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BC tidal area 18 Saltspring, Pender, Mayne and Saturna Islands, and Saanich Peninsula: 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 18: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management area 18
Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 18-1 to 18-5,18-11 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
18-6 to 18-8,18-10 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
18-9 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 18 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery) 18 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (wild) 18 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 18 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 18 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-12-01 01:50:22

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Salmon 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.
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.
Fulford Harbour Gear Restriction Single-Pointed Barbless Hook Only a single-pointed barbless hook may be used
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 and wild combined) 18 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.
18-8 Daily Limit Pieces 2 - Two Coho per day, of which one (1) may be unmarked (wild) in Subarea 18-8, and 18-7, inside of a line between Separation Point and Cherry Point.
Coho salmon (hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

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Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Fulford Harbour Fulford Harbour inside or NW of a line between a fishing boundary sign located near the navigation light and Jackson Rock on the north shore of Fulford Harbour across the Harbour to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.

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Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 18 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern anchovy 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other finfish species 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific sand lance 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific sardine 18 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Surf smelt 18 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Codfish 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open
Halibut 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving -/-/10 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 18 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 18 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All species combined 18 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Bocaccio 18 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Yelloweye 18 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 18 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sculpin 18 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species 18 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Shark, Basking 18 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 18 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 18 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 18 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 18 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Shark, Sixgill 18 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 18 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 18 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny dogfish 18 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 18 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Trout (hatchery) 18 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (wild) 18 0/0/- Non-retention
Wolf eel 18 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention

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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Herring 18 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 18 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.
18 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).
18 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 18 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish, All species combined 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).
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.
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.
18 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

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Area descriptions

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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)
18-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-3 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
18-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-7 Clam, Horse;Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Geoduck;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
18-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
18-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Last updated: 2022-12-01 00:05:52

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 18 Hand Digging 20/40/-
Clam, Horse 18 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 18 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Manila 18 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Razor 18 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 18 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 18 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Cockles 18 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 18 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 18 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 18 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 18 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 18 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 18 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 18 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 18 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 18 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 18 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2022-12-01 00:05:34

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.
Bivalve Species 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.
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.
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.
18 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 18 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.
18 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 18 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

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Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
18.1 Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, Boatswain Bank 18.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Cowichan Bay, including Genoa Bay and Boatswain Bank, lying inside a line drawn from Separation Point to Hatch Point. [NAD83]
18.10 Horton Bay, Mayne Island 18.10.jpeg "The waters and intertidal foreshore of Horton Bay, Mayne Island, inside a line drawn from Aitken Point at 48°49.85’ north latitude and 123°14.79’ west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land at 48°49.48’ north latitude and 123°14.53’ west longitude located east of the public dock. [NAD83]
18.11 Village Bay, Mayne Island 18.11.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Village Bay, Mayne Island, lying inside a line drawn from a point on land 125 m north of the ferry dock to Crane Point. [NAD83]
18.13 Annette Inlet, Prevost Island 18.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Annette Inlet, Prevost Island, lying inside a line drawn across the narrowest point at the west end of the inlet. [NAD83]
18.14 Boot Cove, Saturna Island 18.14.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Boot Cove, lying inside of a line from a point on land at 48°47.71' north latitude and 123°12.11' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point on land at 48°47.72' north latitude and 123°12.03' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.15 Northeast Saanich Peninsula 18.15.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Saanich Peninsula, lying between Curteis Point at 48°40.49' north latitude and 123°23.79' west longitude and Moses Point at 48°41.35' north latitude and 123°29.13' west longitude, which lies at the eastern boundary of the beach access road at the foot of Seabreeze Road. [NAD 83]
18.16 Long Harbour, Saltspring Island 18.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Long Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn from the north side at 48°51.82' north latitude and 123°27.91' west longitude to the opposite shore at 48°51.77' north latitude and 123°28.00' west longitude. [NAD 83].
18.17 - Madrona Bay, Saltspring Island 18.17.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Madrona Bay, Saltspring Island, lying north of a line drawn from a point of land at 48°51.31' north latitude and 123°29.08' west longitude due east to a point of land at 48°51.31' north latitude and 123°28.75' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.18 Unnamed bays E of Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Is. 18.18.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the three unnamed bays east of Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn from the western headland at 48°45.45' north latitude and 123°24.85' west longitude thence due south to Louisa Rock, thence on a true bearing of 50° to the northeasterly headland at 48°45.50' north latitude and 123°24.45' west longitude. [NAD 83].
18.20 Selby Cove, Prevost Island 18.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Selby Cove, Prevost Island, lying inside a line drawn across the entrance to the cove. [NAD83]
18.21 Port Browning, North Pender Island 18.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Port Browning, North Pender Island, inside a line drawn from the public wharf on the northern shore of Port Browning at 48°46.70' north latitude and 123°15.95' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the edge of the rocky shoal at 48°46.30' north latitude and 123°16.35' west longitude. [NAD 27].
18.22 James Bay, Prevost Island 18.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of James Bay, Prevost Island, from a point of land on the south shore at 48°50.43' north latitude and 123°23.85' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the north shore at 48°50.50' north latitude and 123°23.72' west longitude. [NAD 83].
18.23 1.4 km From Walker Spit, Ganges Hbr. Saltspring Is 18.23.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore on the southern shore of Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, from an abandoned wharf at 48°49.78' north latitude and 123°27.65' west longitude, thence approximately 150 meters eastward to 48°49.75' north latitude and 123°27.53' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.24 Cusheon Creek, Saltspring island 18.24.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Cusheon Creek , lying between a point on land northwesterly of Cusheon Creek at 48°48.51' north latitude and 123°25.44' west longitude, and a point on land southeasterly of Cusheon Creek at 48°48.17' north latitude and 123°25.15' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.26 Shark Cove 18.26.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Shark Cove, inside of a line from a southerly point on land at 48°45.95' north latitude and 123°15.46' west longitude, thence northerly to a point on land near the end of Mortimer Spit at 48°46.02' north latitude and 123°15.48' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.28 Bedwell Harbour, North Pender Island 18.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Bedwell Bay, North Pender Island, lying inside of a line from a point of land at 48°45.76' north latitude and 123°15.62' west longitude thence southerly to a point of land at 48°45.46' north latitude and 123°15.90' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.29 Dinner Bay, Mayne Island 18.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Dinner Bay lying east of a line drawn from a point of land on Mayne Island at 48°50.23' north latitude and 123°19.42' west longitude, thence southwest to a point on land on Mayne Island at 48°50.09' north latitude and 123°19.59' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.3 Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island 18.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Fulford Harbour, Saltspring Island, lying inside a line drawn in a due east-west direction through the quick-flashing red light on the southeast side of the harbour. [NAD83]
18.30 Princess Bay, Portland Island 18.30.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Princess Bay located inside a line drawn from a point of land on Portland Island at 48°43.05 north latitude and 123°22.26' west longitude, thence northeast to the southernmost point of the unnamed island located north of the Tortoise Islets at 48°43.08' north latitude and 123°22.08' west longitude, thence northeast to a point of land at 48°43.11' north latitude and 123°22.03' west longitude, thence following the shoreline to the easternmost point of the unnamed island at 48°43.15' north latitude and 123°22.02' west longitude, thence due north to the shore of Portland Island at 48°43.24' north latitude and 123°22.02' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.32 Stanley Point to Wallace Point, North Pender Island 18.32.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore along the west side of North Pender Island inside a line drawn from a point on land at Stanley Point at 48°49.32' north latitude and 123°19.33' west longitude to Point Liddell, Prevost Island, at 48°48.56' north latitude and 123°21.89' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°45.75' north latitude and 123°19.98' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°43.08' north latitude and 123°15.10' west longitude, then northeasterly to Wallace Point at 48°44.18' north latitude and 123°13.88' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline of North Pender Island to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
18.33 Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island 18.33.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Burgoyne Bay lying inside a line drawn from a point on land at 48°47.66' north latitude and 123°31.31' west longitude southeasterly following the high water mark to a point on land at 48°47.46' north latitude and 123°31.08' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on land at 48°47.27' north latitude and 123°31.20' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the high water mark to a point on land at 48°47.37' north latitude and 123°31.63' west longitude, and thence northeasterly in a straight line to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
18.34 A portion of Narvaez Bay 18.34.jpeg A portion of Narvaez Bay - The waters and intertidal foreshore of the head of Narvaez Bay lying west of a line drawn from a point on land at 48°46.75' north latitude and 123°06.36' west longitude thence southwesterly to a point on land at 48°46.59' north latitude and 123°06.44' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.35 Head of the Bay, south of Reynard Point on northwest Moresby Island 18.35.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the head of the bay south of Reynard Point on northwest Moresby Island lying east of a line drawn from a point of land at 48º43.82' north latitude and 123º19.86' west longitude thence southeasterly to a point of land at 48°43.61' north latitude and 123°19.63' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.36 - East side of Tumbo Island 18.36.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the unnamed bay on the east side of Tumbo Island, lying west of a line drawn from Savage Point at 48°47.86' north latitude and 123°03.66' west longitude thence southeasterly to Tumbo Point at 48°47.63' north latitude and 123°03.08' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.37 Bennett Bay, Mayne Island 18.37.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bennett Bay, Mayne Island, inside a line drawn from a point on land at 48°50.64', north latitude and 123°15.00' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point of land at 48°50.78' north latitude and 123°14.65' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.4 Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island 18.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Ganges Harbour, Saltspring Island, including Walter Bay lying inside a line drawn from the shore of Saltspring Island at 48°51.30 north latitude and 123°29.31' west longitude thence easterly to the west end of Goat Island at 48°51.17' north latitude and 123°29.00' west longitude and thence southerly to Rock Point at 48°50.40' north latitude and 123°28.40' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.7 Bedwell Harbour, South Pender Island 18.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bedwell Harbour, lying inside of a line drawn across the harbour from a point on land on the south-western shore of South Pender Island located at 48°45.24' north latitude and 123°14.48' west longitude thence south-easterly to a point on land at 48°44.70' north latitude 123°13.75' west longitude. [NAD83]
18.8 Hope Bay, North Pender Island 18.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hope Bay, north Pender Island, lying inside, that is south of, a line drawn from the land end of the government dock to Auchterlonie Point on the opposite side. [NAD83]
18.9 Maple Bay 18.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Maple Bay, lying inside a line drawn from a point on the west shore located at 48°49.06 north latitude and 123°36.30' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the eastern shore at 48°48.25' north latitude and 123°35.72' west longitude [NAD 83 ].

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Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 18 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 18 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 18 0/0/0 Closed
Other crab 18 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 18 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 18 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-12-01 00:05:39

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.
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 18 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
18 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.
Burgoyne Bay Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 125g/week Consumption of crab hepatopancreas in Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island should not exceed 60 g/week; Maple Bay, 125 g/week.
Maple Bay Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 125g/week Consumption of crab hepatopancreas in Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island should not exceed 60 g/week; Maple Bay, 125 g/week.
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
Burgoyne Bay Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island
Maple Bay Maple_Bay.png Maple Bay

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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 18 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 18 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Barnacles, Goose 18 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 18 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 18 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 18 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 18 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 18 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 18 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 18 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 18 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 18 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 18 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 18 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 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.
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

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Protected areas

Protected areas

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Area Type Closure name
18-1 Glass Sponge Reef Outer Gulf Islands 1
Outer Gulf Islands 2
Outer Gulf Islands 3
Outer Gulf Islands 4
Rockfish Conservation Area Bell Chain Islets
Mayne Island North
18-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Prevost Island North
18-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Prevost Island North
18-4 Rockfish Conservation Area Bedwell Harbour
18-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Navy Channel
South Saturna
18-6 Rockfish Conservation Area Brethour, Domville, Forrest, Gooch Islands
Coal Island
Portland Island
18-7 Rockfish Conservation Area Burgoyne Bay
Maple Bay
Patey Rock
18-10 Rockfish Conservation Area Russell Island
18-11 Rockfish Conservation Area Bell Chain Islets

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Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Bedwell Harbour Bedwell_Harbour.png In Subarea 18-4 that portion of Bedwell Harbour that lies northerly of a line: from 48°44.200'N 123°13.900'W Wallace Point to 48°43.950'N 123°12.483'W Tilly Point and southeasterly of a line: from 48°45.250'N 123°14.500'W South Pender Island to 48°44.900'N 123°14.750'W North Pender Island
Bell Chain Islets Bell_Chain_Islets.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 18-11 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.309'N 123°14.775'W Edith Point then to 48°49.500'N 123°09.200'W in water then to 48°48.433'N 123°10.000'W Saturna Island then following the northerly shoreline of Saturna Island to 48°48.827'N 123°11.333'W Winter Point then to 48°48.863'N 123°11.351'W Ralph Grey Point then following the northerly shoreline of Samuel Island to 48°50.000'N 123°14.000'W Grainger Point then to 48°50.797'N 123°14.636'W Campbell Point then to the beginning point.
Brethour, Domville, Forrest, Gooch Islands Brethour,_Domville,_Forrest,_Gooch_Islands.png Those waters of Subareas 18-6 and 19-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°41.650'N 123°19.978'W Imrie Island then to 48°41.088'N 123°17.622'W Arachne Reef Light then following the boundary line between Subarea 18-6 and 19-5 to the intersection with the International Boundary between the United States and Canada, then following the International Boundary in a southerly direction to the intersection with the parallel passing through 48°39.800' north latitude, then to 48°39.738'N 123°16.551'W Tom Point then to 48°38.989'N 123°18.081'W South Cod Reef Buoy then to 48°39.400'N 123°19.645'W Forrest Island then following the northerly shoreline of Forrest Island to 48°39.963'N 123°20.467'W Forrest Island then to 48°40.865'N 123°20.410'W Greig Island Daybeacon then to the beginning point.
Burgoyne Bay Those waters of Subarea 18-7 that lie easterly of a line: from 48°47.263'N 123°33.243'W Bold Bluff Point to 48°48.417'N 123°32.813'W shoreline
Coal Island Coal_Island.png Those waters of Subareas 18-6 and 19-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°41.278'N 123°24.124'W Swartz Head then to 48°41.474'N 123°23.289'W Fir Cone Point Light then following the westerly shoreline of Coal Island to 48°40.753'N 123°22.626'W west of Kamai Point then to 48°40.232'N 123°22.669'W Little Shell Island then to 48°40.047'N 123°23.859'W Armstrong Point then westerly following the shoreline to 48°40.179'N 123°24.273'W Tsehum Harbour Breakwater then to 48°40.478'N 123°23.804'W Curteis Point then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Maple Bay Maple_Bay.png Those waters of Maple Bay in Subarea 18-7 that lie westerly of a line: from 48°49.314'N 123°35.195'W Arbutus Point to 48°48.504'N 123°35.333'W Paddy Mile Stone
Mayne Island North Mayne_Island_North.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°53.163'N 123°19.250'W Cain Point then true north to 48°53.259'N 123°19.250'W Gossip Island then following the easterly shoreline of Gossip Island to 48°53.671'N 123°19.367'W Gossip Island then to 48°53.950'N 123°19.100'W in water then to 48°52.300'N 123°15.200'W in water then true south to 48°51.550'N 123°15.200'W Mayne Island, near Edith Point then northwesterly following the Mayne Island shoreline to 48°52.398'N 123°17.487'W Active Pass Light then to 48°53.099'N 123°18.362'W Gossip Shoals Light and Bell Buoy U47 then to 48°52.778'N 123°18.724'W Rip Point then northwesterly following the shoreline of Galiano Island to the beginning point.
Navy Channel Navy_Channel.png That portion of Subarea 18-5 that lies easterly of a line: from 48°50.000'N 123°19.678'W Dinner Point to 48°49.141'N 123°19.632'W Stanley Point and northwesterly of a line: from 48°48.900'N 123°13.933'W west of St. John Point to 48°48.200'N 123°16.554'W north shore of Hope Bay
Outer Gulf Islands 1 Outer_Gulf_Islands_1.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°54.936'N 123°19.589'W then southerly to 48°54.283'N 123°18.529'W then to 48°54.114'N 123°18.619'W then to 48°54.065'N 123°18.771'W then to 48°54.787'N 123°19.929'W then to 48°54.902'N 123°19.793'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 2 Outer_Gulf_Islands_2.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°52.588'N 123°15.261'W then easterly to 48°52.520'N 123°14.537'W then to 48°51.971'N 123°13.768'W then to 48°51.795'N 123°13.947'W then to 48°52.150'N 123°14.444'W then to 48°52.038'N 123°14.678'W then to 48°52.479'N 123°15.521'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 3 Outer_Gulf_Islands_3.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.602'N 123°13.233'W then southerly to 48°51.309'N 123°12.751'W then to 48°50.913'N 123°12.938'W then to 48°50.844'N 123°13.059'W then to 48°51.163'N 123°13.662'W then to 48°51.579'N 123°13.378'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 4 Outer_Gulf_Islands_4.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°50.999'N 123°12.391'W then southerly to 48°50.608'N 123°11.603'W then to 48°50.097'N 123°10.956'W then to 48°49.959'N 123°11.182'W then to 48°50.857'N 123°12.654'W then to 48°50.959'N 123°12.566'W then to the beginning point.
Patey Rock Patey_Rock.png Those waters of Subarea 18-7 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°42.250'N 123°31.500'W in water then true east to 48°42.250'N 123°30.500'W in water then true south to 48°41.850'N 123°30.500'W in water then true west to 48°41.850'N 123°31.500'W in water then to the beginning point.
Portland Island Portland_Island.png That portion of Subarea 18-6 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°44.100'N 123°22.200'W northern tip of Portland Island then to 48°44.012'N 123°20.404'W Canoe Rock Light then to 48°43.339'N 123°21.045'W Pellow Islets Light Buoy U15 then to 48°42.639'N 123°22.962'W Celia Reef Light Buoy U14 then to 48°43.559'N 123°23.215'W Kanaka Bluff Light then following the northwesterly shoreline of Portland Island to the beginning point.
Prevost Island North Prevost_Island_North.png Those waters of Subareas 17-1, 18-2 and 18-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.000'N 123°25.423'W Athol Peninsula then to 48°51.623'N 123°23.465'W Ben Mohr Light Buoy then to 48°49.949'N 123°21.550'W near Portlock Point then following the northwesterly shoreline of Prevost Island to 48°48.544'N 123°21.940'W Point Liddell then to 48°48.618'N 123°22.902'W Acland Islands Light Buoy then to 48°49.854'N 123°25.033'W Horda Shoals Light Buoy then to 48°50.552'N 123°25.175'W Nose Point Light then following the shoreline of Athol Peninsula to the beginning point.
Russell Island Russell_Island.png Those waters of Subarea 18-10 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°45.220'N 123°23.222'W Eleanor Point then to 48°44.565'N 123°24.558'W Cecil Rock then to 48°45.308'N 123°25.583'W near Jackson Rock then easterly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
South Saturna South_Saturna.png That portion of Subarea 18-5 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°46.842'N 123°04.846'W near Fiddlers Cove then to 48°44.750'N 123°05.000'W in water then to 48°43.462'N 123°09.600'W in water then to 48°44.139'N 123°11.029'W Gowlland Point Light then following the northerly shoreline of South Pender Island to 48°45.330'N 123°12.200'W north of Little Bay then to 48°46.473'N 123°12.154'W Croker Point Light then following the southerly shoreline of Saturna Island to the beginning point.

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