Areas 25 and 125 (Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet)

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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 25,125 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open
Chum Salmon 25,125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 25 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
Coho Salmon (Wild) 125 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention until Dec 31
Pink Salmon 25,125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 25,125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


2017-08-09 17:06:10

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Nootka/Esperanza Closures Closed
Outer Nootka Island closures 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
Nootka/Esperanza Closures That portion of Subarea 25-1 located northerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at 49 degrees 39.449'N and 126 degrees 06.040'W to a point located north of Black Creek at 49 degrees 39.369'N and 126 degrees 05.165'W, and southerly of a line drawn from a point at 49 degrees 36.971'N and 126 degrees 03.560'W to a point located north of Matchlee Creek at 49 degrees 37.129'N and 126 degrees 03.006'W. -Subareas 25-2 and 25-3. -That portion of Subarea 25-4 inside Hisnit Inlet northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 43.903'N and 126 degrees 29.639'W, then drawn southwesterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.680'N and 126 degrees 30.322'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 inside Nesook Bay easterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.205'N and 126 degrees 24.997'W, then drawn southerly across the bay to a point located at 49 degrees 45.594'N and 126 degrees 25.018'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 northwesterly of a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay. -That portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, north of a line beginning at the northeastern tip of Strange Island located at 49 degrees 43.314'N and 126 degrees 37.486'W, then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.315'N and 126 degrees 36.817'W. -Subareas 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-12. -Subareas 25-14 and 25-15 and 25-16
Outer Nootka Island closures That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528'N and 126 degrees 55.605'W to a point located at 49 degrees 44.965'N and 127 degrees 01.823'W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then to the Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806'N and 126 degrees 49.976'W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 34.125'N and 126 degrees 46.942'W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341'N and 126 degrees 45.141'W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located adjacent to this closed area.


2017-08-01 10:05:06

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 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 25,125 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 25,125 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 25,125 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 25,125 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/6 Open until Dec 31
Lingcod 25,125 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Perch 25,125 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Rockfish, Yelloweye 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open until Nov 15
Sablefish 25,125 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 25,125 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 25,125 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 25,125 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 25,125 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 25,125 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 25,125 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


2017-07-25 11:44:06

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Outer Nootka Island closures Closed
Nootka/Esperanza Closures Closed
Herring 25,125 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 25,125 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 25,125 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 25,125 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
Nootka/Esperanza Closures That portion of Subarea 25-1 located northerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at 49 degrees 39.449'N and 126 degrees 06.040'W to a point located north of Black Creek at 49 degrees 39.369'N and 126 degrees 05.165'W, and southerly of a line drawn from a point at 49 degrees 36.971'N and 126 degrees 03.560'W to a point located north of Matchlee Creek at 49 degrees 37.129'N and 126 degrees 03.006'W. -Subareas 25-2 and 25-3. -That portion of Subarea 25-4 inside Hisnit Inlet northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 43.903'N and 126 degrees 29.639'W, then drawn southwesterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.680'N and 126 degrees 30.322'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 inside Nesook Bay easterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.205'N and 126 degrees 24.997'W, then drawn southerly across the bay to a point located at 49 degrees 45.594'N and 126 degrees 25.018'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 northwesterly of a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay. -That portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, north of a line beginning at the northeastern tip of Strange Island located at 49 degrees 43.314'N and 126 degrees 37.486'W, then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.315'N and 126 degrees 36.817'W. -Subareas 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-12. -Subareas 25-14 and 25-15 and 25-16
Outer Nootka Island closures That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528'N and 126 degrees 55.605'W to a point located at 49 degrees 44.965'N and 127 degrees 01.823'W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then to the Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806'N and 126 degrees 49.976'W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 34.125'N and 126 degrees 46.942'W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341'N and 126 degrees 45.141'W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located adjacent to this closed area.


2017-08-10 00:06:56

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)
25-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-4 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
25-5 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
25-6 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
25-7 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
25-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-11 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
25-12 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
25-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-15 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
25-16 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species


2017-07-27 15:45:31

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 25 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 25 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 25 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 25 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 25 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 25 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 25 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 25,125 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 25,125 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 25 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 25 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 25 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 25,125 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 25,125 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 25,125 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 25,125 Hand Picking 75/150/-


2017-07-11 17:22:38

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 25,125 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 25,125 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.
25,125 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 25,125 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.


2017-07-11 17:22:32

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 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 25,125 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Other 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 25,125 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Shore 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


2017-07-27 18:30:35

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab 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 Coastwide Gear Restriction
25,125 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
Gold River Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 70g/week
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.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Gold River Waters of Muchalat Inlet lying east of the Gold River Harbour limit, and in those waters of Muchalat Inlet lying east of a line between Anderson Point and Atrevida Point.


2017-07-11 17:21:03

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 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 25,125 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 25,125 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 25,125 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 25,125 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 25,125 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 25,125 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 25,125 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 25,125 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open
Squid, All other species 25,125 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 25,125 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open


2017-07-27 17:45:23

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.


2017-07-11 17:24:58

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
125 Marine Protected Area Endeavour Hydrothermal Vent Marine Protected Area
125-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
125-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
West of Bajo Reef
125-3 Rockfish Conservation Area West of Bajo Reef
125-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
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
West of Bajo Reef West_of_Bajo_Reef.png Those portions of Subareas 125-2 and 125-3 that lie inside a line that:begins at 49°37.900'N 127°01.111'W in water then to 49°37.900'N 126°52.600'W in water then to 49°33.500'N 126°52.600'W in water then to the beginning point.


2017-05-03 21:31:10