Notice to all recreational fishers

We are currently updating our online data for the 2017-2018 fishing season. While this work is underway, regulations on the BC Sport Fishing Guide website are frozen and may not apply beyond March 31, 2017. Bivalve contamination information is not included in this freeze and will continue to update.

If you are fishing after March 31, 2017 it is important that you check our Fishery Notice System for up to date information about fishing limits and management measures as decisions are made.

We appreciate your patience as we carry out these seasonal updates.

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

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Management Area 29
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

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
Chum Salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Closed
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 0/0/0 Closed
29-3,29-10 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 0/0/0 Closed
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Coho Salmon (Wild) 29-1 to 29-10 0/0/0 Closed
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 0/0/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Sockeye Salmon 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 Single and treble barbless hooks acceptable.
All Salmon 29-11 to 29-17 Gear Restriction It is prohibited to use more than one line when sport fishing in the tidal waters of the Fraser River.
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.
Portions of 29-3 and 29-10 excluded from Year Round Opening Closed
Daily Limit Pieces 0
Possession Limit Pieces 0

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Portions of 29-3 and 29-10 excluded from Year Round Opening Those portions of Subareas 29-3 and 29-10 westerly of a line from Gower Point to the Tango 10 Light Buoy, then to the northern tip of Lulu Island


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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

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 20kg/40kg/- Open
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 (See Restrictions)
Greenling 29 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/6 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 29-5 0/0/0 Closed
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 0/0/0 Closed
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.
Smelt 29 Time of Day Restrictions Fishery is open only from 8:00 AM Thursday to 8:00 AM Monday
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 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.



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Species regulations

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Abalone 29 0/0/0
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.


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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

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Crab, Alaska King 29 0/0/0 Closed
Crab, All Species Combined 29 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
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 (See Restrictions)
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 (See Restrictions)
Crab, Shore 29 0/0/0 Closed


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab 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 Coastwide Gear Restriction You may use up to two rings, dip nets or traps in combination. 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. Use highly visible buoys, large enough to stay afloat in tides and currents in your fishing area. Only one name can appear on the buoy attached to your trap(s). Names and phone numbers must be legible and visible (at least 7.5 cm high). DO NOT USE: Gear marked with another fisher"s name. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and Styrofoam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. All single traps must be marked with a buoy. If two crab traps are attached to one ground line, you are allowed to mark the ground line with only one buoy. Make sure your buoy line doesn"t float and become tangles in boaters" props. Either use sinking line or, if you use floating line, attach a weight to keep the extra line under the water at all tide levels (without sinking the buoy). Use of snares, rakes, spears or other pointed instruments to fish for crab is illegal.
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, All Species Combined Coastwide Gear Restriction 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.
29 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4
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

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
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, Traps (Crab) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
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 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. Use highly visible buoys, large enough to stay afloat in tides and currents in your fishing area. Only one name can appear on the buoy attached to your trap(s). Names and phone numbers must be legible and visible (at least 7.5 cm high). DO NOT USE: Gear marked with another fisher"s name. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and Styrofoam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. Make sure your buoy line doesn"t float and become tangles in boaters" props. Either use sinking line or, if you use floating line, attach a weight to keep the extra line under the water at all tide levels (without sinking the buoy). All single traps must be marked with a buoy. If two prawn traps are attached to one ground line, you are allowed to mark the ground line with only one buoy. More than two traps on a ground line requires a buoy at each end. A maximum of 4 traps is allowed on a single ground line
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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