Areas 4 and 104 (Prince Rupert, Porcher Island)

Area map

Area maps

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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 4,104 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 4,104 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 4,104 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 4,104 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 4 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
104 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
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.


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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 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 4,104 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Eulachon 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 4,104 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, All other species 4,104 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 4,104 0/0/0 Non-retention
Codfish 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Lingcod 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/- Closed
Perch 4,104 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/- Closed
Sablefish 4,104 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 4,104 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 4,104 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 4,104 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 4,104 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 4,104 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Wolf Eel 4,104 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non-retention
Yelloweye Rockfish 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/- Closed


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Herring 4,104 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 4,104 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.
4,104 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 4,104 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.
4,104 Oversize Daily Limit Pieces - Included in Daily Limit 1
Oversize Length 50 cm


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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

Subareas Open Bivalve Species
4-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-9
  • 4-9.A: Closed to All Bivalve Species
  • 4-9.B: Other Scallop;Pacific Scallop;Pink Scallop;Spiny Scallop
4-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
104 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Area Descriptions

Closure Map Area Description
4-9.A 4-9.A.jpeg Subarea 4-9 except the waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 4-9 inside a line that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°17.371' north latitude and 130°27.654' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of the largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666' north latitude and 130°36.575 west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°12.770' north latitude and 130°33.643' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°15.865' north latitude and 130°25.623' west longitude, thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of commencement.
4-9.B 4-9.B.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 4-9 inside a line that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°17.371' north latitude and 130°27.654' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of the largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666' north latitude and 130°36.575 west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°12.770' north latitude and 130°33.643' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°15.865' north latitude and 130°25.623' west longitude, thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of commencement.


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
All Species Scallop 4,104 0/0/0
Blue Mussel 4,104 0/0/0
California Mussel 4 0/0/0
Clams 4,104 0/0/0
Cockles 4,104 0/0/0
Geoduck 4,104 0/0/0
Moon Snail 4,104 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 4,104 0/0/0
Other Snail 4,104 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 4,104 0/0/0
Weathervane Scallop 4,104 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. 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.
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.


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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 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 4,104 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 4,104 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 4,104 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 4,104 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 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 4,104 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Giant Barnacles 4,104 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Goose Barnacles 4,104 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 4,104 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 4,104 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Opal Squid 4,104 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open
Other Shellfish species 4,104 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 4,104 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 4,104 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Urchin 4,104 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 4,104 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 4,104 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Starfish Sea Star 4,104 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
4-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Dunira
4-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Stephens Island
4-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Porcher Peninsula
4-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Hodgson Reefs
4-9 Rockfish Conservation Area Gull Rocks North
Gull Rocks South
104-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Porcher Peninsula

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Dunira Dunira.png Those waters of Subarea 4-1 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°24.148'N 130°55.265'W south tip of Connel Islands then to 54°25.550'N 130°50.100'W Farwest Point then following the southerly shoreline of Dunira Island to 54°25.167'N 130°43.853'W Dunira Island then to 54°24.720'N 130°43.135'W Melville Island then following the northerly shoreline of Melville Island to 54°22.300'N 130°47.000'W Melville Island then to 54°19.600'N 130°58.200'W in water then to the beginning point.
Gull Rocks North Gull_Rocks_North.png Those waters of Subarea 4-9 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°11.300'N 130°34.600'W in water then to 54°11.300'N 130°32.300'W in water then to 54°10.300'N 130°30.400'W in water then to 54°10.300'N 130°33.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Gull Rocks South Gull_Rocks_South.png Those waters of Subarea 4-9 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°09.800'N 130°33.500'W in water then to 54°09.800'N 130°29.300'W in water then to 54°08.400'N 130°26.400'W in water then to 54°07.700'N 130°28.900'W in water then to 54°07.700'N 130°31.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Hodgson Reefs Hodgson_Reefs.png Those waters of Subarea 4-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°23.900'N 130°32.600'W in water then true east to the shore, then southerly following the shoreline to the intercept with the parallel passing through 54°22.450' north latitude, then to 54°22.450'N 130°32.600'W in water then to the beginning point.
Porcher Peninsula Porcher_Peninsula.png Those waters of Subareas 4-3, 5-11, 5-12, and 104-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 53°54.400'N 130°51.500'W in water then to 53°54.600'N 130°43.900'W Fan Point then southerly following the shoreline of Porcher Peninsula to 53°50.235'N 130°39.577'W Porcher Peninsula then to 53°49.100'N 130°41.600'W in water then to the beginning point.
Stephens Island Stephens_Island.png Those waters of Subarea 4-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°05.700'N 130°54.700'W in water then to 54°05.700'N 130°45.000'W in water then to 54°02.545'N 130°42.658'W north tip of William Island then to 54°01.525'N 130°42.867'W south tip of William Island then to 54°00.000'N 130°44.900'W in water then to 54°00.000'N 130°52.000'W in water then to the beginning point.


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