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BC tidal area 16 - Sechelt Inlet, Jervis Inlet, 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.

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

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Management area 16
Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

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Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 16 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 16 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery) 16 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (wild) 16 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 16 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 16 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-21 10:55:21

Restrictions

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Species Areas Measure type Measure value
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.
16 Minimum Size (cm) 62 cm - The minimum size for Chinook salmon in this area is 62 cm.
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) 16 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.
Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay Daily Limit Pieces 4 - Four Coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.
Minimum Size (cm) 30 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 8
Coho salmon (hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Last updated: 2022-09-21 10:55:42

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay Subarea 16-5 and a portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay), southerly of a line from Nine Mile Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.

Last updated: 2022-09-21 10:55:42

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

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:24:23

Restrictions

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Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Herring 16 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 16 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.
16 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).
16 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 16 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.
16 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:59

Area descriptions

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Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:59

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)
16-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-5 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-6 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-7 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-8 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-9 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-10 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-11 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-12 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-13 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-16 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-17 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
16-18 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-19 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-20 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-21 Closed to All Bivalve Species
16-22 Clam, Horse;Geoduck

Last updated: 2022-11-25 13:25:30

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 16 Hand Digging 20/40/-
Clam, Horse 16 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 16 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Manila 16 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Razor 16 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 16 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 16 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Cockles 16 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 16 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 16 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 16 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 16 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 16 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 16 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 16 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 16 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 16 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 16 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:30:48

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.
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.
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.
16 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 16 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.
16 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 16 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:46

Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
16.1 Pender Harbour 16.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Pender Harbour, including Gunboat Bay and Bargain Harbour, lying east of a line drawn from the southernmost tip of the point of land between Bill Bay and Dingham Bay at 49°37.90' north latitude and 124°03.07' west longitude thence southeasterly to the red lateral buoy designated Q40, located at or near 49°37.67' north latitude and 124°02.71' west longitude, thence due south to a point on land west of Donnely Landing at 49°37.60' north latitude and 124°02.71' west longitude; and north of a line drawn from the most southeasterly point of Francis Peninsula at 49°36.36' north latitude and 124°02.22' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the closest point on the opposite shore at 49°36.50' north latitude and 124°02.06' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.10 Blind Bay, Nelson Island 16.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southern portion of Blind Bay on Nelson Island commencing from the overgrown landing northeast of the Clio Islands, at 49°43.50' N latitude and 124°10.10' W longitude, thence southwesterly along the inter-tidal foreshore to the unnamed headland at 49°43.20' N latitude and 124°10.44' W longitude, thence southwesterly across the entrance to Ballet Bay to an unnamed headland on the opposite side at 49°43.06' N latitude and 124°10.96' W longitude, thence southwesterly along the inter-tidal foreshore to an unnamed point northeast of Kelly Island at 49°42.73' N latitude and 124°12.15' W longitude. [NAD83]
16.13 Unnamed Bay E. of Four Mile Point, Sechelt Inlet 16.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small unnamed bay east of Four Mile Point, Sechelt Inlet, the western point at 49°31.40' north latitude and 123°46.60' west longitude, thence easterly to the foot of the boat launching ramp at 49°31.40' north latitude and 123°46.40' west longitude [NAD 83].
16.19 Saltery Bay 16.19.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Saltery Bay north of a line drawn across the mouth of the bay from a point of land on the west side of Saltery Bay at 49°46.73' north latitude and 124°10.85' west longitude easterly to a point of land on the east side of the bay at 49°46.75' north latitude and 124°10.25' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.2 Secret Cove, Sechelt Peninsula 16.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Secret Cove, Sechelt Peninsula, lying inside a line drawn from the point on the mainland nearest the northwest tip of Turnagain Island to the northwest tip of Turnagain Island, thence along the western shoreline of the island to the most southerly point on the said island, and thence southeast to the mainland opposite. [NAD83]
16.20 McLean Bay, Sechelt Inlet 16.20.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of McLean Bay, located in northern Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet, northerly of a line drawn true west from the point on shore where an arm of Angus Creek meets the edge of the beach at 49°30.43' north latitude and 123°45.41' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly along the low tide mark to a point at the western edge of the beach at 49°30.80' north latitude and 123°45.60' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.21 Long Bay on Jedediah Island 16.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Long Bay and Boom Bay on Jedediah Island east of a line drawn from a point of land on the north side of the entrance at 49°30.08' north latitude and 124°12.78' west longitude thence southerly to the south side of the entrance to a point of land at 49°29.93' north latitude and 124°12.71' west longitude. [NAD 83]
16.22 Home Bay, Jedediah Island 16.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Home Bay, Jedediah Island lying westerly of a line drawn from the northern entrance at 49°30.00'North latitude and 124°11.60'West longitude thence southerly to the north end of the small island in Home Bay at 49°29.95' North latitude and 124°11.60' West longitude thence southerly to the south end of the smallisland at 49°29.80' North latitude and 124°11.50' West longitude thence southerly to Jedediah Island at 49°29.70' North latitude and 124°11.50' West longitude. [NAD83]
16.23 Skwawka River, Queen's Reach 16.23.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Queens Reach, at the head of Jervis Inlet, from a point on land south of the mouth of the Lausmann Creek at 50°11.55' north latitude and 123°58.75' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on land east of the mouth of the Skwawka River at 50°12.80' north latitude and 123°58.72' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.24 Unnamed bay in Skookumchuck Narrows 16.24.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small unnamed bay in Skookumchuck Narrows, Sechelt Inlet, lying east of a line drawn from the western headland at 49°46.02' north latitude and 123°56.20' west longitude, thence northerly to a rock outcrop on the opposite shore at 49°46.12' north latitude and 123°56.15' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.27 North Nelson Island 16.27.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of northern Nelson Island lying inside of a line drawn from an unnamed point on land at 49°46.47' north latitude and 124°04.04' west longitude, thence westerly across the small bay to an unnamed point on land at 49°46.46' north latitude and 124°04.50' west longitude [NAD83].
16.28 Lena Bay 16.28.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Lena Bay, Hotham Sound, from an unnamed point on land at 49°55.23' north latitude and 124°01.53' west longitude, thence southeasterly along the northern foreshore of Lena Bay to an unnamed point on land southeast of the mouth of Lena Creek at 49°55.17' north and 124°01.34' west longitude [NAD83].
16.29 Squitty Bay, Lasqueti Island 16.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Squitty Bay, at the east end of Lasqueti Island, inside a line drawn across the entrance to the bay starting from a point on the north side at 49°27.18' north latitude and 124°09.90' west longitude and, thence due south to a point on the south side. [NAD83]
16.3 Gillies Bay, Texada Island 16.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Gillies Bay, Texada Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land on Texada Island, southeast of the intersection of Dogwood Street and Sanderson Road at 49°40.35¿ north latitude and 124°29.44¿ west longitude, to a point on land on Texada Island south west of Gillies Bay Road at 49°40.39¿ north latitude and 124°28.41¿ west longitude.¿ [NAD83]
16.30 Poise Island 16.30.jpeg The intertidal foreshore surrounding Poise Island, located in Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet. [NAD83]
16.32 Quarry Bay, Nelson Island 16.32.jpeg The waters and inter-tidal foreshore of the middle cove in Quarry Bay, Nelson Island, northeast of a line drawn from a point on land at 49°39.94' north latitude and 124°07.66' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land on the opposite shore at 49°39.88' north latitude and 124°07.61' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.34 East side of Agamemnon Channel 16.34.jpeg The waters and inter-tidal foreshore east of the unnamed islet located on the east side of Agamemnon Channel, inside a line drawn from the northernmost point of the islet at 49° 43.44' north latitude and 124°02.15' west longitude, thence true east to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49°43.44' north latitude and 124°02.11' west longitude, thence southerly along the inter-tidal foreshore to a point on land at 49°43.38' north latitude and 124°02.16' west longitude, thence true north to the southernmost point of the islet at 49°43.41' north latitude and 124°02.16' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.35 A portion of Narrows Inlet 16.35.jpeg The intertidal waters of the southern foreshore of Narrows Inlet from a point on land at the western edge of the sandy beach at 49°40.69' north latitude and 123°48.91' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on land east of the mouth of an unnamed creek at 49°40.83' north latitude and 123°48.35' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.36 A portion of Scottie Bay 16.36.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southern portion of Scottie Bay south of Lindbergh Island lying inside a line that begins from a point of land on the northeastern most tip of Lindbergh Island at 49°30.92' north latitude and 124°20.49' west longitude thence in a due south direction to a point on land on Lasqueti Island at 49°30.81' north latitude and 124°20.49' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline on Lasqueti Island to a point on land at 49°30.97' north latitude and 124°20.91' west longitude, thence in a due east direction to a point of land on Lindbergh Island at 49°30.97' north latitude and 124°20.83' west longitude, thence following the shoreline on Lindbergh Island in an easterly direction to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
16.37 West side of Sechelt Inlet 16.37.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of western Sechelt Inlet from a point on land at the old log dump at the northern edge of the cobble beach at 49°37.56' north latitude and 123°50.66' west longitude, thence southerly for approximately 400 m to a point on land where the cobble rocks end and the larger rocks begin at 49°37.37' north latitude and 123°50.54' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.38 Eastern shore of Narrows Inlet 16.38.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of the eastern shore of Narrows Inlet commencing from a point on land at the mouth of the unnamed creek located at 49°41.65' north latitude and 123°47.26' west longitude, thence northerly to Tzoonie Point at 49°42.13' north latitude and 123°47.25' west longitude. [NAD 83]
16.4 Thunder Bay, Jervis Inlet 16.4.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Thunder Bay, from the headland at the entrance to Maude Cove at 49°45.83' north latitude and 124°16.03' west longitude, thence along the entire foreshore of Thunder Bay to the end of the beach at the northeast end of the bay at 49°46.51' north latitude and 124°15.83' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.42 Unnamed Bay southwest of Potter Point, Lasqueti Island 16.42.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay southwest of Potter Point, Lasqueti Island, south of a line from Potter Point at 49°30.09' north latitude and 124°16.23' west longitude, thence due west to a point on land at 49°30.09' north latitude and 124°16.40' west longitude. [NAD 83]
16.45 Green Bay, Nelson Island 16.45.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Green Bay, Nelson Island north of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°42.60' north latitude and 124°04.93' west longitude, thence true easterly to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49°42.60' north latitude and 124°04.75' west longitude. [NAD83].
16.46 Southwest St. Vincent Bay 16.46.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of southwest St. Vincent Bay west of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°49.32' north latitude and 124°05.59' west longitude southwesterly to a point on land at 49°48.97' north latitude and 124°06.00' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.48 Stakawus Creek at Deserted Bay, northern Jervis Inlet 16.48.jpeg The intertidal foreshore adjacent to the mouth of Stakawus Creek at Deserted Bay, northern Jervis Inlet, from the northeasternmost piling at 50°04.56' north latitude and 123°46.13' west longitude southwesterly along the low water mark to a moss covered rock face at 50°04.31' north latitude and 123°46.88' west longitude located on the opposite side of the creek mouth. [NAD83]
16.49 Hidden Basin, Nelson Island 16.49.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Hidden Basin, Nelson Island, lying north of a line drawn across the entrance to the small cove from a point on land at 49°42.74' north latitude and 124°10.27' west longitude, thence due east to a point on land on the opposite shore at 49°42.74' north latitude and 124°10.15' west longitude. °
16.5 Churchill Bay, Francis Peninsula 16.5.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Churchill Bay, Francis Peninsula, lying within a 200 m radius of the northernmost point of the bay. [NAD83]
16.50 Anderson Bay, Lasqueti Island 16.50.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Anderson Bay, along the northeast end of Lasqueti Island, south of a line drawn from a point on land at 49°28.85' north latitude and 124°12.85' west longitude southeasterly to a point on land at 49°28.77' north latitude and 124°12.64' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.51 - Southeast Baker Bay, Hotham Sound 16.51.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of southeast Baker Bay, Hotham Sound, within a 160 m radius centered at the westernmost point of land on the small islet at 49°55.02' north latitude and 124°01.98' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.6 Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet 16.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Porpoise Bay, Sechelt Inlet, extending from a point on shore at the southern boundary of Porpoise Bay Provincial Park at 49°30.25' north latitude and 123°45.00' west longitude thence southerly along the foreshore to the dock at 49°29.40' north latitude and 123°44.95' west longitude thence westerly to the headland on the opposite shore at 49°29.45' north latitude and 123°45.75' west longitude thence northerly along the foreshore to a point on shore at 49°29.75' north latitude and 123°46.05' west longitude [NAD 83].
16.7 Vancouver Bay, Jervis Inlet 16.7.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Vancouver Bay, Jervis Inlet, inside a line drawn from the southernmost point of land on the north side of the Vancouver River at 49°55.32' north latitude and 123°52.20' west longitude, thence southwest to the mouth of the north arm of the Vancouver River at 49°55.27' north latitude and 123°52.37' west longitude, thence south along the low water mark to the dock at 49°54.85' north latitude and 123°52.15' west longitude. [NAD83]
16.8 Halfmoon Bay, Sechelt Inlet 16.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Halfmoon Bay lying inside a line drawn from the eastern tip of the unnamed island immediately east of Jeddah Point to the unnamed point in line with the south end of the Redroofs bridge. [NAD83]
16.9 Long Bay, Lasqueti Island 16.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay, locally known as Long Bay, immediately east of Potter Point, Tucker Bay, Lasqueti Island. [NAD83]

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Crab

Crab

Species regulations

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Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 16 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 16 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 16 0/0/0 Closed
Other crab 16 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 16 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 16 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

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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.
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 16 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
16 Time of Day Restrictions Daylight Hours - It is illegal to set or haul crab traps from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise; overnight soaking of traps is allowed.
Gunboat Bay Closed The waters of Gunboat Bay inside a line from the B.C. Hydro lines at the entrance to Gunboat Bay, are closed to harvesting crab, all year.
Pender Harbour Recreational Crab Gear Restriction Area Gear Restriction Pender Harbour, east of a line from Henry Point at 49°37.878'N and 124°03.443'W to Francis Peninsula at 49°37.497'N and 124°03.443'W, it is prohibited to use any gear other than ring nets or dip nets.
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

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Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Gunboat Bay The waters of Gunboat Bay inside a line from the B.C. Hydro lines at the entrance to Gunboat Bay, are closed to harvesting crab, all year
Pender Harbour Recreational Crab Gear Restriction Area Pender_Harbour_Recreational_Crab_Gear_Restriction_Area.jpeg Pender Harbour, east of a line from Henry Point at 49°37.878'N and 124°03.443'W to Francis Peninsula at 49°37.497'N and 124°03.443'W.

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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 16 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 16 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Barnacles, Goose 16 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 16 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 16 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 16 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 16 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 16 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 16 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 16 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 16 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 16 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 16 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 16 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)

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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.
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.

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Protected areas

Protected areas

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Area Type Closure name
16-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands
Thormanby Island
16-2 Rockfish Conservation Area McNaughton Point
16-11 Rockfish Conservation Area Hardy Island
16-12 Rockfish Conservation Area Hotham Sound
16-15 Rockfish Conservation Area Princess Louisa Inlet
Queens Reach East
Queens Reach West
16-16 Rockfish Conservation Area Nelson Island
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-17 Rockfish Conservation Area Salmon Inlet
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-18 Rockfish Conservation Area Malaspina Strait
Sinclair Bank
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-19 Rockfish Conservation Area Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands
Skookumchuck Narrows
16-21 Rockfish Conservation Area Davie Bay
Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands

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Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Davie Bay Davie_Bay.png Those waters of Subarea 16-21 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°36.177'N 124°23.857'W near Davie Bay then to 49°35.500'N 124°24.500'W in water then to 49°33.750'N 124°20.700'W in water then to 49°34.552'N 124°19.900'W shoreline then following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Hardy Island Hardy_Island.png The waters of Subarea 16-11 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°45.100'N 124°13.250'W Ball Point then to 49°45.700'N 124°13.750'W in water then to 49°46.400'N 124°05.455'W east side of Vanguard Bay then following the shoreline of Nelson Island following the Subarea 16-11 boundary across to Hardy Island, then following the northerly shoreline of Hardy Island to the beginning point
Hotham Sound Hotham_Sound.png The waters of Subarea 16-12 that lie northwesterly of a line: From 49°50.200'N 124°02.281'W Elephant Point To 49°51.567'N 124°00.786'W Harmony Islands then to 49°51.667'N 124°00.527'W shoreline
Malaspina Strait Malaspina_Strait.png Those waters of Subarea 16-18 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°39.200'N 124°11.250'W in water then to 49°36.100'N 124°06.000'W in water then to 49°35.200'N 124°09.400'W in water then to 49°38.600'N 124°13.500'W in water then to the beginning point
McNaughton Point McNaughton_Point.png That portion of Subarea 16-2 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°35.300'N 124°01.300'W in water then to 49°35.400'N 124°00.950'W shoreline then southerly following the shoreline to 49°32.873'N 123°59.410'W near Wood Bay then to 49°32.700'N 123°59.700'W in water then to 49°33.900'N 124°00.700'W in water then to 49°34.600'N 124°00.974'W in water then to the beginning point.
Nelson Island That portion of Subarea 16-16 that lies easterly of the meridian passing through 124°12.050' west longitude. This includes Blind Bay, Billings Bay, Hidden Basin and Cockburn Bay.
Princess Louisa Inlet Princess_Louisa_Inlet.png Those waters of Princess Louisa Inlet in Subarea 16-15 that lie northerly of a line: From 50°09.876'N 123°51.013'W Malibu Rapids To 50°09.852'N 123°50.935'W Malibu Rapids
Queens Reach East Queens_Reach_East.png Those waters of Subarea 16-15 that lie inside a line that: begins at 50°11.423'N 123°56.284'W shoreline then to 50°11.150'N 123°56.600'W in water then to 50°09.500'N 123°52.000'W in water then to 50°09.750'N 123°51.450'W shoreline then northwesterly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Queens Reach West Queens_Reach_West.png The waters of Subarea 16-15 the lie inside a line that: begins at 50°07.948'N 123°51.051'W shoreline then to 50°07.700'N 123°50.100'W in water then to 50°06.132'N 123°49.057'W shoreline then northwesterly following the shoreline to the beginning point
Sabine Channel - Jervis - Jedediah Islands Sabine_Channel-Jervis-Jedediah_Islands.png The waters of Subareas 16-1, 16-19 and 16-21 inside a line that: begins at 49°30.900'N 124°17.500'W West Point then to 49°32.250'N 124°16.750'W in water then to 49°30.567'N 124°12.600'W Jedediah Island then following the northerly shoreline of Jedediah Island to 49°30.100'N 124°11.583'W Jedediah Island then to 49°29.200'N 124°10.200'W Sheer Island then to 49°27.600'N 124°08.500'W in water then to 49°27.500'N 124°10.067'W south of Windy Bay then following the northerly shoreline of Lasqueti Island to the beginning point.
Salmon Inlet Salmon_Inlet.png Those waters of Subarea 16-7 that lie easterly of the meridian passing through 123°43.000' west longitude, near Black Bear Bluff and westerly of a line: From 49°40.928'N 123°33.617'W powerline To 49°40.583'N 123°33.325'W powerline
Sinclair Bank Sinclair_Bank.png Those waters of Subarea 16-18 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°43.400'N 124°18.750'W in water then to 49°43.400'N 124°15.000'W in water then to 49°41.100'N 124°15.000'W in water then to 49°41.100'N 124°18.750'W in water then to the beginning point.
Skookumchuck Narrows Skookumchuck_Narrows.png Those waters of Subareas 16-6 and 16-9 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°44.800'N 123°54.417'W Skookumchuk Narrows then to 49°44.800'N 123°53.473'W Skookumchuk Narrows then southerly following the shoreline to 49°43.517'N 123°52.049'W shoreline then to 49°43.517'N 123°52.781'W Skookum Island Light then to 49°38.900'N 123°50.700'W in water then to 49°37.500'N 123°49.700'W in water then to 49°37.500'N 123°50.600'W shoreline then northerly following the shoreline of Sechelt Peninsula to the beginning point.
Thormanby Island Thormanby_Island.png That portion of Subarea 16-1 that lies southerly of a line that: begins at 49°30.497'N 123°58.937'W South Thormanby Island then to 49°31.123'N 123°59.107'W Tattenham Ledge Light Buoy then to 49°30.726'N 123°58.252'W Grant Island then following the northerly shoreline of Grant Island to 49°30.732'N 123°58.058'W Grant Island then to 49°30.771'N 123°57.940'W Mainland then southerly following the shoreline to 49°30.587'N 123°56.019'W near Square Bay then to 49°29.533'N 123°57.240'W Lemburg Point then northerly following the shoreline of South Thomanby Island to the beginning point.

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