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BC tidal area 25 and 125 - Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet: 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 25: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Area 125: 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 25 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
125 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open until Jul 31 (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 25-1 to 25-8,25-15 -/-/- Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
25-9 to 25-14,25-16 Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 25 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) 125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Wild) 25 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 1/2/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 25 -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 25,125 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Matchlee Bay Closed
Outer Nootka Island closures Closed
Nootka/Esperanza Closures 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 Daily Limit Pieces 2
Minimum Size (cm) 45 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Chinook Salmon Seaward of the WCVI Boundary Line - 125 Annual Limit Pieces 10
Daily Limit Pieces 2
Maximum Length Head On (cm) 80 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Chinook Salmon Matchlee Bay Annual Limit Pieces 10
Daily Limit Pieces 2
Minimum Size (cm) 45 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 25 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2
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
Matchlee Bay Matchlee Bay/ Muchalat Inlet - That portion of Subarea 25-1 located southerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at 49°39.449'N and 126°06.040'W to a point located north of Black Creek at 49° 39.369'N and 126°05.165'W
Nootka/Esperanza Closures - That portion of Subarea 25-1 located westerly of a line drawn from a point located at 49 degrees 40.264°N and 126 degrees 10.955°W near McCurdy Creek across Muchalat Inlet to the light on Victor Island then to a point located at 49 degrees 39.496°N and 126 degrees 08.581°W. - That portion of Subarea 25-1 located northerly of a line drawn from a point at 49 degrees 40.500°N and 126 degrees 07.654°W at the green flashing light to a point located on the opposite side of the Gold River located at 49 degrees 40.694°N and 126 degrees 06.377°W. -Subareas 25-2 and 25-3. - That portion of Subarea 25-4 located southerly of a line drawn from a point located at 49 degrees 39.752°N and 126 degrees 28.795°W located on Concepcion Point across Hanna Channel to a point located at 49 degrees 40.175°N and 126 degrees 28.161°W. -That portion of Subarea 25-4 inside Hisnit Inlet northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 ° 43.903'N and 126 ° 29.639'W, then drawn southwesterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 ° 43.680'N and 126 ° 30.322'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 inside Nesook Bay easterly of a line beginning at 49 ° 46.205'N and 126 ° 24.997'W, then drawn southerly across the bay to a point located at 49 ° 45.594'N and 126 ° 25.018'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 northwesterly of a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay. -That portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, north of a line beginning at the northeastern tip of Strange Island located at 49 ° 43.314'N and 126 ° 37.486'W, then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 ° 43.315'N and 126 ° 36.817'W. -Subareas 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-12. - Subarea 25-14 - That portion of Subarea 25-15 located easterly of a line drawn from a point located at 49° 38.640°N and 126° 29.877°W across Zuciarte Channel to a point located at 49° 38.319°N and 126° 28.867°W. - Subarea 25-16
Outer Nootka Island closures That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528'N and 126 degrees 55.605'W to a point located at 49 degrees 44.965'N and 127 degrees 01.823'W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then to the Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806'N and 126 degrees 49.976'W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 34.125'N and 126 degrees 46.942'W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341'N and 126 degrees 45.141'W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located adjacent to this closed area. - - That portion of Subareas 25-7, 125-1 and 125-2 inside a line beginning at a point on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 33.845'W (north of Escalante Point), then westerly to a point approximately 1 nautical mile offshore located at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 35.967'W, then southerly approximately 8.8 nautical miles to a point intersecting the Estevan Point RCA boundary located at 49 degrees 24.688'N and 126 degrees 35.593'W, then to a point on Vancouver Island (on Hesquiat Peninsula) at 49 degrees 25.067'N and 126 degrees 34.598'W.
Seaward of the WCVI Boundary Line - 125 Seaward_of_the_WCVI_Boundary_Line-125.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

Learn more about fishing for finfish

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern Anchovy 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Finfish species 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sand Lance 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sardine 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf Smelt 25,125 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
All other shark species 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Bocaccio Rockfish 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Codfish 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 2/-/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 25,125 65cm Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Perch 25,125 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Sablefish 25,125 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Salmon Shark 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 25,125 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 25,125 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny Dogfish 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (Hatchery) 25,125 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (Wild) 25,125 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf Eel 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Yelloweye Rockfish 25,125 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 Matchlee Bay Closed
Outer Nootka Island closures Closed
Nootka/Esperanza Closures Closed
Herring 25,125 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 25,125 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.
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning See Rockfish Season Planning
25,125 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch 25,125 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).
25,125 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 & 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.
25,125 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
Matchlee Bay Matchlee Bay/ Muchalat Inlet - That portion of Subarea 25-1 located southerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at 49°39.449'N and 126°06.040'W to a point located north of Black Creek at 49° 39.369'N and 126°05.165'W
Nootka/Esperanza Closures - That portion of Subarea 25-1 located westerly of a line drawn from a point located at 49 degrees 40.264°N and 126 degrees 10.955°W near McCurdy Creek across Muchalat Inlet to the light on Victor Island then to a point located at 49 degrees 39.496°N and 126 degrees 08.581°W. - That portion of Subarea 25-1 located northerly of a line drawn from a point at 49 degrees 40.500°N and 126 degrees 07.654°W at the green flashing light to a point located on the opposite side of the Gold River located at 49 degrees 40.694°N and 126 degrees 06.377°W. -Subareas 25-2 and 25-3. - That portion of Subarea 25-4 located southerly of a line drawn from a point located at 49 degrees 39.752°N and 126 degrees 28.795°W located on Concepcion Point across Hanna Channel to a point located at 49 degrees 40.175°N and 126 degrees 28.161°W. -That portion of Subarea 25-4 inside Hisnit Inlet northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 ° 43.903'N and 126 ° 29.639'W, then drawn southwesterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 ° 43.680'N and 126 ° 30.322'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 inside Nesook Bay easterly of a line beginning at 49 ° 46.205'N and 126 ° 24.997'W, then drawn southerly across the bay to a point located at 49 ° 45.594'N and 126 ° 25.018'W. -That portion of Subarea 25-5 northwesterly of a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay. -That portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, north of a line beginning at the northeastern tip of Strange Island located at 49 ° 43.314'N and 126 ° 37.486'W, then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 ° 43.315'N and 126 ° 36.817'W. -Subareas 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-12. - Subarea 25-14 - That portion of Subarea 25-15 located easterly of a line drawn from a point located at 49° 38.640°N and 126° 29.877°W across Zuciarte Channel to a point located at 49° 38.319°N and 126° 28.867°W. - Subarea 25-16
Outer Nootka Island closures That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528'N and 126 degrees 55.605'W to a point located at 49 degrees 44.965'N and 127 degrees 01.823'W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then to the Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806'N and 126 degrees 49.976'W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 34.125'N and 126 degrees 46.942'W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341'N and 126 degrees 45.141'W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located adjacent to this closed area. - - That portion of Subareas 25-7, 125-1 and 125-2 inside a line beginning at a point on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 33.845'W (north of Escalante Point), then westerly to a point approximately 1 nautical mile offshore located at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 35.967'W, then southerly approximately 8.8 nautical miles to a point intersecting the Estevan Point RCA boundary located at 49 degrees 24.688'N and 126 degrees 35.593'W, then to a point on Vancouver Island (on Hesquiat Peninsula) at 49 degrees 25.067'N and 126 degrees 34.598'W.


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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)
25-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-11 Littleneck Clam;Manila Clam;Mussels;Oysters
25-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
25-16 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
125-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species


2021-07-22 14:46:37

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Blue Mussel 25 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Butter Clam 25 Hand Digging 20/40/-
California Mussel 25 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Cockles 25,125 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 25 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Horse Clam 25 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Littleneck Clam 25 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Manila Clam 25 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Moon Snail 25,125 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 25,125 0/0/0
Other Snail 25,125 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 25,125 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Pink And Spiny Scallop 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Razor Clam 25 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Rock Scallop 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Softshell Clam 25 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Varnish Clam 25 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Weathervane Scallop 25,125 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 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.
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.
25,125 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.
Mussels 25,125 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.
25,125 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 25,125 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.


2021-05-05 12:18:11

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 25,125 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King Crab 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 25,125 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 25,125 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)


2021-05-05 12:07:58

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 25,125 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
Gold River Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 70g/week
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
Gold River Waters of Muchalat Inlet lying east of the Gold River Harbour limit, and in those waters of Muchalat Inlet lying east of a line between Anderson Point and Atrevida Point.


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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 25,125 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Giant Barnacles 25,125 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Goose Barnacles 25,125 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 25,125 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Opal Squid 25,125 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open
Other Shellfish species 25,125 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 25,125 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Urchin 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 25,125 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 25,125 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Starfish Sea Star 25,125 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open


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Restrictions

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Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
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.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure Name
125 Marine Protected Area Endeavour Hydrothermal Vent Marine Protected Area
125-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
125-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
West of Bajo Reef
125-3 Rockfish Conservation Area West of Bajo Reef
125-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Estevan Point
125-6 Area of Interest Offshore Pacific Seamounts and Vents

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Endeavour Hydrothermal Vent Marine Protected Area Endeavour_Hydrothermal_Vent_Marine_Protected_Area.png The area is bounded by a line drawn from a point at 47°54'N, 129°02'W, from there west to a point at 47°54'N, 129°08'W, from there north to a point at 48°01'N, 129°08'W, from there east to a point at 48°01'N, 129°02'W, and from there south to the point of beginning.
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]
West of Bajo Reef West_of_Bajo_Reef.png Those portions of Subareas 125-2 and 125-3 that lie inside a line that:begins at 49°37.900'N 127°01.111'W in water then to 49°37.900'N 126°52.600'W in water then to 49°33.500'N 126°52.600'W in water then to the beginning point.


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