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BC tidal area 15 - Powell River, Texada Island: Recreational 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 15: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management area 15
Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 15 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 15 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery) 15 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (wild) 15-2 to 15-6 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
15-1 Barbless Hook & Line -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 15 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 15 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-10-01 02:05:10

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers (skin divers & SCUBA divers) for the preservation of unique underwater habitat.
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.
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.
15 Minimum Size (cm) 62 cm - The minimum size for Chinook salmon in this area is 62 cm.
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) 15 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 - In times and areas where there is some combination of hatchery marked and wild (unmarked) Coho retention, the daily limit is two (2) Coho per day unless otherwise specified. You cannot add together the hatchery marked and wild (unmarked) limits to exceed two (2) Coho per day. Please see the species regulations and restrictions for specific limits on hatchery marked and wild (unmarked) Coho.
15-1 Black Point Daily Limit Pieces 2
Minimum Size (cm) 30 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Coho salmon (hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:05:03

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
15-1 Black Point Those waters of Subarea 15-1 north of a line from Albion Point (Black Point local name) to Scotch Fir Point.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) All waters within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:05:03

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Learn more about fishing for finfish

Species regulations

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

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:24:19

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers (skin divers & SCUBA divers) for the preservation of unique underwater habitat.
Herring 15 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 15 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.
15 Maximum Length Head On (cm) 133 cm The maximum overall length for halibut is 133 cm head-on, or 102 cm head-off.
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).
15 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 15 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).
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.
15 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:49

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) All waters within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:49

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)
15-1 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
15-2 Clam, Horse;Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Geoduck;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
15-3 Clam, Horse;Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Geoduck;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
15-4 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All;Scallop, Other;Scallop, Pacific;Scallop, Pink;Scallop, Spiny
15-5
  • 15-5.C: Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All;Scallop, Other;Scallop, Pacific;Scallop, Pink;Scallop, Spiny
  • 15-5.A: Closed to All Bivalve Species
  • 15-5.B: Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
15-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Last updated: 2022-10-01 02:07:58

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 15 Hand Digging 20/40/-
Clam, Horse 15 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 15 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Manila 15 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Razor 15 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 15 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 15 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Cockles 15 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 15 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 15 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 15 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 15 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 15 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 15 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 15 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 15 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 15 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 15 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:30:33

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.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat.
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.
15-2,15-3 Closed Closed to the harvest of bivalve species while diving (skin diving or SCUBA diving)
Mitlenatch Island Closed
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.
15 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.
Mussels, All 15 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.
15 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 15 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:35

Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
15.1 Klahanie to Myrtle Creek, Malaspina Strait 15.1.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Malaspina Strait, near the city of Powell River, commencing at a large log buried in the foreshore south of Scuttle Bay at 49°53.86' north latitude and 124°37.24' west longitude, thence southeasterly along the intertidal foreshore to the mouth of Myrtle Creek at 49°47.68' north latitude and 124°28.79' west longitude.[NAD 83]
15.11 Frolander Bay 15.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Frolander bay located inside a line drawn from the headland at 49°45.65' north latitude and 124°17.99' west longitude, thence easterly to a headland on the opposite shore at 49°45.68' north latitude and 124°17.70' west longitude [NAD 83].
15.13 Northwest Refuge Cove 15.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Refuge Cove, West Redonda Island, lying inside a radius of 125 metres of the private dock located at 50°07.61' north latitude and 124°50.94' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.16 Theodosia Inlet 15.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Theodosia Inlet, east of a line drawn across the narrow entrance from a point of land at 50°04.04' north latitude and 124°41.54' west longitude, located east of Galahad Point, thence southeasterly to a point on land on the opposite shore at the mouth of a seasonal creek located at 50°03.92' north latitude and 124°41.27' west longitude. [NAD 83]
15.17 Portion of Grace Harbour 15.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small cove northwest of the entrance to Grace Harbour, Malaspina Inlet, west of a line drawn from the headland at 50°02.59' north latitude and 124°45.58' west longitude, thence northerly to the headland on the opposite shore at 50°02.67' north latitude and 124°45.58' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.18 Squirrel Cove 15.18.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island, lying within 150 m radius of the base of the public dock located at 50°07.08' north latitude and 124°54.71' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.22 The head of Pendrell Sound, East Redonda Island 15.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the head of Pendrell Sound, East Redonda Island, north of a line drawn from the unnamed point of land at 50°15.94' north latitude and 124°43.65' west longitude, thence northeasterly to an unnamed point of land on the opposite shore at 50°16.84' north latitude and 124°42.18' west longitude. [NAD 83]
15.23 Southern Teakerne Arm, east side of land file #2406810 15.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of southern Teakerne Arm, West Redonda Island, within a distance of 25 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 50°10.24' north latitude and 124°53.32' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #2406810. [NAD 83]
15.26 Malaspina Strait, Powell River 15.26.jpeg The subtidal waters off Powell River, seaward of Sanitary Closure 15.1, inside a line commencing at Grief Point at 49°48.25' north latitude and 124°31.59' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point in water at 49°48.67' north latitude and 124°33.42' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point in water north of Harwood Island at 49°53.86' north latitude and 124°38.50' west longitude, thence easterly to the large log buried in the foreshore south of Scuttle Bay at 49°53.86' north latitude and 124°37.24' west longitude, thence southeasterly following the outer boundary of Sanitary Closure 15.1 back to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
15.27 Harwood Island 15.27.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of southwestern Harwood Island inside a line drawn from the southernmost point of the offshore islet at 49°50.67' north latitude and 124°40.49' west longitude, thence true easterly to a point on land at 49°50.67' north latitude and 124°40.25' west longitude, thence southerly along the high tide mark to a point of land at 49°50.33' north latitude and 124°40.30' west longitude, thence northwesterly along the low tide mark to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
15.28 Scuttle Bay 15.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Scuttle Bay east of a line drawn from the headland at the south end of Scuttle Bay at a pair of fir trees at 49°54.31' north latitude and 124°37.88' west longitude, thence northwesterly to the edge of the shoal at 49°54.39' north latitude and 124°38.11' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a small rock jetty at 49°54.62' north latitude and 124°38.00' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.29 Refuge Cove, West Redonda Islands 15.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Refuge Cove, West Redonda Island, lying northeast of a line drawn across the entrance to the small cove from a point of land at 50°07.57' north latitude and 124°50.81' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the headland on the opposite shore at 50°07.51' north latitude and 124°50.66' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.3 Lund Wastewater Treatment Plant 15.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding Lund Harbour and Finn Cove within a radius of 1,680 metres of the Lund wastewater pump station located at or near 49°58.86' north latitude and 124°45.72' west longitude, extending northwesterly along the shore of Malaspina Peninsula to 49°59.51' north latitude and 124°46.70' west longitude, and southeasterly along the shore of Malaspina Peninsula to 49°58.00' north latitude and 124°45.28' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.30 Southern entrance to Theodosia Inlet 15.30.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of the southern entrance to Theodosia Inlet drawn from the mouth of the seasonal creek located at 50°03.92' north latitude and 124°41.27' west longitude, thence westerly along the intertidal boundary to a point of land on the northeast corner of the islet at 50°04.04' north latitude and 124°41.90' west longitude, thence clockwise along the islet's coastline to the most southwesterly point of land at 50°04.00' north latitude and 124°42.00 west longitude, thence in a southerly direction to a point of land on the opposite shore at 50°03.98' north latitude and 124°42.00' west longitude. [NAD 83]
15.31 - Western Trevenen Bay 15.31.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of western Trevenen Bay within a 125 m radius centered at the mouth of the creek at 50°01.64' north latitude and 124°45.12' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.4 East Refuge Cove 15.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Refuge Cove, west Redonda Island lying inside a line drawn across the head of the cove, from a point on the north foreshore 400 m from the centre of the bulk oil storage tank situated near the head of the cove, to a point on the south foreshore 275 m from the centre of the bulk oil storage tank. [NAD83]
15.5 Lang Bay 15.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Lang Bay located inside a line drawn from the eastern headland of Kelly Point at 49°46.28' north latitude and 124°21.93' west longitude, thence easterly to the point at 49°46.15' north latitude and 124°20.67' west longitude [NAD 83].
15.6 Bliss Landing 15.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the two unnamed coves at Bliss Landing located at the north end of Turner Bay, Malaspina Peninsula, lying inside a line drawn from the southern headland at 50°02.28' north latitude and 124°49.22 west longitude thence westerly to the shoal at 50°02.26 north latitude and 124°49.38 west longitude thence northerly to a point on the opposite mainland shore at 50°02.44 north latitude and 124°49.38 west longitude. [NAD83]
15.7 McRae Cove 15.7.jpeg The waters and foreshore of McRae Cove lying inside a line drawn due east from the western headland of the cove to the opposite shore. [NAD83]
15.9 Sturt Bay and Vananda Cove 15.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Sturt Bay and Van Anda Cove, northeast Texada Island, south of a line drawn from Hodgson Point at 49°45.79' north latitude and 124°33.78' west longitude, thence southeasterly to Van Anda Point at 49°45.61' north latitude and 124°33.03' west longitude plus a 300 m radius around the Texada school wastewater discharge pipe located at or near 49°45.73' north latitude and 124°33.46' west longitude. [NAD 83]
15.kk Lancelot Inlet 15.kk.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the cove located south of Bunster Point in Lancelot Inlet, inside a line drawn from a point on land at 50°3.088' north latitude and 124°42.650' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land at 50°3.012' north latitude and 124°42.559' west longitude. [NAD83]
15.mm - Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island 15.mm.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island, lying inside a radius of 300 m of a point on land located at 50°07.44' north latitude and 124°55.23' west longitude. [NAD83]
15-5.A 15-5.A.jpeg That portion of Subarea 15-5 south of a line drawn from a point on the northwest shoreline of Raza Island at 50°18.26' north latitude and 124°58.10' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the west coast of West Redonda Island at 50°18.12' north latitude and 124°55.48' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island to a point at 50°12.29' north latitude and 124°56.55' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on the northeast coast of Cortes Island at 50°11.74' north latitude and 124°56.94' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline of Cortes Island to Bullock Bluff, thence true north following the boundary line to Raza Island, and thence following the shoreline northeasterly back to the point of commencement.
15-5.B 15-5.B.jpeg That portion of Subarea 15-5 southeast of a line drawn from an unnamed point on the east coast of Cortes Island at 50°11.74' north latitude and 124°56.94' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on the west coast of West Redonda Island at 50°12.29' north latitude and 124°56.55' west longitude, thence southerly and then northerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island to a point on the southeast shoreline of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87' north latitude and 124°48.03' west longitude, thence easterly to a point on the mainland at 50°07.77' north latitude and 124°43.27' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to Zephine Head at 50°04.57' north latitude and 124°48.30' west longitude, then southwesterly following the boundary line to Sarah Point at 50°03.76' north latitude and 124°50.61' west longitude, thence following the boundary line to Mary Point at 50°03.44' north latitude and 124°53.13' west longitude, thence northerly following the eastern shoreline of Cortes Island back to the point of commencement.
15-5.C 15-5.C.jpeg That portion of Subarea 15-5 north of a line drawn from a point on West Redonda Island at 50°18.12' north latitude and 124°55.48' west longitude, thence westerly to a point on the east coast of Raza Island at 50°18.26' north latitude and 124°58.10' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on George Head on the mainland at 50°20.66' north latitude and 124°57.92' west longitude, thence easterly following the shoreline to 50°20.67' north latitude and 124°45.20' west longitude, thence southeasterly following the boundary line to Brettell Point at 50°19.51' north latitude and 124°44.15' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to a point at 50°07.77' north latitude and 124°43.27' west longitude, thence westerly to point on the southeast shore of West Redonda Island at 50°07.87' north latitude and 124°48.03' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly following the shoreline of West Redonda Island back to the point of commencement.

Last updated: 2022-10-01 02:07:58

Area Map Area description
Mitlenatch Island Waters within 0.5 nautical miles of Mitlenatch Island.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) All waters within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:35

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

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Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 15 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 15 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 15 0/0/0 Closed
Other crab 15 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 15 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 15 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:28:41

Restrictions

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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.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat.
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 15 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
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 18:36:31

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) All waters within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:31

Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 15 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 15 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Barnacles, Goose 15 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 15 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 15 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 15 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 15 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 15 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 15 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 15 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 15 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 15 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 15 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 15 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:31:08

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.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat.
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 18:36:54

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15) All waters within 0.8 km of Vivian Island, approx. 8 km west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Rebecca Rock, west of Powell River. All waters within 0.5 km of Dinner Rock, just south of Lund. All waters adjacent to the unnamed reef off Emmonds Beach, approx. 6 km south of Lund. All waters within 1.3 km of Mitlenatch Island, in the upper Strait of Georgia. All within a 0.5 km radius of the southerly end of the Beach Garden Breakwater.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:54

Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure name
15-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Dinner Rock
Mitlenatch Island
15-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Copeland Islands
Mitlenatch Island
15-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Desolation Sound
Pendrell Sound
Teakerne Arm

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:25:20

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Copeland Islands Copeland_Islands.png In Subarea 15-3 those waters in the vicinity of the Copeland Islands that lie inside a line that: begins at 50°02.700' N 124°52.600' W in water then to 50°03.0 50o03.000'N 124°51.800' W in water then to 50°02.030' N 124°49.700' W in water then to 49°59.700' N 124°47.500' W in water then to 49°58.900' N 124°49.000' W in water then to the beginning point. This includes all the waters of the Copeland Islands Marine Park shown on Chart No. 3538, published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service of the Department.
Desolation Sound Desolation_Sound.png Those waters of Subarea 15-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 50°08.500'N 124°46.915'W Redonda Island then to 50°09.400'N 124°39.160'W Price Point then following the shoreline in a southwesterly direction to 50°04.500'N 124°48.332'W Zephine Head then to 50°04.750'N 124°50.413'W Kinghorn Island then following the northeasterly shoreline of Kinghorn Island to 50°05.277'N 124°50.976'W Kinghorn Island then to 50°06.948'N 124°50.982'W Refuge Cove Light then northeasterly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Dinner Rock Dinner_Rock.png Those waters of Subarea 15-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°56.897'N 124°43.131'W near Dinner Rock then to 49°56.300'N 124°44.000'W in water then to 49°54.900'N 124°41.200'W in water then to 49°55.600'N 124°40.174'W shoreline then northwesterly following the shoreline to the beginning point
Mitlenatch Island Mitlenatch_Island.png Those waters of Subareas 13-1, 14-13, 15-2 and 15-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°58.500'N 125°01.900'W in water then to 49°58.500'N 124°58.100'W in water then to 49°55.500'N 124°58.100'W in water then to 49°55.500'N 125°01.900'W in water then to the beginning point
Pendrell Sound Pendrell_Sound.png In Subarea 15-5 the waters of Pendrell Sound that lie northerly of a line: From 50°12.590'N 124°45.500'W Walter Point To 50°12.300'N 124°44.800'W Durnham Point
Teakerne Arm Teakerne_Arm.png Those waters of Teakerne Arm in Subarea 15-5 that lie easterly of the meridian passing through 124°54.000' west longitude.

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:25:20

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