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BC tidal area 20 - Sooke, Port Renfrew: 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 20: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management Area 20
Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 20-1 to 20-5 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
20-6,20-7 Barbless Hook & Line -/-/- Non-retention until Oct 15 (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 20 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery) 20 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (wild) 20 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 20 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 20 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-21 10:55:33

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish San Juan River mouth Closed Finfish closure - Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
Salmon Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 8 - The possession limit for all salmon from all waters is twice the daily limit. You cannot possess more than eight salmon in total, except for salmon that are at your ordinary residence.
Coastwide Combined Daily Limit Pieces 4 - The daily limit for all species of Pacific salmon from tidal and fresh waters combined is 4. Individual species limits also apply.
Subarea 20-1 SRKW-salmon fishing closure 2022 Closed Closed to fishing for salmon effective July 15 until 23:59 hours October 31 per fisheries management measures for the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Subarea 20-5 SRKW-salmon fishing closure 2022 Closed Closed to fishing for salmon effective August 1 until 23:59 hours October 31 per fisheries management measures for the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Sooke Inlet, Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin, north of a line from Muir Point to Possession Point Gear Restriction Single-Pointed Barbless Hook You may only use a single-pointed barbless hook that measures no more than 15 mm between the point and shank when fishing.
San Juan River mouth Gear Restriction Reminder- You may only use a single-pointed barbless hook that measures no more than 15 mm between the point and shank when fishing.
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.
Port San Juan Inside Owen Pt Non Retention Non retention of Chinook salmon from July 15 to October 25 inclusive.
Sooke Inlet, Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin, north of a line from Muir Point to Possession Point Non Retention Non retention of Chinook salmon from August 1 to October 15 inclusive.
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) 20 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.
20-1,20-3 to 20-7 Daily Limit Pieces 4 - October 1 until December 31, in Subareas 20-3 to 20-7 and portions of 20-1, four (4) Coho per day, only one (1) of which may be wild (unmarked).
Minimum Size (cm) 30 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 8
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) Port San Juan Coho Boundary Daily Limit Pieces 4 - Subarea 20-2 and that portion of Subarea 20-1 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point the daily limit of Coho is four (4) per day, of which only 2 may be 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: 2022-10-01 00:48:08

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.
Port San Juan Coho Boundary Port_San_Juan_Coho_Boundary.png Those waters in Subarea 20-2 and a portion of Subarea 20-1 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point.
Port San Juan Inside Owen Pt Subareas 20-1 and 20-2 inside or north of a line from Owen Point to the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy then to Woods Nose
San Juan River mouth In that portion of Subarea 20-2 at the mouth of the San Juan River north of the beach camp boundary marker at the large alder tree, located at 48 33.514' N and 124 24.272' W and south of the Pacheedaht Campground and a boundary marker located at 48 33.599' N and 124 24.233' W, at the well-established stump in the sand, shoreward in a easterly direction of this boundary and downstream of the San Juan Bridge.
Sooke Inlet, Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin, north of a line from Muir Point to Possession Point Sooke Inlet, Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin, north of a line from Muir Point to Possession Point
Subarea 20-1 SRKW-salmon fishing closure 2022 Subarea_20-1_SRKW-salmon_fishing_closure_2022.png That portion of Subarea 20-1 inside a line drawn from Bonilla Point Light at 48° 35.732' N and 124° 43.063' W easterly following the shoreline to a point on land near Vancouver Point at 48°35.110' N and 124°40.790' W, then southerly to a point in water at 48°31.211' N and 124°40.901' W, then easterly approximately 4 nautical miles to a point in water at 48°31.134' N and 124°34.896' W, then northerly to a point in water at 48°32.328' N and 124°34.860' W, then southeasterly to a point in water at 48° 30.507' N and 124°27.480' W, then southerly to a point in water at the international boundary with the United States of America at 48°25.162' N and 124°27.480' W, then northwesterly following the international boundary with the United States of America to a point in water at 48°29.607' N and 124° 43.634' W, and then northerly in a straight line back to the point of commencement.
Subarea 20-5 SRKW-salmon fishing closure 2022 Subarea_20-5_SRKW-salmon_fishing_closure_2022.png That portion of Subarea 20-5 inside a line drawn from a point in water approximately 1 nautical mile south of Otter Point at 48°20.334' N and 123°49.382' W southeasterly to a point in water at 48°17.715' N and 123°40.747' W, then easterly to a point in water approximately 0.5 nautical miles south of Race Rocks Light at 48°17.372' N and 123°31.936' W, then southerly to a point in water at the international boundary with the United States of America at 48°13.504' N and 123°32.325' W, then northwesterly following the international boundary of the United States of America to a point in water at 48°15.905' N and 123°49.585' W, and then in northerly in a straight line back to the point of commencement.

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:48:08

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 20 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern anchovy 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other finfish species 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sand lance 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sardine 20 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf smelt 20 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, Albacore 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Codfish 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving -/-/10 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 20-1 to 20-4 65cm Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
20-5 to 20-7 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 20 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All species combined 20-1 to 20-4 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
20-5 to 20-7 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Bocaccio 20-1 to 20-4 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
20-5 to 20-7 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Yelloweye 20-1 to 20-4 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
20-5 to 20-7 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 20 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 20 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species 20 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Shark, Basking 20 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 20 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 20 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 20 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 20 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, Sixgill 20 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 20 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 20 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny dogfish 20 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 20 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (hatchery) 20 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (wild) 20 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf eel 20 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:47:34

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish San Juan River mouth Closed Finfish closure - Closed to angling and spear fishing while diving.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
Herring 20 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 20 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.
20 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).
20 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 20 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).
20-1 to 20-4 Daily Limit Pieces 3 Daily limit of 3 Rockfish per day, of which only 1 may be a China Rockfish or a Tiger Rockfish or a Quillback Rockfish
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.
20 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:00

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.
San Juan River mouth In that portion of Subarea 20-2 at the mouth of the San Juan River north of the beach camp boundary marker at the large alder tree, located at 48 33.514' N and 124 24.272' W and south of the Pacheedaht Campground and a boundary marker located at 48 33.599' N and 124 24.233' W, at the well-established stump in the sand, shoreward in a easterly direction of this boundary and downstream of the San Juan Bridge.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:00

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)
20-1 Mussels
20-2 Mussels
20-3 Mussels
20-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
20-5 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
20-6 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
20-7 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters

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

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

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

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:29:48

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.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Bivalve Species Coastwide Reminder Because of the risk of contamination, you are not allowed to harvest bivalve shellfish (for any purpose) within: (1) 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges (2) 125 metres around a marina, ferry wharf, floating living accommodation, or any finfish net pen (exceptions described as follows) (3) 25 meters around any floating living accommodation facility located within a shellfish aquaculture tenure where a zero-discharge and appropriate waste management plan is a condition of the Aquaculture Licence and is approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee (4) 0 meters of any finfish net pen within an aquaculture tenure where an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Management Plan approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee is in operation.
Coastwide Reminder Clams: No person shall retain a Manila Clam or Littleneck Clam smaller than 35 mm, nor a Butter Clam smaller than 55 mm.
Botanical Beach Closed
Clam, Butter Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 0 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Horse Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 6 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Littleneck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Manila Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Razor Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 8 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clams, All Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 60 - When open, all species aggregate daily limit combined Areas 1 to 27 is 60, except Pacific Rim National Park where the all species aggregate limit is 24.
20 Gear Restriction It is illegal to use any mechanical apparatus or dredge for harvesting clams.
Reminder Clam harvesters are encouraged to fill in holes to reduce predation on exposed juvenile clams.
Geoduck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 3 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 12 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Mussel, Blue Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussel, California Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussels, All 20 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.
20 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 20 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:47

Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
20.1 Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin 20.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Sooke Harbour and Sooke Basin, lying inside a line drawn from the eastern tip of Whiffin Spit due east to a point on the opposite shore, thence along the shoreline to Company Point. [NAD83]
20.2 Pedder Bay 20.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Pedder Bay lying inside a line drawn from Cape Calver to William Head. [NAD83]
20.4 Port Renfrew 20.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore inside a radius of 4,850 metres from the Port Renfrew Wastewater Treatment Plant outfall at 48°33.56' north latitude and 124°24.14' west longitude at the mouth of the San Juan River, extending southwesterly to a point on land west of Woods Nose at 48°32.13' north latitude and 124°27.44' west longitude and extending northwesterly to a point on land at 48°33.63' north latitude and 124°28.07' west longitude. [NAD83]
20.5 Becher Bay Marina, Becher Bay 20.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding the Becher Bay Marina, lying inside a line drawn in a 195 m radius from any point on the perimeter of the dock fingers, commencing from a point on land in the south at 48°19.66' north latitude and 123°38.07' west longitude, and ending at a point on land in the north at 48°19.90' north latitude and 123°37.96' west longitude. [NAD83]
20.6 Cheanuh Marina, Becher Bay 20.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding the Cheanuh Marina in Becher Bay, lying inside a line drawn in a 265 m radius from any point on the perimeter of the dock fingers, commencing from a point on land in the south at 48°20.09' north latitude and 123°36.38' west longitude, and ending at a point on land in the north at 48°20.26' north latitude and 123°35.92' west longitude. [NAD83]
20.7 Eastern Head of Becher Bay 20.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the easternmost head of Becher Bay, lying inside a line drawn from a point of land at 48°20.29' north latitude and 123°35.78' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land on the opposite shore at 48°20.09' north latitude and 123°35.49' west longitude. [NAD83]
20.8 Becher Bay 20.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in Becher Bay, inside a line drawn from a point on land on the southern shore of Frazer Island at 48°19.61' north latitude and 123°36.45' west longitude, thence following the shoreline to a point on land on the eastern shore of Frazer Island at 48°19.68' north latitude and 123°36.27' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the northeasternmost point of Village Island at 48°19.56' north latitude and 123°35.97' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the southernmost point of Village Island at 48°19.47' north latitude and 123°36.01' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point in the water at 48°19.11' north latitude and 123°36.31' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point in the water at 48°19.33' north latitude and 123°36.72' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
20.9 Sooke Bay 20.9.jpeg The waters of Sooke Bay within a radius of 300 m of the wastewater outfall terminus at 48º21.19' north latitude and 123º46.16' west longitude. [NAD 83]

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

Area Map Area description
Botanical Beach Waters of Botanical Beach between the lowest tide level and the highest tide level, between a fishing boundary sign 1,500 m northeast of San Juan Point, following the shoreline southeasterly to a fishing boundary sign 250 m west of the mouth of Tom Baird Creek.
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:47

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 20 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 20 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 20 0/0/0 Closed
Other crab 20 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 20 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 20 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:28:18

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.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction Rot Cord - All crab traps must have a section in the top or sidewall that has been secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 (approximately 5 mm or 3/16 inch diameter). This twine is often referred to as rot cord. On deterioration this must produce a rectangular opening with a minimum size of 7 cm x 20 cm, or a square opening with a minimum size of 11 cm x 11 cm. This regulation is intended to ensure that if the trap is lost, the section secured by the cord will rot, allowing captive crabs to escape, and preventing the trap from continuing to fish. On traps with a rigid frame and a freely opening hinged lid the trap lid must be secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 so that the trap lid will open freely when the rot cord is broken. No other fastenings may impede the hinged lid of the trap from opening.
Coastwide Gear Restriction Crab traps are required to have two unobstructed circular escape holes or rings, measuring a minimum of 105 mm in diameter
Coastwide Gear Restriction Gear Permitted Maximum of 2 ring nets, dip nets or traps or combination of these per fisher. Ensure gear is properly marked. Hand picking is permitted including by diving. No sharp-pointed instruments are permitted for harvesting crab. It is illegal to use snares in catching or attempting to catch crabs.
Reminder Keep navigation channels clear of buoys and lines. Any fishing gear that interferes with safe navigation can be removed under the Navigation Protection Act.
Crab 20 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
Botanical Beach 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 King crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Dungeness crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Dungeness crab
Red Rock crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Red Rock crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Red Rock crab

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

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Botanical Beach Waters of Botanical Beach between the lowest tide level and the highest tide level, between a fishing boundary sign 1,500 m northeast of San Juan Point, following the shoreline southeasterly to a fishing boundary sign 250 m west of the mouth of Tom Baird Creek.
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.

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

Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:31:13

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.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Other Invertebrates Botanical Beach 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 Spot Prawns (Pandalus platyceros) with eggs: No person shall retain prawns carrying eggs, or remove eggs from the underside of prawns carrying eggs. All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail shall be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm.

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

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Botanical Beach Waters of Botanical Beach between the lowest tide level and the highest tide level, between a fishing boundary sign 1,500 m northeast of San Juan Point, following the shoreline southeasterly to a fishing boundary sign 250 m west of the mouth of Tom Baird Creek.
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.

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

Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure name
20 Area of Interest Race Rocks Area of Interest
20-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Carmanah
20-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Becher Bay East
Bentinck Island
Race Rocks
Sooke Bay
20-6 Rockfish Conservation Area Sooke Bay

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:25:10

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Becher Bay East Becher_Bay_East.png Those waters of Subarea 20-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°18.900'N 123°35.433'W north of Church Point then to 48°18.746'N 123°36.267'W South Bedford Island then to 48°18.967'N 123°36.467'W Bedford Island then to 48°19.563'N 123°36.373'W Frazer Island then following the easterly shoreline of Frazer Island to 48°19.700'N 123°36.267'W Frazer Island then to 48°19.633'N 123°35.681'W Vancouver Island then southerly following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point.
Bentinck Island Bentinck_Island.png Those waters of Eemdyk Passage in Subarea 20-5 that lie westerly of the meridian passing through 123°32.450' west longitude and northerly of a line: from 48°18.692'N 123°33.486'W to 48°18.640'N 123°32.916'W
Carmanah Those waters of Subarea 20-1, Area 21, Subarea 121-1 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°37.350'N 124°45.847'W Vancouver Island then to 48°37.000'N 124°46.800'W in water then to 48°34.500'N 124°41.500'W in water then to 48°35.100'N 124°40.774'W Vancouver Island then following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point
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.
Sooke Bay Sooke_Bay.png Those waters of Subareas 20-5 and 20-6 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°21.800'N 123°47.967'W Vancouver Island then following the shoreline in an easterly direction to 48°21.237'N 123°44.056'W Parsons Point then true south to 48°20.900'N 123°44.056'W in water then to 48°21.200'N 123°45.500'W in water then to 48°21.900'N 123°45.900'W in water then to 48°21.600'N 123°47.800'W in water then to the beginning point.

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:25:10

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