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

Area map

Area maps

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Salmon

Salmon

You’re responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

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


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Kennedy Cove Closed
Salmon Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 4 The daily limit for all species of Pacific salmon from tidal and fresh waters combined is 4. Individual species limits also apply.
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
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

Other finfish

You’re responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

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


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Kennedy Cove 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 Coastwide Closed Recreational halibut fishing closes coast wide as of midnight September 6. Recreational halibut fishing closes coast wide as of midnight September 6.
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
Bocaccio Rockfish 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
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

Eating contaminated shellfish can be life threatening! Closures change frequently throughout the year. It is illegal to harvest shellfish from closed or contaminated areas.

Bivalve shellfish and snails

Bivalve shellfish have 2 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.

Is it safe to harvest bivalve shellfish now in this location?
  1. Check for contamination in the subarea where you plan to harvest.
  2. If no contamination closures are in effect, check species regulations and additional harvest restrictions.

Questions? Contact Elysha Gordon, Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program Coordinator:

250-756-7192
Elysha.Gordon@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Bivalve shellfish contamination

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 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
24-4 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
24-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-6 Horse Clam;Geoduck
24-7 Horse Clam;Geoduck
24-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-9 Horse Clam;Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Geoduck;Mussels;Oysters
24-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-13 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
24-14 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
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)
Blue Mussel 24 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Butter Clam 24 Hand Digging 25/50/-
California Mussel 24 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Clams 24,124 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 24,124 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 24 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Horse Clam 24 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Littleneck Clam 24 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Manila Clam 24 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Moon Snail 24,124 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 24,124 0/0/0
Other Snail 24,124 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 24,124 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Pink And Spiny Scallop 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Razor Clam 24 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Rock Scallop 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Softshell Clam 24 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Varnish Clam 24 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Weathervane Scallop 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-


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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. 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 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 24,124 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
Pacific Oyster 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. 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

You’re responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Alaska King Crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 24,124 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 24,124 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction Rot Cord All crab traps must have a section in the top or sidewall that has been secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 (approximately 5 mm or 3/16 inch diameter). This twine is often referred to as rot cord. On deterioration this must produce a rectangular opening with a minimum size of 7 cm x 20 cm, or a square opening with a minimum size of 11 cm x 11 cm. This regulation is intended to ensure that if the trap is lost, the section secured by the cord will rot, allowing captive crabs to escape, and preventing the trap from continuing to fish. On traps with a rigid frame and a freely opening hinged lid the trap lid must be secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 so that the trap lid will open freely when the rot cord is broken. No other fastenings may impede the hinged lid of the trap from opening.
Coastwide Gear Restriction Gear Permitted Maximum of 2 ring nets, dip nets or traps or combination of these per fisher. Ensure gear is properly marked. Hand picking is permitted including by diving. No sharp-pointed instruments are permitted for harvesting crab. It is illegal to use snares in catching or attempting to catch crabs.
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.
Dungeness Crab 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
Red Rock Crab 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

You’re responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules
  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the Species regulations table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 24,124 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Giant Barnacles 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Goose Barnacles 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
Opal Squid 24,124 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- 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 Urchin 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 24,124 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 24,124 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Starfish Sea Star 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- 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.
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

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
124-1 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents
124-2 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents
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
Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents Offshore_Pacific_Seamounts_and_Vents.jpeg The waters in Subareas 123-9, 124-1, 124-2, 125-6, 126-3, 126-4, 127-2, 127-4, and 130-1 inside an area bounded by a series of rhumb lines that: begin at, 46°48'50"N 129°43'49"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 125-6] then to, 46°57'56"N 129°35'21"W then to, 47°20'47"N 129°35'07"W then to, 47°58'28"N 129°20'36"W then to, 47°38'29"N 130°11'09"W then to, 47°55'46"N 130°40'55"W then to, 48°27'07"N 130°28'55"W then to, 49°04'14"N 131°23'35"W then to, 48°46'44"N 132°28'38"W then to, 49°11'35"N 132°52'15"W then to, 49°33'55"N 133°09'51"W then to, 49°31'16"N 133°47'59"W then to, 49°57'44"N 134°03'07"W then to, 50°05'02"N 133°40'17"W then to, 50°06'40"N 133°27'16"W then to, 50°05'04"N 131°55'58"W then to, 50°26'52"N 132°00'12"W then to, 50°38'19"N 131°20'40"W then to, 51°03'52"N 130°30'22"W then to, 50°46'07"N 130°04'35"W then to, 50°24'19"N 130°00'37"W then to, 50°13'53"N 129°30'03"W then to, 49°37'42"N 129°58'56"W then to, 48°39'08"N 128°24'12"W then to, 47°38'10"N 127°08'52"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 123-9] then following the EEZ* to 47°10'18"N 128°02'44"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 124-1] then to, 47°46'08"N 128°44'28"W then to, 47°46'26"N 128°44'50"W then to, 47°03'55"N 129°01'51"W then to, 46°42'15"N 129°01'06"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 124-2] then following the EEZ* back to the point of commencement. *ZEE: la limite de la Zone Èconomique Exclusive [Fermeture des zones de pêche des monts sous-marins et des évents hydrothermaux du Pacifique]
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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