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BC tidal areas 24 and 124 - Tofino and Meares, Vargas, Flores Islands: Recreational fishing limits, openings and closures

You’re responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules:

  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the species regulations tables for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the restrictions tables for special exceptions and more detailed regulations. Make sure you know the:
    • (d) Daily limit: The maximum number of a given fish species that a person is allowed to keep in one day.
    • (p) Possession limit: The maximum number of fish you can have in your possession at any given time, except for what is at your ordinary residence.
    • (a) Annual limit: The total amount of fish of a certain species that may be caught and retained during the course of a fishing year which commences on April 1 and ends the following March 31.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.
  5. Unless otherwise specified, fishing opportunities and closures end at 23:59 hrs on the close-date shown.

Helpful resources:

Area map

Area maps

For a written description of Areas please see the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations 2007.

Area 24: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Area 124: 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 24 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
124 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 24 -/-/- Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) 24 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery) 124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (wild) 124 Barbless Hook & Line -/-/- Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 24 -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 124 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
24 Barbless Hook & Line -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-22 11:05:09

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Outer Clayoquot Closed Annual finfish closure from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Inner Clayoquot Closed Finfish closure from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Kennedy Cove Closed
Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
Salmon Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 8 - The possession limit for all salmon from all waters is twice the daily limit. You cannot possess more than eight salmon in total, except for salmon that are at your ordinary residence.
Coastwide Combined Daily Limit Pieces 4 - The daily limit for all species of Pacific salmon from tidal and fresh waters combined is 4. Individual species limits also apply.
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.
Ahousaht/Millar Channel - South Non Retention Chinook salmon non-retention from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Portion of 24-8 Non Retention Chinook salmon non-retention from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Portion of 24-9 Non Retention Chinook salmon non-retention from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Warn Bay - Outside Non Retention Chinook salmon non-retention from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Grice Bay - Outside Non Retention Chinook salmon non-retention from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Coho salmon (hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:02

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Ahousaht/Millar Channel - South That portion of sub area 24-6 southerly of a line commencing at Kutcous Point (49° 14.961N, 126° 04.817W) on Flores Island to 49° 14.637 N, 126° 00.825 W on Vancouver Island near the Chetarpe I.R.
Grice Bay - Outside That portion of Sub area 24-11 outside or west of a line between boundary signs approximately half way inside Grice Bay to the head of Grice Bay.
Inner Clayoquot Subareas 24-1 to 24-5, that portion of Subarea 24-6 northerly of a line commencing at Kutcous Point (49 degrees 14.961N, and 126 degrees 04.817'W) on Flores Island to 49 degrees 14.637' N, and 126 degrees 00.825'W on Vancouver Island near the Chetarpe I.R Subarea 24-7, that portion of sub area 24-9 easterly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point (49° 08.069N, 125° 51.169) on Meares Island to 49° 07.483 N, 125° 51.811 W on Vancouver Island and westerly of a line commencing at Auseth Point continuing true south to the Vancouver Island shoreline, that portion of Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary signs at the entrance to Warn Bay, that portion of Subarea 24-11 inside a line between boundary signs approximately half way inside Grice Bay to the head of Grice Bay, and 24-12 to 24-14.
Kennedy Cove that portion of 24-12, those waters of Kennedy Cove inside or northwesterly of a line between two fishing boundary signs on the outer southwest corner and the outer northeast corner of the cove.
Outer Clayoquot That portion of Subarea 124-3 approximately 1 nm seaward of the surfline beginning at Ahous Point to 49°10.280' N 126°04.790' W seaward of Blunden Island, then to 49°16.472' N 126°15.140' W seaward of Rafael Point, then to 49°20.008' N 126°17.188' W seaward of Sydney Inlet, then to 49°23.807' N 126°24.483' W seaward of Hesquiat Point, then to 49°21.620' N 126°28.478' W seaward of Matlahaw Point.
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.
Portion of 24-8 That portion of 24-8 shoreward of a line drawn from Cox Point to the Lennard Island light, to Echachis Island to Wickaninnish Island to Moser Point.
Portion of 24-9 That portion of sub area 24-9 westerly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point (49° 08.069N, 125° 51.169 W) on Meares Island to 49° 07.483 N, 125° 51.811 W on Vancouver Island, and westerly of a line commencing at Auseth Point continuing true south to the Vancouver Island shoreline.
Warn Bay - Outside That portion of Sub area 24-10 outside or southwest of a line between boundary signs at the entrance to the Warn Bay.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:02

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Learn more about fishing for finfish

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern anchovy 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other finfish species 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sand lance 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sardine 24,124 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf smelt 24,124 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, Albacore 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Codfish 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving -/-/10 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 24,124 65cm Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Perch 24,124 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All species combined 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, Bocaccio 24,124 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, Yelloweye 24,124 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Sablefish 24,124 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 24,124 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species 24,124 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Shark, Basking 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, Sixgill 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 24,124 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny dogfish 24,124 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 24,124 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (hatchery) 24,124 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (wild) 24,124 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf eel 24,124 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:47:56

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish Outer Clayoquot Closed Annual finfish closure from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Inner Clayoquot Closed Finfish closure from August 1 to October 31 inclusive.
Kennedy Cove Closed
Pacific Rim National Park Closed Finfish closure - Closed to spear fishing while diving.
Herring 24,124 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Eulachon Coastwide Closed
Codfish 24,124 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Season Planning Halibut: The recreational halibut fishery continues April 1, 2022 under the 2022/23 Conditions of Licence, and is expected to continue until December 31 2022. Non-residents of Canada wishing to fish and retain halibut in Areas 121, 23 and 123, must obtain their licence from a licence vendor in Canada - view: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/iap-fai-eng.html; that is, a licence purchased directly over the internet by a non-resident is not valid for halibut fishing in these areas.
Coastwide Reminder The daily and possession limit for halibut is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off), OR three (3) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off). No person shall retain a halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length (102 cm head-off). Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.
24,124 Maximum Length Head On (cm) 133 cm The maximum overall length for halibut is 133 cm head-on, or 102 cm head-off.
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - for in-season requirements, please see current regulations/restrictions for specific areas, gear and individual species limits, and closures/exceptions. INSIDE WATERS - Generally open May 1 to September 30, for Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5. Closed year round - Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17. OUTSIDE WATERS - Generally Open April 1 to November 15, for Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142, 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (portion).
24,124 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 24,124 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).
24,124 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.
24,124 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:52

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Inner Clayoquot Subareas 24-1 to 24-5, that portion of Subarea 24-6 northerly of a line commencing at Kutcous Point (49 degrees 14.961N, and 126 degrees 04.817'W) on Flores Island to 49 degrees 14.637' N, and 126 degrees 00.825'W on Vancouver Island near the Chetarpe I.R Subarea 24-7, that portion of sub area 24-9 easterly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point (49° 08.069N, 125° 51.169) on Meares Island to 49° 07.483 N, 125° 51.811 W on Vancouver Island and westerly of a line commencing at Auseth Point continuing true south to the Vancouver Island shoreline, that portion of Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary signs at the entrance to Warn Bay, that portion of Subarea 24-11 inside a line between boundary signs approximately half way inside Grice Bay to the head of Grice Bay, and 24-12 to 24-14.
Kennedy Cove that portion of 24-12, those waters of Kennedy Cove inside or northwesterly of a line between two fishing boundary signs on the outer southwest corner and the outer northeast corner of the cove.
Outer Clayoquot That portion of Subarea 124-3 approximately 1 nm seaward of the surfline beginning at Ahous Point to 49°10.280' N 126°04.790' W seaward of Blunden Island, then to 49°16.472' N 126°15.140' W seaward of Rafael Point, then to 49°20.008' N 126°17.188' W seaward of Sydney Inlet, then to 49°23.807' N 126°24.483' W seaward of Hesquiat Point, then to 49°21.620' N 126°28.478' W seaward of Matlahaw Point.
Pacific Rim National Park Pacific_Rim_National_Park.pdf Pacific Rim National Park (portions of Areas 20 to 24, 121, 123 and 124). A complete description of the park boundaries is at https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/n-14.01/ - see Schedule 2 - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:52

Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish and snails

Eating contaminated shellfish can be life threatening. Closures change frequently throughout the year. It is illegal to harvest shellfish from closed or contaminated areas.

Bivalve shellfish have 2 hinged shells. Because they feed by filtering microscopic plankton from the water, changes in water quality can cause unsafe marine biotoxins, bacteria, or viruses to build up in their tissue. Snails can also accumulate toxins and pollutants. Learn more about shellfish harvesting.

How to follow the rules

  1. Check for contamination in the subarea where you plan to harvest.
  2. If no contamination closures are in effect, check species regulations and additional harvest restrictions.
  3. Questions? Email us at DFO.PAC.CSSP-PCAM.PAC.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Bivalve shellfish contamination closures

Planned bivalve shellfish harvesting closures

Look at the first column below to see which species are safe to harvest. If there is information in the second column, it is illegal and unsafe to harvest any bivalve species in those areas.

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
24-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-6
  • 24-6.B: Closed to All Bivalve Species
  • 24-6.A: Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-9 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oysters, All
24-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
24-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
124-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Last updated: 2022-09-29 15:15:36

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 24 Hand Digging 20/40/-
Clam, Horse 24 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 24 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Manila 24 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Razor 24 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 24 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 24 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Cockles 24,124 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 24 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 24 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 24 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 24,124 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 24,124 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 24,124 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 24,124 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:29:51

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. - Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. - Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Bivalve Species Coastwide Reminder Because of the risk of contamination, you are not allowed to harvest bivalve shellfish (for any purpose) within: (1) 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges (2) 125 metres around a marina, ferry wharf, floating living accommodation, or any finfish net pen (exceptions described as follows) (3) 25 meters around any floating living accommodation facility located within a shellfish aquaculture tenure where a zero-discharge and appropriate waste management plan is a condition of the Aquaculture Licence and is approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee (4) 0 meters of any finfish net pen within an aquaculture tenure where an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Management Plan approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee is in operation.
Coastwide Reminder Clams: No person shall retain a Manila Clam or Littleneck Clam smaller than 35 mm, nor a Butter Clam smaller than 55 mm.
Clam, Butter Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 0 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Horse Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 6 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Littleneck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Manila Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 24 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clam, Razor Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 8 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 6 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Clams, All Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 60 - When open, all species aggregate daily limit combined Areas 1 to 27 is 60, except Pacific Rim National Park where the all species aggregate limit is 24.
24,124 Gear Restriction It is illegal to use any mechanical apparatus or dredge for harvesting clams.
Reminder Clam harvesters are encouraged to fill in holes to reduce predation on exposed juvenile clams.
Geoduck Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 3 - Pacific Rim National Park aggregate daily limit: 8 razors, 3 geoducks, 12 horse clams, 24 littleneck or Manila clams, and 0 butter clams, and maximum aggregate of all clam species is 24.
Mussel, Blue Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussel, California Pacific Rim National Park Daily Limit Pieces 12
Mussels, All 24,124 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.
24,124 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 24,124 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:39

Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
24.1 Van Nevel Channel and Duffin Passage 24.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Templar Channel, Van Nevel Channel, Duffin Passage, and Browning Passage, inside a line drawn from the eastern shore of Esowista Peninsula at 49°07.64' north latitude and 125°53.02' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the green navigation buoy in Browning Passage at 49°08.37' north latitude and 125°52.07' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point of land on Meares Island at 49°09.01' north latitude and 125°51.95' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline to a point on land on Meares Island at 49°09.22' north latitude and 125°52.50' west longitude, thence due west to the southernmost tip of Morpheus Island at 49°09.22' north latitude and 125°52.70' west longitude, thence northwesterly following the shoreline to a point on land at 49°09.47' north latitude and 125°52.91' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point on land on Stockham Island at 49°10.14' north latitude and 125°53.72' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline of Stockham Island to its northernmost tip at 49°10.39' north latitude and 125°54.16' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point of land on Meares Island, north of the Opitsat wharf at 49°10.48' north latitude and 125°54.26' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline of Meares Island to a point of land southeast of Schindler Point at 49°10.46' north latitude and 125°55.21' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the northeastern-most tip of Stubbs Island at 49°09.72' north latitude and 125°55.50' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to an unnamed point on the southern tip of Stubbs Island at 49°09.21' north latitude and 125°55.94' west longitude, thence southerly to the easternmost tip of Wickaninnish Island at 49°08.53' north latitude and 125°56.00' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to an unnamed point on the southeast tip of the island at 49°07.91' north latitude and 125°56.21' west longitude, thence southeasterly to the northeastern-most tip of Echachis Island at 49°07.82' north latitude and 125°56.15' west longitude, thence southerly following the shoreline to southwestern tip of the island at 49°07.47' north latitude and 125°56.43' west longitude, thence easterly to an unnamed point on the west side of the Esowista Peninsula at 49°07.51' north latitude and 125°54.39' west longitude, thence following the shoreline northeasterly to an unnamed point on the south side of MacKenzie Beach at 49°07.68' north latitude and 125°54.16' west longitude, thence northwesterly to an unnamed point on the north side of MacKenzie Beach at 49°08.00' north latitude and 125°54.58' west longitude, thence following the shoreline of the Esowista Peninsula to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
24.10 Matilda Inlet 24.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Matilda Inlet, Flores Island, south of a line drawn from the point of land at 49°17.17' north latitude and 126°04.23' west longitude, thence due west to the opposite side of the inlet to a point on land at 49°17.17' north latitude and 126°04.37' west longitude. [NAD83]
24.11 Sydney Inlet 24.11.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Sydney Inlet within a radius of 800 m of the wastewater outfall terminus at 49°22.01' north latitude and 126°15.30' west longitude, extending northwesterly along the shore of Openit Peninsula to a point on land at 49°22.39' north latitude and 126°15.60' west longitude, and southeasterly along the shore of Openit Peninsula to a point on land at 49°21.58' north latitude and 126°15.22' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.12 Northeast side of Sharp Island, Lemmens Inlet 24.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the northeast side of Sharp Island, Lemmens Inlet, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°11.17' north latitude and 125°51.89' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.13 Southeast side of Lagoon Island, Lemmens Inlet 24.13.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the southeast side of Lagoon Island, Lemmens Inlet, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°11.72' north latitude and 125°52.26' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.14 Millar Channel 24.14.jpeg Those waters of Millar Channel inside a line that begins at a point in water at 49°17.72'N 126°03.16'W then to a point in water at 49°17.72'N 126°02.74'W then to a point in water at 49°16.91'N 126°01.93'W then to a point in water at 49°16.75'N 126°01.80'W then to a point in water at 49°16.59'N 126°01.73'W then to a point in water at 49°16.15'N 126°01.67'W then to a point in water at 49°15.77'N 126°01.62'W then to a point in water at 49°15.00'N 126°01.38'W then to a point in water at 49°14.97'N 126°01.72'W then to a point in water at 49°16.16'N 126°02.09'W then to a point in water at 49°16.44'N 126°02.22'W then to a point in water at 49°16.66'N 126°02.36'W then to a point in water at 49°16.78'N 126°02.48'W then to a point in water at 49°16.87'N 126°02.58'W then to a point in water at 49°16.90'N 126°02.77'W then to a point in water at 49°17.05'N 126°02.92'W then northwesterly back to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
24.4 Portion of Warn Bay 24.4.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of the small bay north of the Maltby Islets, in Warn Bay, from a point on Vancouver Island at 49°14.70' north latitude and 125°46.26' west longitude, thence southerly to a point on a small unnamed islet at 49°14.57' north latitude and 125°46.26' west longitude, thence following the shoreline of the islet easterly to a point at 49°14.57' north latitude and 125°46.19' west longitude, thence to a point on Vancouver Island at 49°14.62' north latitude and 125°46.15' west longitude, thence following the Vancouver Island shoreline northwesterly to the point of commencement. [NAD83]
24.7 Hot Springs Cove Dock 24.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hot Springs Cove north of line drawn from a point on Openit Peninsula located at 49°21.66' north latitude and 126°15.94' west longitude true west to a point on the shoreline of Vancouver Island located at 49°21.66' north latitude and 126°16.18' west longitude. [NAD 83]
24.8 Lemmens Inlet, land file #1405436 24.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Lemmens Inlet, within a distance of 25 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°13.49' north latitude and 125°51.28' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1405436. [NAD 83]
24.bb Millar Channel 24.bb.jpeg Those waters of Millar Channel inside a line that begins at a point in water at 49°18.25'N 126°03.94'W then to a point in water at 49°18.21'N 126°01.84'W then to a point in water at 49°17.18'N 126°02.20'W then to a point in water at 49°17.00'N 126°01.98'W then to a point in water at 49°16.82'N 126°01.80'W then to a point in water at 49°16.52'N 126°01.65'W then to a point in water at 49°16.40'N 126°01.62'W then to a point in water at 49°16.26'N 126°01.61'W then to a point in water at 49°16.09'N 126°01.55'W then to a point in water at 49°15.78'N 126°01.51'W then to a point in water at 49°15.23'N 126°01.10'W then to a point in water at 49°14.88'N 126°01.16'W then to a point in water at 49°14.42'N 126°01.63'W then to a point in water at 49°14.34'N 126°02.24'W then to a point in water at 49°15.03'N 126°02.08'W then to a point in water at 49°16.11'N 126°02.18'W then to a point in water at 49°16.56'N 126°02.32'W then to a point in water at 49°16.59'N 126°02.47'W then to a point in water at 49°16.83'N 126°03.01'W then to a point in water at 49°17.12'N 126°03.16'W then to a point in water at 49°17.81'N 126°03.29'W then northwesterly back to the point of commencement. [NAD83].
24-6.A 24-6.A.jpeg That portion of Subarea 24-6 east of a line from an unnamed point on Vargas Island at 49°12.984' north latitude, 126°01.0433' west longitude drawn North to a point near Eby Rock at 49°13.143' north latitude, 126°01.189' west longitude then South of a line to the western most point on Morphee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude), then east of a line from this point to a prominent unnamed point on Vancouver Island approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the western most point of Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude)
24-6.B 24-6.B.jpeg Subarea 24-6 except that portion of Subarea 24-6 east of a line from an unnamed point on Vargas Island at 49°12.984' north latitude, 126°01.0433' west longitude drawn North to a point near Eby Rock at 49°13.143' north latitude, 126°01.189' west longitude then South of a line to the western most point on Morphee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude), then east of a line from this point to a prominent unnamed point on Vancouver Island approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the western most point of Morfee Island (at 49°13.6' north latitude, 125°58.1' west longitude)

Last updated: 2022-09-29 15:15:36

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: 2022-09-20 18:36:39

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

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Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 24,124 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 24,124 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 24,124 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:28:46

Restrictions

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Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. - Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. - Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction Rot Cord - All crab traps must have a section in the top or sidewall that has been secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 (approximately 5 mm or 3/16 inch diameter). This twine is often referred to as rot cord. On deterioration this must produce a rectangular opening with a minimum size of 7 cm x 20 cm, or a square opening with a minimum size of 11 cm x 11 cm. This regulation is intended to ensure that if the trap is lost, the section secured by the cord will rot, allowing captive crabs to escape, and preventing the trap from continuing to fish. On traps with a rigid frame and a freely opening hinged lid the trap lid must be secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 so that the trap lid will open freely when the rot cord is broken. No other fastenings may impede the hinged lid of the trap from opening.
Coastwide Gear Restriction Crab traps are required to have two unobstructed circular escape holes or rings, measuring a minimum of 105 mm in diameter
Coastwide Gear Restriction Gear Permitted Maximum of 2 ring nets, dip nets or traps or combination of these per fisher. Ensure gear is properly marked. Hand picking is permitted including by diving. No sharp-pointed instruments are permitted for harvesting crab. It is illegal to use snares in catching or attempting to catch crabs.
Reminder Keep navigation channels clear of buoys and lines. Any fishing gear that interferes with safe navigation can be removed under the Navigation Protection Act.
Crab 24,124 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 King crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Dungeness crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Dungeness crab
Red Rock crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Red Rock crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Red Rock crab

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:32

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: 2022-09-20 18:36:32

Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 24,124 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Barnacles, Goose 24,124 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 24,124 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 24,124 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 24,124 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 24,124 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 24,124 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 24,124 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 24,124 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 24,124 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:31:16

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Shellfish Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only - EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. - Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. - Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.
Pacific Rim National Park Closed These waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers, all year.
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Traps must be marked with floating tag or buoy that has your name on it. This includes traps tied to a boat or dock or fished from shore. If two traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator's name to one end of the ground-line.
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 125
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.
Coastwide Reminder Spot Prawns (Pandalus platyceros) with eggs: No person shall retain prawns carrying eggs, or remove eggs from the underside of prawns carrying eggs. All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail shall be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:58

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: 2022-09-20 18:36:58

Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure name
24-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
24-6 Rockfish Conservation Area Vargas Island to Dunlap Island
24-7 Rockfish Conservation Area Bedwell Sound
Saranac Island
124-1 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents
124-2 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents
124-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
124-4 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:25:11

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Bedwell Sound Bedwell_Sound.png Those waters of Bedwell Sound in Subarea 24-7 that lie southerly of the parallel passing through 49°20.000' north latitude and northerly of the parallel passing through 49°15.600' north latitude
Estevan Point Estevan_Point.png Those portions of Subareas 24-1, 124-3, 124-4, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-5 that lie inside of a line that: begins at 49°23.526'N 126°27.818'W north of Matlahaw Point then to 49°19.500'N 126°23.900'W in water then to 49°17.000'N 126°31.200'W in water then to 49°22.100'N 126°44.700'W in water then to 49°25.067'N 126°34.598'W Hesquiat Peninsula then following the southerly shore of Hesquiat Peninsula 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]
Saranac Island Saranac_Island.png In Subarea 24-7, those waters that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°15.500'N 125°55.621'W north of Hecate Bay then to 49°15.500'N 125°52.021'W Vancouver Island then easterly following the shoreline to the intersection with the meridian passing through 125°51.450' west longitude, then true south to the intersection with the shoreline of Meares Island, then westerly following the shoreline of Meares Island To 49°14.100'N 125°53.926'W north of Ritchie Bay then to 49°14.725'N 125°56.182'W Kraan Head then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Vargas Island to Dunlap Island Vargas_Island_to_Dunlap_Island.png That portion of Subarea 24-6 that lies inside a line that:begins at 49°13.560'N 125°57.887'W in water then through Morfee Island to 49°13.300'N 125°56.750'W Dunlap Island then following the westerly shoreline of Dunlap Island to 49°12.941'N 125°56.373'W Dunlap Island then to 49°12.100'N 125°57.048'W Vargas Island then westerly following the shoreline of Vargas Island to 49°12.600'N 125°58.132'W Vargas Island then to the beginning point

Last updated: 2022-08-05 15:25:11

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