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BC tidal areas 21 and 22 - Tzuquanah Point, Nitinat Lake: 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.

Areas 21 and 22: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Management Areas 21 and 22
Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 21,22 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 21,22 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) 21,22 0/0/- Non-retention until May 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 21,22 -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 21,22 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2024-04-03 09:16:10

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
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.
Chinook salmon Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must permanently record all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The licence holder may alternatively record retained catch immediately in an electronic licence held in an approved third-party application linked to their National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS) account, or if mobile internet access is immediately available, directly in their NRLS account. The licence holder shall ensure that all mandatory catch records for the current licence year are produced, either on the licence (paper or electronic), or from the licence holder’s NRLS account at the time of inspection.
21,22 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.

Last updated: 2024-04-03 09:17:52

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.

Last updated: 2024-04-03 09:17:52

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern anchovy 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other finfish species 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sand lance 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sardine 21,22 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf smelt 21,22 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, Albacore 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Codfish 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/10 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 21,22 65cm Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Perch 21,22 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All species combined 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, Yelloweye 21,22 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Sablefish 21,22 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 21,22 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species excluding dogfish 21,22 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Shark, Basking 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, Sixgill 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 21,22 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny dogfish 21,22 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 21,22 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (hatchery) 21,22 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (wild) 21,22 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf eel 21,22 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:22:56

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
Herring 21,22 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 Coastwide Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Reminder As a Condition of Licence, the possession limit for halibut is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring 85 cm to 126 cm in length (65 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR two (2) halibut, each measuring under 85 cm in length (65 cm head-off). No person shall retain a halibut greater than 126 cm head-on length (97 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.
Coastwide Maximum Length Head On (cm) 126 cm - The maximum overall length for halibut is 126 cm head-on, or 97 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).
21,22 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch Coastwide 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 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).
21,22 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.
21,22 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:10:32

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.

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:10:32

Bivalve shellfish and snails

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 refers to all snails, whelks, tritons and periwinkles with the exception of Moon Snails. Snails and moon snails can accumulate toxins and pollutants. We recommend that they not be harvested from areas shown as closed in the table below.

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. Littleneck, Manila and butter clams are subject to a minimum size limit. See below under restrictions for more information on clam size limits.
  4. Questions? Email us at DFO.PACCSSP-PCAMPAC.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)
21 Closed to All Bivalve Species
22 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:17:15

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 21,22 Hand Digging 20/40/-
Clam, Horse 21,22 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 21,22 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Manila 21,22 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Razor 21,22 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 21,22 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 21,22 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clams, All 21,22 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Cockles 21,22 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 21,22 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 21,22 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 21,22 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 21,22 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 21,22 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 21,22 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 21,22 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:17:18

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
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.
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 (Area 23) 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 (Area 23) 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 (Area 23) 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.
21,22 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 (Area 23) 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 21,22 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.
21,22 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 21,22 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:15:40

Area descriptions

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Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:17:15

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.

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:15:40

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 21,22 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other crab 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 21,22 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 21,22 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
21,22 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:14:47

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Crab 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 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 Crab, Prawn and Shrimp Floats - The primary float attached to crab traps must be cylindrical in shape (includes bullet shaped) and a minimum of 27 cm in length and 12 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than spherical. The primary float attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be spherical in shape and a minimum of 27 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than cylindrical. Floats must be made of a durable material and suitable for operation in marine waters; floats/materials not suitable for use in marine waters are prohibited.
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.
21,22 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
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.
Coastwide Sex Restriction As per the Conditions of Licence, it is prohibited to possess female King crab
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: 2024-04-01 06:14:32

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.

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:14:32

Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 21,22 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 21,22 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Barnacles, Goose 21,22 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 21,22 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 21,22 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 21,22 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 21,22 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 21,22 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 21,22 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 21,22 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 21,22 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 21,22 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:27:07

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Octopus Coastwide Gear Restriction The use of sharp pointed instruments or chemicals is prohibited.
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 Gear Restriction Crab, Prawn and Shrimp Floats - The primary float attached to crab traps must be cylindrical in shape (includes bullet shaped) and a minimum of 27 cm in length and 12 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than spherical. The primary float attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be spherical in shape and a minimum of 27 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than cylindrical. Floats must be made of a durable material and suitable for operation in marine waters; floats/materials not suitable for use in marine waters are prohibited.
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: 2024-04-01 06:14:32

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.

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:14:32

Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure name
21 Rockfish Conservation Area Carmanah
Dare Point
Pachena Point

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:24:46

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
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
Dare Point Dare_Point.png Those waters of Area 21 inside a line that: begins at 48°39.700'N 124°49.181'W near Clo-oose then southerly following the shoreline of Vancouver Island to 48°38.433'N 124°47.767'W Vancouver Island then to 48°38.600' N 124°49.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Pachena Point Pachena_Point.png Those waters of Area 21 and Subarea 121-2 that inside of a line that: begins at 48°43.327'N 125°05.855'W Pachena Point Light then true south to 48°42.800'N 125°05.855'W in water then to 48°40.580'N 124°59.528'W in water then true north to the Vancouver Island shoreline, then northwesterly following the Vancouver Island shoreline to the beginning point

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:24:46

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