07.347’ W on Vancouver Island to 49°24.990’ N, 126°06.655’ W on Obstruction 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