Area 29 (Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, Fraser River)

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Area map

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Tidal water boundaries in streams and rivers

In streams and rivers, tidal waters and non-tidal waters meet. In Area 29 these boundaries are marked by bridges and rail lines. On the side closest to the ocean, the waters are considered tidal. On the side farthest from the ocean, the waters are considered non-tidal.

  • Brunette River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Campbell River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Chapman Creek: Highway 101 Bridge
  • Coquitlam River: Mary Hill Bypass Bridge
  • Fraser River: CPR Bridge at Mission
  • Kanaka Creek: CPR Bridge
  • Nathan Creek: CNR Bridge
  • Nicomekl River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Pitt River: CPR Bridge
  • Serpentine River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Stave River: CPR Bridge
  • West Creek: CN Railway Bridge
  • Whonnock Creek: CP Rail line
  • York Creek: CP Rail line

See Region 2 (Lower Mainland) for salmon fishing opportunities on the freshwater (non-tidal) side of these boundaries.

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 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/15 Open
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/15 Non Retention
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/10 Closed
Chinook Salmon (Hatchery) 29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Chum Salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 0/0/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/- Closed
Coho Salmon (Wild) 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Pink Salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 30cm 4/8/- Open
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Sockeye Salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 0/0/0 Non Retention
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 0/0/0 Non Retention
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Salmon Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 4
29-1 to 29-10 Gear Restriction 0
All Salmon 29-11 to 29-17 Gear Restriction 0
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
Strait of Georgia Fraser chinook (expanded area) Daily Limit Pieces 2
Maximum Size (cm) 85 cm
Minimum Size (cm) 62 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
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
Strait of Georgia Fraser chinook (expanded area) **(Note: area expanded to include a portion of 29-3) Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9 and 18-11, 19-5, and those portions of Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 that lie southeasterly of a line from a point on the east side of Valdes Island located at 49 degrees 05.562'N and 123 degrees 39.989'W then extending approximately 57 degrees True to the North Arm Jetty Light located at 49 degrees 15.440'N and 123 degrees 16.778'W.


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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 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 29 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 29 Dip Net, Gill Net 0kg/0kg/- Closed until Aug 15
Tuna, Albacore 29 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 29 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 29 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 29 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open
Greenling 29 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 29 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/6 Open until Dec 31
Lingcod 29-5 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/10 Open until Sep 30
29-1 to 29-4,29-6 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 29 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 29-5 Hook and Line, Spear 1/2/- Open until Sep 30
29-1 to 29-4,29-6 to 29-17 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 29 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 29 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 29 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 29 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 29 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 29 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery) 29 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (Wild) 29 0/-/- Non Retention
Wolf Eel 29 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Other Finfish 29 Time of Day Restrictions Fishing for all fin fish including salmon in the tidal waters of the Fraser River is permitted during daylight hours only
Herring 29 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 29 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 29 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 29 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


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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)
29-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-16 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-17 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clams, All 29 0/0/0
Cockles 29 0/0/0
Geoduck 29 0/0/0
Mussel, Blue 29 0/0/0
Mussel, California 29 0/0/0
Oyster, Olympia 29 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 29 0/0/0
Scallop, all species 29 0/0/0
Snail, Moon 29 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 29 0/0/0


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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.
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.


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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 29 0/0/0 Closed
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 29 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 29 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Other 29 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 29 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Shore 29 0/0/0 Closed


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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 29 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
Howe Sound and adjacent area - A Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 130g/week
Howe Sound and adjacent area - B Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 130g/week
Crab, All Species Combined Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Deltaport Closed
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
Howe Sound and adjacent area - A Those portions of subareas 29-2 and 29-3 north of a line that begins at Reception Point to a point 1.5 km true south of Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island then to Point Atkinson.
Howe Sound and adjacent area - B Subarea 29-1: Those waters of the Strait of Georgia inside a line that begins on the mainland at Reception Point, then southeasterly following the shoreline to Gower Point, then to White Islets Light, then back to Reception Point;
Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Deltaport Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Deltaport


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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 29 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 29 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Goose 29 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 29 0/0/0 Closed
Octopus 29 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 29 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 29 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 29 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 29 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 29 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 29 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
29 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/-/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 29 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open
Squid, All other species 29 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 29 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction
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 Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Foreslope Hills Foreslope_Hills.jpeg That portion of Subarea 29-3 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°09.634'N 123°23.048'W then southeasterly to 49°09.389'N 123°22.622'W then to 49°09.187'N 123°22.587'W then to 49°09.211'N 123°23.567'W then to 49°09.646'N 123°23.543'W then to the beginning point.
Gabriola Passage Gabriola_Passage.png Those waters of Subareas 17-10, 17-17 and 29-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°08.200'N 123°41.549'W Gabriola Island then true east to 49°08.200'N 123°41.140'W Breakwater Island then southerly following the westerly shoreline of Breakwater Island to 49°07.546'N 123°40.897'W Breakwater Island then to 49°07.110'N 123°41.125'W Valdes Island then northerly following the shoreline of Valdes Island to 49°07.625'N 123°42.913'W Dibuxante Point then to 49°07.775'N 123°43.033'W Gabriola Island then easterly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Galiano Island North Galiano_Island_North.png That portion of Subarea 29-5 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°57.600' N 123°30.540' W shore of Galiano Island then to 48°58.400' N 123°29.700' W in water then to 48°56.880' N 123°25.870' W in water then to 48°56.000' N 123°26.100' W shore of Galiano Island then following the Galiano Island shoreline in a northwesterly direction to the beginning point. Area
Halibut Bank Halibut_Bank.png That portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°21.768'N 123°41.501'W then southerly to 49°21.174'N 123°40.045'W then to 49°20.961'N 123°40.139'W then to 49°20.803'N 123°39.860'W then to 49°20.565'N 123°40.182'W then to 49°21.610'N 123°41.843'W then to 49°21.673'N 123°42.643'W then to 49°21.895'N 123°43.908'W then to 49°22.174'N 123°44.748'W then to 49°22.555'N 123°44.456'W then to 49°22.188'N 123°42.167'W then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 1 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_1.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°21.486'N 123°17.254'W then southerly to 49°20.528'N 123°17.690'W then to 49°20.401'N 123°17.956'W then to 49°20.765'N 123°18.794'W then to 49°20.982'N 123°18.584'W then to 49°21.098'N 123°18.037'W then to 49°21.501'N 123°17.737'W then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 2 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_2.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°20.288'N 123°17.693'W then southeasterly to 49°20.225'N 123°17.501'W then to 49°19.993'N 123°17.377'W then to 49°19.802'N 123°17.444'W then to 49°19.720'N 123°17.840'W then to 49°19.937'N 123°18.107'W then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 3 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_3.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°19.296'N 123°19.905'W then southerly to 49°19.918'N 123°19.847'W then to 49°19.307'N 123°20.344'W then to 49°19.643'N 123°20.421'W then to 49°19.819'N 123°20.316'W then to 49o19.947'N 123o20.097'W then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 4 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_4.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°20.367'N 123°19.162'W then easterly to 49°20.577'N 123°18.720'W then to 49°20.441'N 123°18.637'W then to 49°20.068'N 123°18.818'W then to 49°20.067'N 123°19.135'W then to 49°19.718'N 123°19.188'W then to 49°19.726'N 123°19.514'W then to 49°20.259'N 123°19.828'W then to the beginning point.
Mayne Island North Mayne_Island_North.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°53.163'N 123°19.250'W Cain Point then true north to 48°53.259'N 123°19.250'W Gossip Island then following the easterly shoreline of Gossip Island to 48°53.671'N 123°19.367'W Gossip Island then to 48°53.950'N 123°19.100'W in water then to 48°52.300'N 123°15.200'W in water then true south to 48°51.550'N 123°15.200'W Mayne Island, near Edith Point then northwesterly following the Mayne Island shoreline to 48°52.398'N 123°17.487'W Active Pass Light then to 48°53.099'N 123°18.362'W Gossip Shoals Light and Bell Buoy U47 then to 48°52.778'N 123°18.724'W Rip Point then northwesterly following the shoreline of Galiano Island to the beginning point.
McCall Bank McCall_Bank.png That portion of Subareas 29-2 and 29-3 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°22.000'N 123°40.000'W in water then to 49°22.000'N 123°37.200'W in water then to 49°19.900'N 123°33.000'W in water then to 49°19.900'N 123°35.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 1 Outer_Gulf_Islands_1.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°54.936'N 123°19.589'W then southerly to 48°54.283'N 123°18.529'W then to 48°54.114'N 123°18.619'W then to 48°54.065'N 123°18.771'W then to 48°54.787'N 123°19.929'W then to 48°54.902'N 123°19.793'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 2 Outer_Gulf_Islands_2.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°52.588'N 123°15.261'W then easterly to 48°52.520'N 123°14.537'W then to 48°51.971'N 123°13.768'W then to 48°51.795'N 123°13.947'W then to 48°52.150'N 123°14.444'W then to 48°52.038'N 123°14.678'W then to 48°52.479'N 123°15.521'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 3 Outer_Gulf_Islands_3.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.602'N 123°13.233'W then southerly to 48°51.309'N 123°12.751'W then to 48°50.913'N 123°12.938'W then to 48°50.844'N 123°13.059'W then to 48°51.163'N 123°13.662'W then to 48°51.579'N 123°13.378'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 4 Outer_Gulf_Islands_4.jpeg Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°50.999'N 123°12.391'W then southerly to 48°50.608'N 123°11.603'W then to 48°50.097'N 123°10.956'W then to 48°49.959'N 123°11.182'W then to 48°50.857'N 123°12.654'W then to 48°50.959'N 123°12.566'W then to the beginning point.
Sechelt Sechelt.jpeg That portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°25.948'N 123°48.889'W then easterly to 49°25.899'N 123°47.266'W then to 49°25.373'N 123°46.494'W then to 49°24.734'N 123°47.083'W then to 49°24.910'N 123°47.951'W then to 49°24.253'N 123°48.283'W then to 49°24.845'N 123°49.914'W then to the beginning point.
Valdes Island East Valdes_Island_East.png That portion of Subarea 29-5 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°04.067'N 123°37.867'W Valdes Island then to 49°04.700'N 123°36.500'W in water then to 49°02.400'N 123°34.400'W in water then to 49°01.700'N 123°35.717'W Shah Point then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point.


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