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.

Areas 4 and 104 (Prince Rupert, Porcher Island)

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


2017-04-24 22:54:15

Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
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.


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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 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- 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, Albacore 4,104 Hook and Line 20/40/- 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 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/6 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Perch 4,104 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 5/10/- Open
Rockfish, Yelloweye 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open
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


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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 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 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
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) 4,104 Oversize Daily Limit Pieces - Included in Daily Limit 1
Oversize Length 50 cm


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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.

Subareas Open Bivalve Species
4-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-2 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
4-3 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
4-4 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
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: Clam, Horse;Geoduck
  • 4-9.B: Clam, Horse;Geoduck;Scallop, Other;Scallop, Pacific;Scallop, Pink;Scallop, Spiny
4-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-13 Clam, Horse;Geoduck
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

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


2017-04-24 23:12:07

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.


2017-04-24 23:11:19

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 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 4,104 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Other 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 4,104 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Shore 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
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.
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.
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

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 4,104 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 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
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 Star, Starfish 4,104 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 4,104 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 4,104 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 4,104 Ring Net, Spear, Traps (Crab) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 4,104 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 4,104 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 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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