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

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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 24,124 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open
Chum Salmon 24,124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 24-2,124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
Coho Salmon (Wild) 24-2,124 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention until Dec 31
Pink Salmon 24,124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 24,124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Inner Clayoquot Closed
Kennedy Cove 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
Clayoquot Chinook Closures Non Retention
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
Clayoquot Chinook Closures - that portion of Subarea 24-6 southerly of a line commencing at Kutcous Point (49 degrees 14.961N, and 126 degrees 04.817'W) on Flores Island to 49 degrees 14.637' N, and 126 degrees 00.825'W on Vancouver Island near the Chetarpe I.R - that portion of 24-8 shoreward of a line drawn from Cox Point to the Lennard Island light, to Echachis Island to Wickaninnish Island to Moser Point - that portion of Subarea 24-9 westerly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point (49 degrees 08.069'N, and 125 degrees 51.169'W) on Meares Island to 49 degrees 07.483'N, and 125 degrees 51.811'W on Vancouver Island, and westerly of a line commencing at Auseth Point continuing true south to the Vancouver Island shoreline. - that portion of Subarea 24-10 outside or southwest of a line between boundary signs at the entrance to the Warn Bay. - that portion of Subarea 24-11 outside or west a line between boundary signs approximately half way inside Grice Bay to the head of Grice Bay.
Inner Clayoquot Subareas 24-1 to 24-5, 24-7 and 24-12 to 24-14.
Kennedy Cove that portion of 24-12, those waters of Kennedy Cove inside or northwesterly of a line between two fishing boundary signs on the outer southwest corner and the outer northeast corner of the cove.


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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 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 24,124 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 24,124 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 24,124 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 24,124 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/6 Open until Dec 31
Lingcod 24,124 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Perch 24,124 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Rockfish, Yelloweye 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open until Nov 15
Sablefish 24,124 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 24,124 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 24,124 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 24,124 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 24,124 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 24,124 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 24,124 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 24,124 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Kennedy Cove Closed
Inner Clayoquot Closed
Herring 24,124 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 24,124 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 24,124 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 24,124 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
Inner Clayoquot Subareas 24-1 to 24-5, 24-7 and 24-12 to 24-14.
Kennedy Cove that portion of 24-12, those waters of Kennedy Cove inside or northwesterly of a line between two fishing boundary signs on the outer southwest corner and the outer northeast corner of the cove.


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Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish (and snails)

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.

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)
24-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-7 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
24-8 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
24-9 Clam, Horse;Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Geoduck;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
24-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 24 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 24 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 24 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 24 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 24 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 24 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 24 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 24,124 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 24,124 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 24 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 24 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 24 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 24,124 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 24,124 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 24,124 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 24,124 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.
Clams, All 24,124 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, All 24,124 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.
24,124 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.


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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 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 24,124 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Other 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 24,124 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Shore 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


2017-07-27 18:30:32

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 24,124 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

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 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 24,124 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 24,124 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 24,124 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 24,124 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 24,124 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open
Squid, All other species 24,124 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 24,124 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
24-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
24-6 Rockfish Conservation Area Vargas Island to Dunlap Island
24-7 Rockfish Conservation Area Bedwell Sound
Saranac Island
124-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
124-4 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Bedwell Sound Bedwell_Sound.png Those waters of Bedwell Sound in Subarea 24-7 that lie southerly of the parallel passing through 49°20.000' north latitude and northerly of the parallel passing through 49°15.600' north latitude
Estevan Point Estevan_Point.png Those portions of Subareas 24-1, 124-3, 124-4, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-5 that lie inside of a line that: begins at 49°23.526'N 126°27.818'W north of Matlahaw Point then to 49°19.500'N 126°23.900'W in water then to 49°17.000'N 126°31.200'W in water then to 49°22.100'N 126°44.700'W in water then to 49°25.067'N 126°34.598'W Hesquiat Peninsula then following the southerly shore of Hesquiat Peninsula to the beginning point
Saranac Island Saranac_Island.png In Subarea 24-7, those waters that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°15.500'N 125°55.621'W north of Hecate Bay then to 49°15.500'N 125°52.021'W Vancouver Island then easterly following the shoreline to the intersection with the meridian passing through 125°51.450' west longitude, then true south to the intersection with the shoreline of Meares Island, then westerly following the shoreline of Meares Island To 49°14.100'N 125°53.926'W north of Ritchie Bay then to 49°14.725'N 125°56.182'W Kraan Head then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Vargas Island to Dunlap Island Vargas_Island_to_Dunlap_Island.png That portion of Subarea 24-6 that lies inside a line that:begins at 49°13.560'N 125°57.887'W in water then through Morfee Island to 49°13.300'N 125°56.750'W Dunlap Island then following the westerly shoreline of Dunlap Island to 49°12.941'N 125°56.373'W Dunlap Island then to 49°12.100'N 125°57.048'W Vargas Island then westerly following the shoreline of Vargas Island to 49°12.600'N 125°58.132'W Vargas Island then to the beginning point


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