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BC tidal area 121: Sport fishing limits, openings and closures

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 tables for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the restrictions tables for special exceptions and more detailed regulations. Make sure you know the:
    • (d) Daily limit: The maximum number of a given fish species that a person is allowed to keep in one day.
    • (p) Possession limit: The maximum number of fish you can have in your possession at any given time, except for what is at your ordinary residence.
    • (a) Annual limit: The total amount of fish of a certain species that may be caught and retained during the course of a fishing year which commences on April 1 and ends the following March 31.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.
  5. Unless otherwise specified, fishing opportunities and closures end at 23:59 hrs on the close-date shown.

Helpful resources:

Area map

Area maps

For a written description of Areas please see the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations 2007.

Area 121: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management area 121
Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 121 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery) 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (wild) 121 Barbless Hook & Line -/-/- Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 121 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:27:39

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Swiftsure Bank Closed
Swiftsure-Seasonal Slowdown Areas (2022) Reminder From June 1 to November 30, 2022, vessel speed is limited to no more than 10 knots (with some exceptions) in the Seasonal Slowdown Areas located in portions of Subareas 21-0, 121-1 and 121-2.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
Salmon Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 8 - The possession limit for all salmon from all waters is twice the daily limit. You cannot possess more than eight salmon in total, except for salmon that are at your ordinary residence.
Coastwide Combined 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.
Juan de Fuca SRKW-salmon closures Closed Closed to fishing for salmon from July 16 to Oct 31 per fisheries management measures for the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Swiftsure Bank Salmon Closures 2022 Closed Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line drawn from a point in water on the boundary between Subareas 21-0 and 121-2 at 48°41.218' N and 124°59.527' W southeasterly to a point in water at 48°40.709' N and 124°57.999' W, then southeasterly to Bonilla Point at 48°35.732' N and 124°43.063' W, then southerly to a point in water at the international boundary with the United States of America/Fishing Zone 5 at 48°29.607' N and 124°43.634' W, then northwesterly to a point in water at 48°34.000' N and 124°54.200' W, then true west to a point in water at 48°34.000' N and 124°59.464' W, and then northerly in a straight line back to the point of commencement. That portion of Subarea 121-2 inside a line drawn from a point in water on the boundary between Subareas 121-2 and 121-3 at 48°33.995' N and 125°13.000' W easterly to a point in water at 48°34.000' N and 125°06.000' W, then southeasterly to a point in water at 48°32.100 N 125°01.759' W, then southwesterly to a point in water at 48°30.864' N and 125 04.376' W, then southeasterly to a point in water at the international boundary with the United States of America/Fishing Zone 5 at 48°28.849' N and 124°59.876' W, then southwesterly following the international boundary with the United States of America/Fishing Zone 5 to a point in water at 48°24.577' N and 125°13.000' W, and then northerly in a straight line back to the point of commencement.
Chinook salmon Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must permanently record all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. If mobile internet access is immediately available, the licence holder may alternatively record catch immediately in their National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS) account.
Coastwide Annual Limit Pieces 10 - The coastwide total annual limit for chinook salmon is 10 from all tidal waters that are open to chinook retention.
Coho salmon (hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:03

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Juan de Fuca SRKW-salmon closures Juan_de_Fuca_SRKW-salmon_closures.png That portion of Subarea 121-1 inside a line drawn from Bonilla Point Light at 48°35.732' N and 124°43.063' W, then southwesterly to a point at 48°29.618' N latitude and 124°43.553' W, then northwesterly to a point at 48°34.000' N and 124°54.200' W, then northeasterly back to the point of commencement.
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.
Swiftsure Bank Swiftsure_Bank.jpeg Area 121 - Swiftsure Bank. Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line from 48°34.00' north latitude and 125°06.00' west longitude, thence to 48°34.00' north latitude and 124° 54.20' west longitude, thence to 48°29.62' north latitude and 124°43.40' west longitude, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48°29.55' north latitude and 124°56.20' west longitude, and thence in a straight line back to the point of origin.
Swiftsure Bank Salmon Closures 2022 Swiftsure_Bank_Salmon_Closures_2022.png Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line drawn from a point in water on the boundary between Subareas 21-0 and 121-2 at 48°41.218' N and 124°59.527' W southeasterly to a point in water at 48°40.709' N and 124°57.999' W, then southeasterly to Bonilla Point at 48°35.732' N and 124°43.063' W, then southerly to a point in water at the international boundary with the United States of America/Fishing Zone 5 at 48°29.607' N and 124°43.634' W, then northwesterly to a point in water at 48°34.000' N and 124°54.200' W, then true west to a point in water at 48°34.000' N and 124°59.464' W, and then northerly in a straight line back to the point of commencement. That portion of Subarea 121-2 inside a line drawn from a point in water on the boundary between Subareas 121-2 and 121-3 at 48°33.995' N and 125°13.000' W easterly to a point in water at 48°34.000' N and 125°06.000' W, then southeasterly to a point in water at 48°32.100 N 125°01.759' W, then southwesterly to a point in water at 48°30.864' N and 125 04.376' W, then southeasterly to a point in water at the international boundary with the United States of America/Fishing Zone 5 at 48°28.849' N and 124°59.876' W, then southwesterly following the international boundary with the United States of America/Fishing Zone 5 to a point in water at 48°24.577' N and 125°13.000' W, and then northerly in a straight line back to the point of commencement.
Swiftsure-Seasonal Slowdown Areas (2022) Swiftsure-Seasonal_Slowdown_Areas_(2022).png The waters of the mouth of the Nitinat River bounded by a line beginning at 48°42.377'N and 125°00.000'W [northwest boundary]; then to 48°36.683'N and 125°00.000'W [northwest boundary (Swiftsure Bank)]; then to 48°36.683'N and 124°45.083'W [southeast boundary (Carmanah Point)]; then along the coastline to 48°42.377'N and 125°00.000'W [northeast boundary]. The waters off Swiftsure Bank bounded by a line beginning at 48°34.000'N and 125°06.000'W [northwest boundary]; then to 48°32.100'N and 125°01.760'W [southwest boundary]; then to 48°32.100'N and 124°49.545'W [southern boundary (traffic separation scheme lane)]; then to 48°32.017'N and 124°46.593'W [southern boundary (traffic separation scheme lane)]; then to 48°31.150'N and 124°43.483'W [southeast boundary]; then to 48°35.717'N and 124°43.067'W [northeast boundary]; then to 48°34.000'N and 124°54.190'W [northern boundary]; then to 48°34.000'N and 125°06.000'W [northwest boundary].

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:03

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 121 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern anchovy 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other finfish species 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sand lance 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sardine 121 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf smelt 121 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, Albacore 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Codfish 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving -/-/10 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 121 65cm Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Perch 121 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All species combined 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, Bocaccio 121 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, Yelloweye 121 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Sablefish 121 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 121 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species 121 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Shark, Basking 121 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 121 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 121 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 121 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 121 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, Sixgill 121 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 121 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 121 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny dogfish 121 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 121 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (hatchery) 121 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (wild) 121 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf eel 121 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:47:43

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Swiftsure Bank Closed
Swiftsure-Seasonal Slowdown Areas (2022) Reminder From June 1 to November 30, 2022, vessel speed is limited to no more than 10 knots (with some exceptions) in the Seasonal Slowdown Areas located in portions of Subareas 21-0, 121-1 and 121-2.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
Herring 121 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Eulachon Coastwide Closed
Codfish 121 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Season Planning Halibut: The recreational halibut fishery continues April 1, 2022 under the 2022/23 Conditions of Licence, and is expected to continue until December 31 2022. Non-residents of Canada wishing to fish and retain halibut in Areas 121, 23 and 123, must obtain their licence from a licence vendor in Canada - view: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/iap-fai-eng.html; that is, a licence purchased directly over the internet by a non-resident is not valid for halibut fishing in these areas.
Coastwide Reminder The daily and possession limit for halibut is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off), OR three (3) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off). No person shall retain a halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length (102 cm head-off). Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.
121 Maximum Length Head On (cm) 133 cm The maximum overall length for halibut is 133 cm head-on, or 102 cm head-off.
121 Reminder Electronic licence restriction for non-residents: Only a Canadian resident may fish for halibut under an electronic licence in Areas 121, 23 and 123. Non-residents wishing to fish and retain halibut in Areas 121, 23 and 123, must obtain their licence from a licence vendor in Canada (Independent Access Provider).
Swiftsure Bank Closed Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Closed Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - for in-season requirements, please see current regulations/restrictions for specific areas, gear and individual species limits, and closures/exceptions. INSIDE WATERS - Generally open May 1 to September 30, for Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5. Closed year round - Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17. OUTSIDE WATERS - Generally Open April 1 to November 15, for Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142, 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (portion).
121 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Closed Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Swiftsure Bank Closed Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Perch 121 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish, All species combined Coastwide Reminder Rockfish - Anglers in vessels shall immediately return all rockfish that are not being retained to the water and to a similar depth from which they were caught by use of an inverted weighted barbless hook or other purpose-built descender device.
Coastwide Season Planning Note - For planning purposes only - for in-season requirements, please see current regulations/restrictions for specific areas, gear and individual species limits, and closures/exceptions. INSIDE WATERS - Generally open May 1 to September 30, for Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5. Closed year round - Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17. OUTSIDE WATERS - Generally Open April 1 to November 15, for Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142, 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (portion).
121 Daily Limit Pieces 3 Daily limit of 3 Rockfish per day, of which only 1 may be a China Rockfish or a Tiger Rockfish or a Quillback Rockfish
Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Closed Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Swiftsure Bank Closed Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Sculpin Coastwide Reminder Cabezon is a species of sculpin; for daily and possession limits, please see the species regulations table above for sculpin
Trout (hatchery and wild combined) Coastwide Reminder Note (1) Trout - means Brook trout, Brown trout, Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, Lake trout, Rainbow trout, Steelhead, and includes Bull trout. (2) Steelhead - in waters where anadromous Rainbow trout are found, Steelhead means a Rainbow trout that is greater than 50cm in overall length. (3) Anadromous means migrating from the sea up rivers or streams to spawn.
121 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:11

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit Area_121_outside_the_12_nautical_mile_limit.jpeg That portion of Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.00' north latitude and 125 degrees 17.386' west longitude and continues southeasterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327' north latitude and 125 degrees 01.687' west longitude.
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.
Swiftsure Bank Swiftsure_Bank.jpeg Area 121 - Swiftsure Bank. Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line from 48°34.00' north latitude and 125°06.00' west longitude, thence to 48°34.00' north latitude and 124° 54.20' west longitude, thence to 48°29.62' north latitude and 124°43.40' west longitude, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48°29.55' north latitude and 124°56.20' west longitude, and thence in a straight line back to the point of origin.
Swiftsure-Seasonal Slowdown Areas (2022) Swiftsure-Seasonal_Slowdown_Areas_(2022).png The waters of the mouth of the Nitinat River bounded by a line beginning at 48°42.377'N and 125°00.000'W [northwest boundary]; then to 48°36.683'N and 125°00.000'W [northwest boundary (Swiftsure Bank)]; then to 48°36.683'N and 124°45.083'W [southeast boundary (Carmanah Point)]; then along the coastline to 48°42.377'N and 125°00.000'W [northeast boundary]. The waters off Swiftsure Bank bounded by a line beginning at 48°34.000'N and 125°06.000'W [northwest boundary]; then to 48°32.100'N and 125°01.760'W [southwest boundary]; then to 48°32.100'N and 124°49.545'W [southern boundary (traffic separation scheme lane)]; then to 48°32.017'N and 124°46.593'W [southern boundary (traffic separation scheme lane)]; then to 48°31.150'N and 124°43.483'W [southeast boundary]; then to 48°35.717'N and 124°43.067'W [northeast boundary]; then to 48°34.000'N and 124°54.190'W [northern boundary]; then to 48°34.000'N and 125°06.000'W [northwest boundary].

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:11

Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish and snails

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 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. Learn more about shellfish harvesting.

How to follow the rules

  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.
  3. Questions? Email us at DFO.PAC.CSSP-PCAM.PAC.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Bivalve shellfish contamination closures

Planned bivalve shellfish harvesting closures

Look at the first column below to see which species are safe to harvest. If there is information in the second column, it is illegal and unsafe to harvest any bivalve species in those areas.

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
121-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
121-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
121-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:10:33

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Cockles 121 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 121 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 121 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 121 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 121 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 121 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 121 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 121 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:30:38

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. - Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. - Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.
Swifture Bank Interim Sanctuary Zone - 2021 Closed Per an Interim Order issued under the Canada Shipping Act, fishing activities are prohibited, and vessels are prohibited from entering areas designated as Interim Sanctuary Zones for killer whales (effective June 1 to November 30 inclusive). Some exceptions apply, including: vessels accessing local residences, business or services; vessels in distress or providing assistance to a person or vessel in distress; vessels avoiding immediate or unforeseen danger; Indigenous peoples exercising existing rights. Additionally, a 20 metre corridor along the shoreline of the Pender and Saturna Island Interim Sanctuary Zones has been created to allow those in human-powered vessels to transit safely through these areas.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
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.
Coastwide Reminder Clams: No person shall retain a Manila Clam or Littleneck Clam smaller than 35 mm, nor a Butter Clam smaller than 55 mm.
Clam, Butter Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 0 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Horse Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 6 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Littleneck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Manila Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Razor Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 8 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clams, All Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 60 - When open, all species aggregate daily limit combined Areas 1 to 27 is 60, except Pacific Rim National Park where the all species aggregate limit is 24.
121 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.
Geoduck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 3 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 12 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Mussel, Blue Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussel, California Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussels, All 121 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
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.
121 Packaging and Transporting Avoid transfer of green crab - 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.
Snail, Moon 121 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:40

Area descriptions

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Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:10:33

Area Map Area description
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.
Swifture Bank Interim Sanctuary Zone - 2021 Swifture_Bank_Interim_Sanctuary_Zone-2021.pdf That portion of Subarea 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line commencing at a point in water located at 48°34.000’N and 125°06.000’W [Northwest Boundary] due east to a point in water located at 48°34.000’N and 124°54.200’W [Northeast Boundary], thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°32.100’N and 124°49.583’W [Southeast Boundary], thence due west to point in water located at 48°32.100’N and 125°01.760’W 125°01.756’W [Southwest Boundary], and thence northwesterly back to the point of commencement.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:40

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 121 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other crab 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 121 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 121 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:29:10

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. - Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. - Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.
Swifture Bank Interim Sanctuary Zone - 2021 Closed Per an Interim Order issued under the Canada Shipping Act, fishing activities are prohibited, and vessels are prohibited from entering areas designated as Interim Sanctuary Zones for killer whales (effective June 1 to November 30 inclusive). Some exceptions apply, including: vessels accessing local residences, business or services; vessels in distress or providing assistance to a person or vessel in distress; vessels avoiding immediate or unforeseen danger; Indigenous peoples exercising existing rights. Additionally, a 20 metre corridor along the shoreline of the Pender and Saturna Island Interim Sanctuary Zones has been created to allow those in human-powered vessels to transit safely through these areas.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
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 Crab traps are required to have two unobstructed circular escape holes or rings, measuring a minimum of 105 mm in diameter
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 121 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
King crab Coastwide Sex Restriction As per the Conditions of Licence, it is prohibited to possess female King crab
Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of King crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
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 crab
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 crab

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:32

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.
Swifture Bank Interim Sanctuary Zone - 2021 Swifture_Bank_Interim_Sanctuary_Zone-2021.pdf That portion of Subarea 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line commencing at a point in water located at 48°34.000’N and 125°06.000’W [Northwest Boundary] due east to a point in water located at 48°34.000’N and 124°54.200’W [Northeast Boundary], thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°32.100’N and 124°49.583’W [Southeast Boundary], thence due west to point in water located at 48°32.100’N and 125°01.760’W 125°01.756’W [Southwest Boundary], and thence northwesterly back to the point of commencement.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:32

Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 121 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 121 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Barnacles, Goose 121 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 121 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 121 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 121 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 121 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 121 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 121 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 121 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 121 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 121 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 121 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 121 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:31:41

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. - Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. - Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.
Swifture Bank Interim Sanctuary Zone - 2021 Closed Per an Interim Order issued under the Canada Shipping Act, fishing activities are prohibited, and vessels are prohibited from entering areas designated as Interim Sanctuary Zones for killer whales (effective June 1 to November 30 inclusive). Some exceptions apply, including: vessels accessing local residences, business or services; vessels in distress or providing assistance to a person or vessel in distress; vessels avoiding immediate or unforeseen danger; Indigenous peoples exercising existing rights. Additionally, a 20 metre corridor along the shoreline of the Pender and Saturna Island Interim Sanctuary Zones has been created to allow those in human-powered vessels to transit safely through these areas.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
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. If two traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator's name to one end of the ground-line.
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 125
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.
Coastwide Reminder Spot Prawns (Pandalus platyceros) with eggs: No person shall retain prawns carrying eggs, or remove eggs from the underside of prawns carrying eggs. All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail shall be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:59

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.
Swifture Bank Interim Sanctuary Zone - 2021 Swifture_Bank_Interim_Sanctuary_Zone-2021.pdf That portion of Subarea 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line commencing at a point in water located at 48°34.000’N and 125°06.000’W [Northwest Boundary] due east to a point in water located at 48°34.000’N and 124°54.200’W [Northeast Boundary], thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°32.100’N and 124°49.583’W [Southeast Boundary], thence due west to point in water located at 48°32.100’N and 125°01.760’W 125°01.756’W [Southwest Boundary], and thence northwesterly back to the point of commencement.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:59

Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure name
121-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Carmanah
121-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Pachena Point

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:24:46

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Carmanah Those waters of Subarea 20-1, Area 21, Subarea 121-1 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°37.350'N 124°45.847'W Vancouver Island then to 48°37.000'N 124°46.800'W in water then to 48°34.500'N 124°41.500'W in water then to 48°35.100'N 124°40.774'W Vancouver Island then following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point
Pachena Point Pachena_Point.png Those waters of Area 21 and Subarea 121-2 that inside of a line that: begins at 48°43.327'N 125°05.855'W Pachena Point Light then true south to 48°42.800'N 125°05.855'W in water then to 48°40.580'N 124°59.528'W in water then true north to the Vancouver Island shoreline, then northwesterly following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:24:46

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