Area 27 and 127 (Cape Scott, Quatsino)

Area map

Area maps

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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 27,127 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open
Chum Salmon 27,127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 27-1 to 27-3,27-7 to 27-11 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 27-4,27-5 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Wild) 27-4,27-5,127 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention until Dec 31
Pink Salmon 27,127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 27,127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Marble River 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
Marble River That portion of Subarea 27-10 shoreward of fishing boundary signs at the entrance of Varney Bay.


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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 27,127 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 27,127 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 27,127 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 27,127 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 27,127 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 27,127 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 27,127 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 27,127 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 27,127 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 27,127 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 27,127 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 27,127 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 27,127 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 27,127 0/0/0 Closed
Lingcod 27,127 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Perch 27,127 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 27,127 Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open until Nov 15
Rockfish, Yelloweye 27,127 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open until Nov 15
Sablefish 27,127 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 27,127 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 27,127 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 27,127 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 27,127 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 27,127 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 27,127 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 27,127 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 27,127 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 27,127 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 27,127 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Marble River Closed
Herring 27,127 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 27,127 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.
27,127 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 27,127 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
Marble River That portion of Subarea 27-10 shoreward of fishing boundary signs at the entrance of Varney Bay.


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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)
27-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
27-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
127-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
127-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
127-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
127-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 27 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Horse 27 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 27 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Manila 27 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clam, Razor 27 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 27 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 27 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Clams, All 27,127 Hand Digging 75/150/-
Cockles 27,127 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 27 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 27 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 27 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 27,127 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 27,127 Hand Picking 15/30/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 27,127 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 27,127 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 27,127 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 27,127 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 27,127 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 27,127 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 27,127 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.
27,127 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

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 27,127 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 27,127 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 27,127 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Other 27,127 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 27,127 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Shore 27,127 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 27,127 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 27,127 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 27,127 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 27,127 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 27,127 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 27,127 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 27,127 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 27,127 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 27,127 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 27,127 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 27,127 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 27,127 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 27,127 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open until Oct 31
Squid, All other species 27,127 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 27,127 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

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
27-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Topknot
27-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Topknot
27-4 Rockfish Conservation Area Brooks Bay
27-11 Rockfish Conservation Area Holberg Inlet
127-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Topknot
127-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Scott Islands
Topknot
127-4 Rockfish Conservation Area Scott Islands

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Brooks Bay Brooks_Bay.png Subareas 27-5 and 27-6 and those waters of Subarea 27-4 that lie northeasterly of a line From 50°17.263'N 127°51.893'W Heater Point To 50°13.847'N 127°48.495'W Donald Islets Light
Holberg Inlet Holberg_Inlet.png That portion of Subarea 27-11 that lies easterly of a line: From 50°36.117'N 127°45.013'W Norton Point To 50°35.600'N 127°45.590'W Dahlstrom Point and westerly of the meridian passing through 127°37.100' west longitude at Thorp Point.
Scott Islands Scott_Islands.png Those waters of Area 111 and Subareas 127-3 and 127-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 50°52.000'N 128°56.500'W in water then true east to 50°52.000'N 128°33.000'W in water then true south to 50°45.000'N 128°33.000'W in water then true west to 50°45.000'N 128°56.500'W in water then true north to the beginning point.
Topknot Topknot.png Those waters of Subareas 27-1, 27-2, 127-1 and 127-3 that lie inside a line that begins at the intersection of the westerly shoreline of Vancouver Island with the parallel passing through 50°29.000' north latitude, then true west to the intersection with the meridian passing through 128°18.000' west longitude, then true north to Cape Palmerston, then southerly following the shoreline of Vancouver Island to the beginning point.


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