Areas 23 and 123 (Bamfield, Port Alberni)

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

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

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 -/-/- Non-retention until Jul 14 (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 23,123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 23,123 0/0/0 Non-retention until Jun 01 (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 23,123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 123 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Tidal portion of the Somass River Gear Restriction Single-Pointed Barbless Hook
Salmon Coastwide 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 Chinook Salmon Annual Aggregate Counts - The total annual limit for chinook salmon is 10 from all tidal and fresh waters (combined).
Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
1 nm seaward of the surfline Annual Limit Pieces 10
Daily Limit Pieces 2
Minimum Size (cm) 45 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
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
1 nm seaward of the surfline 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.
Tidal portion of the Somass River That portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19 north latitude and 124°50.23 west longitude thence through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River, then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.


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Other finfish

Other finfish

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

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 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 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
All other shark species 23,123 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Bocaccio Rockfish 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Codfish 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 1/-/6 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 23,123 65cm Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- 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 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 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 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Yelloweye Rockfish 23,123 Hook and Line, Spear 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Tidal portion of the Somass River Gear Restriction Single-Pointed Barbless Hook
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.
Codfish 23,123 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 23,123 Maximum Length Head On (cm) 126 cm
Reminder The possession limit is either of: one (1) halibut measuring from 90 cm to 126 cm head-on length, OR two (2) halibut measuring under 90 cm head-on length.
Halibut 23,123 Reminder Electronic licence restriction for non-residents:
Lingcod 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
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
Bocaccio Rockfish 23,123 Non Retention Zero (0) retention for Bocaccio Rockfish
Yelloweye Rockfish 23,123 Non Retention Zero (0) retention of Yelloweye rockfish

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Tidal portion of the Somass River That portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19 north latitude and 124°50.23 west longitude thence through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River, then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.


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Bivalve shellfish

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 and snails

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.

Is it safe to harvest bivalve shellfish now in this location?
  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.

Questions? Contact Elysha Gordon, Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program Coordinator:

250-756-7192
Elysha.Gordon@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Bivalve shellfish contamination

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 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
23-5 Horse Clam;Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Geoduck;Mussels;Oysters
23-6
  • 23-6.A: Horse Clam;Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Geoduck;Mussels;Oysters
  • 23-6.B: Horse Clam;Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Geoduck;Mussels;Oysters
23-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
23-8 Horse Clam;Geoduck
23-9 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
23-10 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters;Other Scallop;Pacific Scallop;Pink Scallop;Spiny Scallop
23-11 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
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 25/50/-
California Mussel 23 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Clams 23,123 Hand Digging 75/150/-
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 75/150/-
Manila Clam 23 Hand Digging 75/150/-
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 75/150/-
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
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.
Toquart River Flats Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Coeur d'Alene Creek Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Effingham Inlet West Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Geer Islets Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Kookswiis (Sarita River) Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Maggie River Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Meade Islets Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Northeast Numukamis Bay Closed This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only This Intertidal Bivalve Harvest Area is set aside for the use of Maa-nulth First Nations members only
Butter Clam Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 0 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.
Horse Clam Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12 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.
Possession Limit Pieces 24
Littleneck Clam Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 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.
Manila Clam Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 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.
Razor Clam Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 8 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.
Clams Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 75 - When open, all species aggregate daily limit combined Areas 1 to 27 is 75, 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.
Clams Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 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.
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 All species aggregate daily limit combined. Pacific Rim National Park (Area 23) daily limit:12. Areas 28 and 29 are closed to all bivalve harvest due to contamination. Combined aggregate daily limit of all mussel species is 75.
California Mussel Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12 All species aggregate daily limit combined. Pacific Rim National Park (Area 23) daily limit:12. Areas 28 and 29 are closed to all bivalve harvest due to contamination. Combined aggregate daily limit of all mussel species is 75.
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 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 (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124).
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

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

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
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 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


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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

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) 200/400/- 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
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Floats - 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 200 (aggregate limit)
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.


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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. *ZEE: la limite de la Zone Èconomique Exclusive [Fermeture des zones de pêche des monts sous-marins et des évents hydrothermaux du Pacifique]
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