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BC tidal areas 23 and 123 - Bamfield, Port Alberni: 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 23: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Area 123: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

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Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 23 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
123 0/0/0 Non-retention until Jul 15 (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 23 -/-/- Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 23,123 0/0/- Non-retention until May 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 23 -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 123 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
23 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention until Apr 30 (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Pacific Rim National Park 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.
WCVI Boundary Line - Shoreward Annual Limit Pieces 10
Daily Limit Pieces 2
Minimum Size (cm) 45 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Chinook Salmon Seaward of the WCVI Boundary Line - 123 Non Retention Map of the Chinook Boundary in 123
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
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.
Seaward of the WCVI Boundary Line - 123 Seaward_of_the_WCVI_Boundary_Line-123.jpeg See the description of the WCVI Boundary Line.
WCVI Boundary Line - Shoreward The Boundary Line is approximately 1nm seaward of the surfline and is defined as follows: A line that begins at Pacheena Point lighthouse at 48 degrees 43.327' N 125 degrees 05.855' W then to 48 degrees 42.456' N 125 degrees 06.583' W seaward of Pachena Point, then to 48 degrees 46.420' N 125 degrees 13.997' W seaward of Cape Beale, then to 48 degrees 54.572' N 125 degrees 33.622' W seaward of Amphitrite Point, then to 49 degrees 05.100' N 125 degrees 54.646' W seaward of Cox Point, then to 49 degrees 10.280' N 126 degrees 04.790' W seaward of Blunden Island, then to 49 degrees 16.472' N 126 degrees 15.140' W seaward of Rafael Point, then to 49 degrees 20.008' N 126 degrees 17.188' W seaward of Sydney Inlet, then to 49 degrees 23.807' N 126 degrees 24.483' W seaward of Hesquiat Point, then to 49 degrees 21.620' N 126 degrees 28.478' W seaward of Matlahaw Point, then to 49 degrees 22.113' N 126 degrees 33.508' W seaward of Estevan Point, then to 49 degrees 23.869' N 126 degrees 35.333' W seaward of Homais Cove, then to 49 degrees 27.766' N 126 degrees 35.971' W seaward of Split Cape, then to 49 degrees 31.494' N 126 degrees 35.669' W seaward of Escalante Point, then to 49 degrees 34.042' N 126 degrees 41.611' W seaward of Maquinna Point, then to 49 degrees 36.254' N 126 degrees 50.538' W seaward of Bajo Point, then to 49 degrees 39.892' N 126 degrees 55.125' W seaward of Skuna Bay, then to 49 degrees 44.400' N 127 degrees 00.289' W seaward of Ferrer Point, then to 49 degrees 50.767' N 127 degrees 10.151' W seaward of Tatchu Point, then to 49 degrees 59.142' N 127 degrees 28.125' W seaward of Lookout Island, then to 50 degrees 06.948' N 127 degrees 41.617' W seaward of Jackobson Point, then to 50 degrees 03.599' N 127 degrees 47.722' W seaward of Clerke Point, then to 50 degrees 05.868' N 127 degrees 57.906' W seaward of Solander Island, then to 50 degrees 19.284' N 128 degrees 00.130' W seaward of Lawn Point, then to 50 degrees 31.501' N 128 degrees 14.238' W seaward of Topknot Point, then to 50 degrees 35.683' N 128 degrees 19.249' W seaward of Cape Palmerston, then to 50 degrees 39.280' N 128 degrees 23.459' W seaward of Winifred Island, then to 50 degrees 41.116' N 128 degrees 24.166' W seaward of Cape Russell, then to 50 degrees 44.137' N 128 degrees 26.559' W seaward of Strange Rock, then to 50 degrees 47.926' N 128 degrees 27.363' W seaward of Cape Scott, then to Frederiksen Point.


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Other finfish

Other finfish

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 23,123 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern Anchovy 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Finfish species 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sand Lance 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sardine 23,123 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf Smelt 23,123 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
All other shark species 23,123 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Bocaccio Rockfish 23,123 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Codfish 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 2/-/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 23,123 65cm Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Perch 23,123 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Sablefish 23,123 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Salmon Shark 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 23,123 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 23,123 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 23,123 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny Dogfish 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 23,123 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (Hatchery) 23,123 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (Wild) 23,123 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf Eel 23,123 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Yelloweye Rockfish 23,123 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Pacific Rim National Park Closed
Herring 23,123 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 23,123 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.
23,123 Reminder Electronic licence restriction for non-residents: Only a Canadian resident may fish for halibut under an electronic licence in Areas 121, 23 and 123. Non-residents wishing to fish and retain halibut in Areas 121, 23 and 123, must obtain their licence from a licence vendor in Canada (Independent Access Provider).
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning See Rockfish Season Planning
23,123 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 23,123 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).
23,123 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
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.
23,123 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
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.


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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)
23-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-3 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
23-4 Butter Clam;Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
23-5 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
23-6
  • 23-6.B: Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
  • 23-6.A: Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
23-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-8 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
23-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-10 Horse Clam;Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Geoduck;Mussels;Oysters;Other Scallop;Pacific Scallop;Pink Scallop;Spiny Scallop
23-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
123-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Blue Mussel 23 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Butter Clam 23 Hand Digging 20/40/-
California Mussel 23 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Cockles 23,123 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 23 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Horse Clam 23 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Littleneck Clam 23 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Manila Clam 23 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Moon Snail 23,123 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 23,123 0/0/0
Other Snail 23,123 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 23,123 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Pink And Spiny Scallop 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Razor Clam 23 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Rock Scallop 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Softshell Clam 23 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Varnish Clam 23 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Weathervane Scallop 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shellfish Pacific Rim National Park 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.
Coeur d'Alene Creek Closed
Toquart River Flats Closed
Northeast Numukamis Bay Closed
Meade Islets Closed
Maggie River Closed
Kookswiis (Sarita River) Closed
Geer Islets Closed
Effingham Inlet West Closed
Butter Clam Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 0 - 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.
Horse Clam Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 6 - 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.
Littleneck Clam 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.
Manila Clam 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.
Razor Clam 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 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.
23,123 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.
Blue Mussel Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
California Mussel Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussels 23,123 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.
23,123 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 23,123 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Coeur d'Alene Creek Coeur_d'Alene_Creek.pdf That portion of Effingham Inlet in Subarea 23-6 at the mouth of Coeur d'Alene Creek, east of a line beginning at 49°02.930' N and 125°08.302' W, then following the low water mark to 49°02.659' N and 125°08.618' W and west of a line from drawn from 49°02.758' N and 125°08.272' W due south to the opposite shoreline.
Effingham Inlet West Effingham_Inlet_West.pdf That portion of Effingham Inlet in Subarea 23-6 west of a line beginning at 49°03.043' N and 125°09.768' W then following the low water mark to 49°02.895' N and 125°09.944' W
Geer Islets Geer_Islets.pdf That portion of Subarea 23-5 surrounding the Geer Islets inside a line that starts at 48°55.828' N and 125°06.707' W, then south following the low water mark to 48°55.673' N and 125°06.672' W, then north following the low water mark to the point of commencement, including the intertidal zone between the north and south islets
Kookswiis (Sarita River) Kookswiis_(Sarita_River).pdf That portion of Numukamis Bay in Subarea 23-4 at the mouth of the Sarita River (Kookswiis) inside a line that starts at 48°54.434' N and 125°00.652' W, then following the low water mark to 48°53.731' N and 125°01.278' W, then following the eastern shoreline of Santa Maria Island to 48°53.529' N and 125°01.565' W, then straight across the channel to 48°53.486' N and 125°01.486' W and bounded on the east by a line that starts at 48°54.187' N and 125°00.540' W, then to 48°54.148' N and 125°00.612' W, then to 48°54.086' N and 125°00.632' W, then to 48°54.064' N and 125°00.592' W, then to 48°54.030' N and 125°00.599' W, and then to 48°53.786' N and 125°01.034' W
Maggie River Maggie_River.png That portion of Subarea 23-10 near the mouth of the Maggie River bounded on the east by a line running due south from 49°00.301' N and 125°21.956' W to the low water mark then following the low water mark to the southern boundary and bounded on the south by a line running due east from 48°59.305' N, 125°23.155' W to the low water mark.
Meade Islets Meade_Islets.pdf That portion of Subarea 23-5 surrounding the Meade Islets inside a line that starts at 48¿55.650'N and 125¿07.290' W then south following the low water mark to 48¿55.423' N and 125¿07.507' W then north following the low water mark to the point of commencement, including the intertidal zone between the east and west islets.
Northeast Numukamis Bay Northeast_Numukamis_Bay.pdf That portion of northeast Numukamis Bay in Subarea 23-4 at the mouth of Carnation Creek, east of a line that starts at 48°54.920' N and 125°00.423' W then following the low water mark to 48°54.722' N and 125°00.468' W
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.
Toquart River Flats Toquart_River_Flats.png That portion of Toquart Bay in Subarea 23-10 bounded on the east by a straight line drawn from 49°02.363' N and 125°20.836' W to 49°02.321' N and 125°20.767' W, then to 49°02.250' N and 125°20.788' W, then 200° true to the low water mark, then following the low water mark to the southern boundary bounded on the south by a straight line running due east from 49°01.513' N and 125°21.811' W to the low water mark and bounded on the northwest by a line drawn from 49°02.318' N and 125°21.438' W to 49°02.305' N and 125°21.468' W, then straight to 49°02.235' N and 125°21.468' W and then straight to 49°02.199' N and 125°21.553' W


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Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 23,123 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King Crab 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 23,123 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 23,123 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shellfish Pacific Rim National Park 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 23,123 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 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.
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
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.


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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 23,123 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 23,123 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Giant Barnacles 23,123 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Goose Barnacles 23,123 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 23,123 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Opal Squid 23,123 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Shellfish species 23,123 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 23,123 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 23,123 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 23,123 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 23,123 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish Sea Star 23,123 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shellfish Pacific Rim National Park 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
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.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure Name
23-1 Area of Interest Upper Alberni Harbour / Hoik Island / Somass
23-7 Rockfish Conservation Area Folger Passage
23-8 Rockfish Conservation Area Broken Islands Group
Folger Passage
123-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Folger Passage
123-9 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Broken Islands Group Broken_Islands_Group.png That portion of Subarea 23-8 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°55.329'N 125°19.300'W eastern tip of Dodd Island then to 48°55.767'N 125°17.600'W northwest tip of Jarvis Island then to 48°56.533'N 125°16.537'W western tip of Prideaux Island then follows the southerly shoreline to 48°56.400' N 125°15.867'W eastern tip of Prideaux Island then true east to 48°56.300'N 125°15.600'W northwest tip of Nettle Island then follows the southerly shoreline to 48°55.463'N 125°15.200'W southern tip of Nettle Island then true south to 48°55.056'N 125°15.200'W Gibraltar Island then follows the westerly shoreline to 48°54.767'N 125°15.767'W southwestern tip of Gibraltar Island then true south to 48°54.400'N 125°15.767'W Dempster Island then follows the easterly shoreline to 48°54.275'N 125°15.833'W southeastern tip of Dempster Island then to 48°53.500'N 125°16.600'W in water then to 48°52.853'N 125°18.600'W northwestern tip of Effingham Island then follows the westerly shoreline to 48°52.000'N 125°19.000'W southwestern tip of Effingham Island then true south to 48°51.900'N 125°19.000'W Austin Island t hen to 48°51.300'N 125°20.283'W southeastern tip of Howell Island then follows the northerly shoreline to 48°51.733'N 125°20.817'W western tip of Howell Island then true west to 48°51.733'N 125°21.186'W Wouwer Island then follows the northerly shoreline to 48°51.850'N 125°22.100'W western tip of Wouwer Island then to 48°52.833'N 125°22.622'W eastern tip of Benson Island then to 48°53.317'N 125°22.376'W eastern tip of Clarke Island then true north through Owens Island to 48°54.243'N 125°22.376'W southern tip of Lovett Island then follows the easterly shoreline to 48°54.472'N 125°22.400'W northern tip of Lovett Island then to 48°55.400'N 125°20.650'W western tip of Dodds Island then follows the southerly shoreline to the beginning point
Folger Passage Folger_Passage.png Those waters of Subareas 23-7, 23-8 and 123-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°50.800'N 125°18.900'W in water then to 48°48.500'N 125°14.900'W in water then to 48°47.400'N 125°16.300'W in water then to 48°49.800'N 125°20.300'W in water then to the beginning point.
Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents Offshore_Pacific_Seamounts_and_Vents.jpeg The waters in Subareas 123-9, 124-1, 124-2, 125-6, 126-3, 126-4, 127-2, 127-4, and 130-1 inside an area bounded by a series of rhumb lines that: begin at, 46°48'50"N 129°43'49"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 125-6] then to, 46°57'56"N 129°35'21"W then to, 47°20'47"N 129°35'07"W then to, 47°58'28"N 129°20'36"W then to, 47°38'29"N 130°11'09"W then to, 47°55'46"N 130°40'55"W then to, 48°27'07"N 130°28'55"W then to, 49°04'14"N 131°23'35"W then to, 48°46'44"N 132°28'38"W then to, 49°11'35"N 132°52'15"W then to, 49°33'55"N 133°09'51"W then to, 49°31'16"N 133°47'59"W then to, 49°57'44"N 134°03'07"W then to, 50°05'02"N 133°40'17"W then to, 50°06'40"N 133°27'16"W then to, 50°05'04"N 131°55'58"W then to, 50°26'52"N 132°00'12"W then to, 50°38'19"N 131°20'40"W then to, 51°03'52"N 130°30'22"W then to, 50°46'07"N 130°04'35"W then to, 50°24'19"N 130°00'37"W then to, 50°13'53"N 129°30'03"W then to, 49°37'42"N 129°58'56"W then to, 48°39'08"N 128°24'12"W then to, 47°38'10"N 127°08'52"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 123-9] then following the EEZ* to 47°10'18"N 128°02'44"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 124-1] then to, 47°46'08"N 128°44'28"W then to, 47°46'26"N 128°44'50"W then to, 47°03'55"N 129°01'51"W then to, 46°42'15"N 129°01'06"W [on the boundary of the EEZ*, Subarea 124-2] then following the EEZ* back to the point of commencement. *EEZ: the limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone [Closure of fishing areas for seamounts and hydrothermal vents in the Pacific]
Upper Alberni Harbour / Hoik Island / Somass Upper Alberni Harbour / Hoik Island / Somass


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