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BC tidal area 19 - Victoria, Sidney: 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 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 19: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management area 19
Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 19 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Jul 31 (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 19 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 19 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until May 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 19 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 19 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish 19-2 Closed
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) Closed
Ogden Point Closed
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.
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Ogden Point Ogden Point Breakwater; consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) In the Victoria area, Ogden Point Breakwater, consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.


2021-04-01 07:25:06

Other finfish

Other finfish

Learn more about fishing for finfish

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 19 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern Anchovy 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Finfish species 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sand Lance 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sardine 19 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf Smelt 19 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
All other shark species 19 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Bocaccio Rockfish 19 0/0/0 Closed until Apr 30
Codfish 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 2/-/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 19 0/0/0 Closed until Apr 30
Perch 19 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 19 0/0/0 Closed until Apr 30
Sablefish 19 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Salmon Shark 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 19 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 19 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 19 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny Dogfish 19 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 19 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (Hatchery) 19 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (Wild) 19 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf Eel 19 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Yelloweye Rockfish 19 0/0/0 Closed until Apr 30


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish 19-2 Closed
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) Closed
Ogden Point Closed
Herring 19 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 Due to conservation concerns the harvesting of eulachon is prohibited.
Codfish 19 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 2 No person shall catch and retain more than ten (10) halibut in the aggregate from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. No person shall retain a halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length. If the Daily Limit is one (1) or two (2), the Possession Limit is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring from 90 cm to 133 cm head-on length - OR - two (2) halibut measuring under 90 cm head-on length. If the Daily Limit is three (3), the Possession Limit is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring from 90 cm to 133 cm head-on length – OR - three (3) halibut measuring under 90 cm head-on length. Notes: (1) The Daily Limit is published in the BC Sport Fishing Guide (link above); (2) Head-off measurement equivalent for 133 cm is 102 cm, for 90 cm is 69 cm; (3) 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.
Coastwide Season Planning Halibut: The recreational halibut fishery continued on April 1, 2021 under the 2021/22 Conditions of Licence, and is expected to close on December 31 2021. For more details please see fishery notice FN0296. Reminder: Until further notice, in order to be consistent with the current border closure in effect for COVID-19, the Department will not be issuing recreational licences to non-residents. Licence issuance to non-residents will resume when border closures are lifted. Subject to the border being open, 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 Annual Limit Pieces 10 - The annual limit is ten (10) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as set out on the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded on the BC 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.
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning See Rockfish Season Planning
19 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 19 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).
Trout (Hatchery & 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.
19 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Ogden Point Ogden Point Breakwater; consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) In the Victoria area, Ogden Point Breakwater, consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.


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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? Contact us at 250-756-7192 or DFO.PAC.CSSP-PCAM.PAC.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Bivalve shellfish contamination closures

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
19-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-7 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
19-8 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
19-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
19-10 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
19-11 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
19-12 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Blue Mussel 19 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Butter Clam 19 Hand Digging 20/40/-
California Mussel 19 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Cockles 19 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 19 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Horse Clam 19 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Littleneck Clam 19 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Manila Clam 19 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Moon Snail 19 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 19 0/0/0
Other Snail 19 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 19 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Pink And Spiny Scallop 19 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Razor Clam 19 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Rock Scallop 19 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Softshell Clam 19 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Varnish Clam 19 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Weathervane Scallop 19 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shellfish 19-1 Reminder Victoria Harbour - Boating/fishing restrictions in Victoria Harbour. Please review important harbour and vessel navigation restrictions from Transport Canada at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/ports-harbours-and-anchorages/public-port-victoria-traffic-scheme - download their Port of Victoria Traffic Scheme diagram. Full text of vessel/navigation restrictions is shown at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/ports-harbours-anchorages/practices-procedures-public-ports#220 Fishing, including the placement of traps, in navigational channels is prohibited; please exercise extreme caution in these areas while obeying Transport Canada navigational procedures.
19-2 Closed
19-2,19-3 Reminder Esquimalt Harbour and approaches -
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) Closed
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.
Cadboro Point Closed
Ten Mile Point Closed
Ogden Point Closed
Clams 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.
19 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 19 Reminder Combined daily limit for all mussel species is 75.
Pacific Oyster 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.
19 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.
Moon Snail 19 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Cadboro Point Those waters within 0.4 nautical miles of the Cadboro Point navigation light.
Ogden Point Ogden Point Breakwater; consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) In the Victoria area, Ogden Point Breakwater, consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Ten Mile Point Those waters within 0.5 nautical miles of Ten Mile Point.


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Crab

Crab

Learn more about fishing for crab

Species regulations

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
19-2 -/-/- Closed
Dungeness Crab 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
19-2 -/-/- Closed
King Crab 19 0/0/0 Closed
Other Crab 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
19-2 -/-/- Closed
Red Rock Crab 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
19-2 -/-/- Closed
Shore Crab 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
19-2 -/-/- Closed


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shellfish 19-1 Reminder Victoria Harbour - Boating/fishing restrictions in Victoria Harbour. Please review important harbour and vessel navigation restrictions from Transport Canada at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/ports-harbours-and-anchorages/public-port-victoria-traffic-scheme - download their Port of Victoria Traffic Scheme diagram. Full text of vessel/navigation restrictions is shown at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/ports-harbours-anchorages/practices-procedures-public-ports#220 Fishing, including the placement of traps, in navigational channels is prohibited; please exercise extreme caution in these areas while obeying Transport Canada navigational procedures.
19-2 Closed
19-2,19-3 Reminder Esquimalt Harbour and approaches -
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) Closed
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 19 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
19 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.
Esquimalt Harbour Closed
Cadboro Point Closed
Victoria Harbour Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 135g/week
Ten Mile Point Closed
Ogden Point Closed
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 Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Crab, All Species Combined Sidney/Cordova Gear Restriction Buoys - Use 27 cm diametre (or larger) brightly coloured buoys in Sidney and Cordova Channels, an area bounded on the south by a line from Cowichan Head to D"Arcy Shoals to the southernmost point of Sidney Island. The northern boundary extends from a point on the Saanich Peninsula shoreline due east to the light on the north end of James Island, east to northeasterly to the light on the U2 navigation buoy in Sidney Channel, then true east to Sidney Island. ?Larger buoys are being tested by both commercial and recreational crab fishers in these channels to improve visibility.
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

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Cadboro Point Those waters within 0.4 nautical miles of the Cadboro Point navigation light.
Esquimalt Harbour Subarea 19-2
Ogden Point Ogden Point Breakwater; consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Sidney/Cordova Sidney/Cordova
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) In the Victoria area, Ogden Point Breakwater, consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Ten Mile Point Those waters within 0.5 nautical miles of Ten Mile Point.
Victoria Harbour Waters of Victoria Harbour north of a line from Macaulay Point to the navigation light at the western end of the Ogden Point breakwater to a line from Chapman Point southwesterly to the opposite shore


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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 19 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Giant Barnacles 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Goose Barnacles 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Opal Squid 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Shellfish species 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish Sea Star 19-1,19-3 to 19-12 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shellfish 19-1 Reminder Victoria Harbour - Boating/fishing restrictions in Victoria Harbour. Please review important harbour and vessel navigation restrictions from Transport Canada at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/ports-harbours-and-anchorages/public-port-victoria-traffic-scheme - download their Port of Victoria Traffic Scheme diagram. Full text of vessel/navigation restrictions is shown at: https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/ports-harbours-anchorages/practices-procedures-public-ports#220 Fishing, including the placement of traps, in navigational channels is prohibited; please exercise extreme caution in these areas while obeying Transport Canada navigational procedures.
19-2 Closed
19-2,19-3 Reminder Esquimalt Harbour and approaches -
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) Closed
Other Invertebrates 19-2 Closed
Cadboro Point Closed
Esquimalt Harbour Closed
Ogden Point Closed
Ten Mile Point Closed
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 Prawns 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.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Cadboro Point Those waters within 0.4 nautical miles of the Cadboro Point navigation light.
Esquimalt Harbour Subarea 19-2
Ogden Point Ogden Point Breakwater; consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 19) In the Victoria area, Ogden Point Breakwater, consisting of those waters inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the causeway, thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.
Ten Mile Point Those waters within 0.5 nautical miles of Ten Mile Point.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure Name
19 Area of Interest Race Rocks Area of Interest
19-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Duntze Head (Royal Roads)
Race Rocks
Trial Island
19-4 Rockfish Conservation Area D'Arcy Island to Beaumont Shoal
Discovery - Chatham Islands
Trial Island
19-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Brethour, Domville, Forrest, Gooch Islands
Coal Island
D'Arcy Island to Beaumont Shoal
19-8 Rockfish Conservation Area Brentwood Bay
19-11 Rockfish Conservation Area Mid Finlayson Arm

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Brentwood Bay Brentwood_Bay.png Those waters of Subarea 19-8 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°34.788'N 123°28.220'W Sluggett Point then to 48°34.647'N 123°29.222'W Willis Point then to 48°35.300'N 123°29.500'W in water then to 48°35.900'N 123°29.500'W in water then to 48°35.877'N 123°28.852'W Henderson Point then southerly following the shoreline 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.
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.
D'Arcy Island to Beaumont Shoal D'Arcy_Island_to_Beaumont_Shoal.png Those waters of Subareas 19-4 and 19-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°34.271'N 123°16.687'W D'Arcy Island then to 48°34.325'N 123°16.157'W Little D'Arcy Island then true east to the intersection with the International Boundary between the United States and Canada, then southerly following the International Boundary to the intersection with the parallel passing through 48°24.400' north latitude, then to 48°26.800'N 123°11.500'W in water then to 48°32.400'N 123°14.900'W in water then to 48°32.400'N 123°17.100'W in water then to 48°33.922'N 123°17.100'W D'Arcy Island Light then following the southerly shore of D'Arcy Island to the beginning point.
Discovery - Chatham Islands Discovery-Chatham_Islands.png Those waters of Subarea 19-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°26.875'N 123°14.378'W Fulford Reef North Cardinal Buoy VK then to 48°26.000'N 123°13.700'W in water then to 48°25.400'N 123°13.333'W in water then to 48°25.407'N 123°13.500'W Sea Bird Point then westerly following the northerly shoreline of Discovery Island to 48°25.458'N 123°14.949'W Discovery Island then to 48°25.831'N 123°15.311'W Chatham Islands then to 48°26.100'N 123°15.532'W Chatham Islands then to 48°26.300'N 123°15.700'W Channel Point then to 48°26.550'N 123°15.300'W in water then to the beginning point; and those waters of Rudlin Bay that lie northerly of a line: from 48°25.176'N 123°14.245'W Commodore Point to 48°25.313'N 123°13.641'W Discovery Island
Duntze Head (Royal Roads) Duntze_Head_(Royal_Roads).png Those waters of Subarea 19-3 that lie inside or shoreward of a line that: begins at 48°25.854'N 123°26.375'W Duntze Head then to 48°25.550'N 123°26.500'W in water then to 48°25.150'N 123°25.400'W in water then to 48°25.311'N 123°25.208'W Saxe Point
Mid Finlayson Arm Mid_Finlayson_Arm.png Those waters of Subarea 19-11 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°30.900'N 123°32.145'W east of Christmas Point then true west to 48°30.900'N 123°32.400'W in water then to 48°31.400'N 123°32.400'W in water then to 48°32.000'N 123°32.750'W in water then to 48°32.800'N 123°32.900'W in water then true east to Elbow Point, then following the shoreline in a southerly direction to the beginning point.
Race Rocks Race_Rocks.png Those waters of Subareas 19-3 and 20-5 that lie inside the 40 metre contour line surrounding Great Race Rock and Rosedale Rock as shown on Chart No. 3461, published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service of the Department.
Trial Island Trial_Island.png Those waters of Subareas 19-3 and 19-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°24.600'N 123°18.533'W in water then to 48°24.370'N 123°17.900'W in water then to 48°23.800'N 123°18.050'W in water then true west to 48°23.800'N 123°18.600'W in water then to the beginning point.


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