Area 27 and 127 (Cape Scott, Quatsino)

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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 27,127 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 27,127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
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 (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 27-4,27-5 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Wild) 27-4,27-5,127 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 27,127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 27,127 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

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


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


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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. 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
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
Marble River That portion of Subarea 27-10 from the Marble River tidal boundary downstream to the fishing boundary signs at the entrance of Varney Bay.


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

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 27,127 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 27,127 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 27,127 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 27,127 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 27,127 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 27,127 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 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.
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 27,127 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 27,127 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Giant Barnacles 27,127 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Goose Barnacles 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
Opal Squid 27,127 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- 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 Urchin 27,127 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 27,127 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 27,127 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Starfish Sea Star 27,127 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
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
127-2 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents
127-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Scott Islands
Topknot
127-4 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents
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.
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]
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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