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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. Make sure you have a current BC Tidal Waters sport fishing licence with you at all times. Are you using using the FishingBC App for electronic licensing and catch recording? Learn more.
  2. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  3. Check the species regulations tables for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  4. 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 starts on April 1 and ends the following March 31.
  5. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.
  6. Unless otherwise specified, fishing opportunities and closures end at 23:59 hrs on the close-date shown.

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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

  • You must have a valid a salmon conservation stamp on your BC Tidal Waters sport fishing licence if you plan to retain salmon.
  • You must immediately and permanently record all retained chinook on your paper licence, your NRLS catch log or the FishingBC app catch log.
  • Learn more about fishing for salmon

Maps

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 0/0/0 Non-retention until Jul 14 (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 25-1 to 25-8,25-15 -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
25-9 to 25-14,25-16 -/-/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
125 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery and 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) 125 Barbless Hook & Line -/-/- Non-retention until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
25 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- 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)

Last updated: 2024-06-04 12:10:39

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Salmon Coastwide Combined Daily Limit Pieces 4 - The daily limit for all species of Pacific salmon from tidal and fresh waters combined is 4. Individual species limits also apply.
Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 8 - The possession limit for all salmon from all waters is twice the daily limit. You cannot possess more than eight salmon in total, except for salmon that are at your ordinary residence.
Chinook salmon Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must permanently record all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The licence holder may alternatively record retained catch immediately in an electronic licence held in an approved third-party application linked to their National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS) account, or if mobile internet access is immediately available, directly in their NRLS account. The licence holder shall ensure that all mandatory catch records for the current licence year are produced, either on the licence (paper or electronic), or from the licence holder’s NRLS account at the time of inspection.
25,125 Annual Limit Pieces 10 - The coastwide total annual limit for chinook salmon is 10 from all tidal waters that are open to chinook retention.
WCVI Boundary Line - Shoreward Annual Limit Pieces 10
Daily Limit Pieces 2
Minimum Size (cm) 45 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Chinook salmon Seaward of the WCVI Boundary Line - 125 Non Retention
Coho salmon (hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Last updated: 2024-06-04 12:10:11

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
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.

Last updated: 2024-06-04 12:10:11

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

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)
Eulachon 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern anchovy 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other finfish species 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific sand lance 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific sardine 25,125 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Surf smelt 25,125 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
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
Halibut 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/10 Open until Dec 31 (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)
Rockfish, Yelloweye 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15
Sablefish 25,125 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sculpin 25,125 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species excluding dogfish 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Shark, Basking 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Shark, Sixgill 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 25,125 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 25,125 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny dogfish 25,125 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Trout (hatchery) 25,125 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open
Trout (wild) 25,125 0/0/- Non-retention
Wolf eel 25,125 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention

Last updated: 2024-05-01 00:06:08

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
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 Coastwide Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Reminder As a Condition of Licence, the possession limit for halibut is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring 85 cm to 126 cm in length (65 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR two (2) halibut, each measuring under 85 cm in length (65 cm head-off). No person shall retain a halibut greater than 126 cm head-on length (97 cm head-off). Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.
Coastwide Maximum Length Head On (cm) 126 cm - The maximum overall length for halibut is 126 cm head-on, or 97 cm head-off.
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only: for in-season requirements, please see current regulations/restrictions for specific areas, gear and individual species limits, and closures/exceptions. INSIDE WATERS - Generally open May 1 to September 30, for Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5. Closed year round - Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17. OUTSIDE WATERS - Generally open April 1 to November 15, for Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142, 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (portion).
25,125 Reminder Lingcod: Fillets, including the tail, must meet the minimum "head off" size limit of 53 cm. (21 in.)
Perch Coastwide Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch.
Rockfish, All species combined Coastwide Reminder Rockfish - Anglers in vessels shall immediately return all rockfish that are not being retained to the water and to a similar depth from which they were caught by use of an inverted weighted barbless hook or other purpose-built descender device.
Coastwide Season Planning For planning purposes only: for in-season requirements, please see current regulations/restrictions for specific areas, gear and individual species limits, and closures/exceptions. INSIDE WATERS - Generally open May 1 to September 30, for Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5. Closed year round - Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17. OUTSIDE WATERS - Generally Open April 1 to November 15, for Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142, 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (portion).
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 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.
25,125 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:10:34

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Bivalve shellfish and snails

Bivalve shellfish and snails

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

Bivalve shellfish have 2 hinged shells. Because they feed by filtering microscopic plankton from the water, changes in water quality can cause unsafe marine biotoxins, bacteria, or viruses to build up in their tissue.

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

Learn more about shellfish harvesting.

How to follow the rules

  1. Check for contamination in the subarea where you plan to harvest.
  2. If no contamination closures are in effect, check species regulations and additional harvest restrictions.
  3. Littleneck, Manila and butter clams are subject to a minimum size limit. See below under restrictions for more information on clam size limits.
  4. Questions? Email us at DFO.PACCSSP-PCAMPAC.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Bivalve shellfish contamination closures

Planned bivalve shellfish harvesting closures

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

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
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 Clam, Littleneck;Clam, Manila;Mussels, All;Oyster, Pacific
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 Closed to All Bivalve Species
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

Last updated: 2024-06-07 13:15:26

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Butter 25 Hand Digging 20/40/-
Clam, Horse 25 Hand Digging 6/12/-
Clam, Littleneck 25 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Manila 25 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clam, Razor 25 Hand Digging 12/24/-
Clam, Softshell 25 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Clam, Varnish 25 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Clams, All 25 Hand Digging 60/120/-
Cockles 25,125 Hand Digging 25/50/-
Geoduck 25 Hand Digging, Hand Picking 3/6/-
Mussel, Blue 25 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Mussel, California 25 Hand Picking 25/50/-
Oyster, Olympia 25,125 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 25,125 Hand Picking 12/24/-
Scallop, Pink and Spiny 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 75/150/-
Scallop, Rock 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Scallop, Weathervane 25,125 Diving, Hand Picking 6/12/-
Snail, Moon 25,125 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 25,125 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:19:14

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.
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.
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, All 25,125 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.
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.
Snail, Moon 25,125 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2024-04-01 06:16:46

Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
25.1 Friendly Cove, Nootka Island 25.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Friendly Cove, lying inside a line drawn from the westernmost tip of the unnamed island north of San Rafael Island at 49°35.63' north latitude and 126°36.92' west longitude, and thence due north to a point on land on Nootka Island at 49°35.81' north latitude and 126°36.92' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.12 Queen Cove 25.12.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Queen Cove, from a point on land on the east side of the cove at 49°52.44' north latitude and 126°58.89' west longitude, thence in a straight line northwesterly to a point on land on the west side of the cove at 49°52.58' north latitude and 126°59.17' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.15 Ceepeecee 25.15.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at Ceepeecee, Esperanza Inlet, northerly of a straight line drawn from a point of land at 49°52.37' north latitude and 126°43.00' west longitude thence southeasterly to a point on land at 49°52.32' north latitude and 126°42.68' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.16 Esperanza 25.16.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the community of Esperanza, Esperanza Inlet, within a 300 m radius of a point at the mouth of Cover Creek located at 49°52.30' north latitude and 126°44.59' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.19 Allman Lagoon 25.19.jpeg The intertidal foreshore surrounding the unnamed group of islands south of the entrance to Allman Lagoon. The group of islands is 67 meters in height, and is centered at 49°42.10' north latitude and 126°31.78' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.20 Valdes Bay 25.20.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Valdes Bay, east of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°43.80' north latitude and 126°29.32' west longitude northwesterly to a point of land at 49°43.91' north latitude and 126°29.45' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.21 Jewitt Cove 25.21.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Jewitt Cove, Strange Island, south of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°41.52' north latitude and 126°36.10' west longitude true west to a point on land at 49°41.52' north latitude and 126°36.20' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.22 Galiano Bay 25.22.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Galiano Bay, southeast of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°43.14' north latitude and 126°28.00' west longitude southwesterly to a point of land at 49°42.75' north latitude and 126°28.69' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.25 Bligh Island, land file #1408086 25.25.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Bligh Island, within a distance of 25 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°39.34' north latitude and 126°32.60' west longitude, within aquaculture tenure land file #1408086. [NAD 83]
25.26 Plumper Harbour 25.26.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Plumper Harbour, Kendrick Inlet, within a distance of 125 meters from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°41.64' north latitude and 126°38.12' west longitude, adjacent to aquaculture tenure land file #1406265. [NAD83]
25.28 Plumper Harbour, Nootka Island 25.28.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the southern end of Plumper Harbour on Nootka Island, lying within a distance of 240 m of the head of the unnamed cove located at 49°41.37' north latitude and 126°37.78' west longitude. The radius intersects the Nootka Island shore at 49°41.43' north latitude and 126°37.96' west longitude and 49°41.43' north latitude and 126°37.61' west longitude and the Funter Island Shore at 49°41.50' north latitude and 126°37.78' west longitude and 49°41.48' north latitude and 126°37.67' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.29 Marvinas Bay, Nootka Island 25.29.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in Marvinas Bay, Nootka Island, within a distance of 125 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°39.71' north latitude and 126°37.44' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.3 Kendrick Inlet, Nootka Island 25.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Kendrick Inlet, Nootka Island, within a 300 meter radius of the logging camp dock at 49°43.40' north latitude and 126°38.99' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.30 Northwest side of Bligh Island 25.30.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the bay on the northwest side of Bligh Island inside a line from a point of land on Bligh Island at 49°39.86' north latitude and 126°31.90' west longitude southwesterly to the northernmost point on the unnamed islet at 49°39.82' north latitude and 126°32.00' west longitude, thence following the eastern shoreline to the southwesternmost point of the islet at 49°39.77' north latitude and 126°32.04' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point of land at 49°39.72' north latitude and 126°31.98' west longitude on Bligh Island, and thence following the shoreline to the point of commencement. [NAD 83]
25.32 Head Bay, Tlupana Inlet 25.32.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in Head Bay, Tlupana Inlet, within a distance of 125 m from the foot of the Canton Creek Lodge dock located at 49°47.78' north latitude and 126°28.88' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.33 Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet 25.33.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore surrounding the Moutcha Bay Lodge site in Tlupana Inlet, lying inside a line drawn in a 125 m radius from any point on the perimeter of the infrastructure encompassing the dock, sewage outfall pipe, and fish holding pens at the Conuma hatchery docks. The closure commences from a point on land in the west at 49°47.31' north latitude and 126°27.83' west longitude, ending at a point on land in the east at 49°47.36' north latitude and 126°27.30' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.34 Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet 25.34.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Moutcha Bay, Tlupana Inlet, inside a line drawn from the point on land located at 49°47.40' north latitude and 126°27.07' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land located at 49°47.09' north latitude and 126°26.79' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.35 Newton Cove, Espinosa Inlet 25.35.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Newton Cove, on the southwest side of Espinosa Inlet, within a distance of 500 m from the outer perimeter of the floating living accommodation located at or near 49°52.45' north latitude and 126°56.58' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.42 Unnamed Bay, west side of Head Bay 25.42.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the small bay at the west side of Head Bay, from a point on land at 49°47.47' north latitude and 126°29.45' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point on land at 49°47.27' north latitude and 126°29.33' west longitude.' [NAD 83]
25.43 Head of Tahsis Inlet 25.43.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore at the head of Tahsis Inlet, inside a line drawn from a point of land at 49°54.60' north latitude and 126°38.96' west longitude thence southwesterly to a point of land at 49°54.32' north latitude and 126°39.79' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.44 - Head of Port Eliza 25.44.png The waters and intertidal foreshore of the head of Port Eliza, northwest of a line drawn from a point of land at 49°56.27' north latitude and 127°03.04' west longitude easterly to a point on land at 49°56.42' north latitude and 127°02.57' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.45 Espinosa Inlet, Esperanza Inlet 25.45.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the bay in northwest Espinosa Inlet containing landfile 1411097, located easterly of a line drawn from a point on land at 49°58.607' north latitude and 126°56.606' west longitude, thence southwesterly to the opposite point on land at 49°58.442' north latitude and 126°56.447' west longitude. [NAD 83]
25.7 Three Cove Bay 25.7.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Three Cove Bay, east of the narrow entrance with a northern boundary of 49°41.51' north latitude, 126°29.52' west longitude, and a southern boundary of 49°41.49' north latitude, 126°29.53' west longitude [NAD 83].
25.8 Kleeptee Creek 25.8.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore fronting Kleeptee Creek in Williamson Passage, inside of a line from a point on land at 49°39.49' north latitude and 126°22.78' west longitude, thence northwesterly across the bay to a point on land at 49°39.85' north latitude and 126°23.01' west longitude. [NAD83]
25.A Santa Gertrudis Cove, Nootka Island 25.A.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Santa Gertrudis Cove, Nootka Island, inside a line drawn from the point at the southern end of the cove entrance at 49°36.23' north latitude and 126°36.85' west longitude to the point on the northern end of the cove entrance at 49°36.10' north latitude and 126°36.90' west longitude. [NAD 27]

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Crab

Crab

Species regulations

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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)
25,125 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

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Restrictions

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Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction Gear Permitted Maximum of 2 ring nets, dip nets or traps or combination of these per fisher. Ensure gear is properly marked. Hand picking is permitted including by diving. No sharp-pointed instruments are permitted for harvesting crab. It is illegal to use snares in catching or attempting to catch crabs.
Reminder Keep navigation channels clear of buoys and lines. Any fishing gear that interferes with safe navigation can be removed under the Navigation Protection Act.
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction Crab traps are required to have two unobstructed circular escape holes or rings, measuring a minimum of 105 mm in diameter
Coastwide Gear Restriction Crab, Prawn and Shrimp Floats - The primary float attached to crab traps must be cylindrical in shape (includes bullet shaped) and a minimum of 27 cm in length and 12 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than spherical. The primary float attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be spherical in shape and a minimum of 27 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than cylindrical. Floats must be made of a durable material and suitable for operation in marine waters; floats/materials not suitable for use in marine waters are prohibited.
Coastwide Gear Restriction Rot Cord - All crab traps must have a section in the top or sidewall that has been secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 (approximately 5 mm or 3/16 inch diameter). This twine is often referred to as rot cord. On deterioration this must produce a rectangular opening with a minimum size of 7 cm x 20 cm, or a square opening with a minimum size of 11 cm x 11 cm. This regulation is intended to ensure that if the trap is lost, the section secured by the cord will rot, allowing captive crabs to escape, and preventing the trap from continuing to fish. On traps with a rigid frame and a freely opening hinged lid the trap lid must be secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 so that the trap lid will open freely when the rot cord is broken. No other fastenings may impede the hinged lid of the trap from opening.
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 Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 70g/week in those 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.
King crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of King crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Coastwide Sex Restriction As per the Conditions of Licence, it is prohibited to possess female King crab
Dungeness crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Dungeness crab
Red Rock crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Red Rock crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Red Rock crab

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

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
Barnacles, Giant 25,125 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 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 (See Restrictions)
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, Ghost 25,125 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- 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
Squid, Opal 25,125 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- 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
Octopus Coastwide Gear Restriction The use of sharp pointed instruments or chemicals is prohibited.
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Traps must be marked with floating tag or buoy that has your name on it. This includes traps tied to a boat or dock or fished from shore. If two traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator's name to one end of the ground-line.
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 125
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.
Coastwide Gear Restriction Crab, Prawn and Shrimp Floats - The primary float attached to crab traps must be cylindrical in shape (includes bullet shaped) and a minimum of 27 cm in length and 12 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than spherical. The primary float attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be spherical in shape and a minimum of 27 cm in diameter; an optional secondary float may be used of any shape or size other than cylindrical. Floats must be made of a durable material and suitable for operation in marine waters; floats/materials not suitable for use in marine waters are prohibited.
Coastwide Reminder Spot Prawns (Pandalus platyceros) with eggs: No person shall retain prawns carrying eggs, or remove eggs from the underside of prawns carrying eggs. All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail shall be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm.

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Protected areas

Protected areas

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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

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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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