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BC tidal area 29 - Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, Fraser River: 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 map

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

Area 29: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

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Tidal water boundaries in streams and rivers

In streams and rivers, tidal waters and non-tidal waters meet. In Area 29 these boundaries are marked by bridges and rail lines. On the side closest to the ocean, the waters are considered tidal. On the side farthest from the ocean, the waters are considered non-tidal.

Licences and regulations are different for tidal waters and freshwater fishing. Know your boundaries:

  • Brunette River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Campbell River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Chapman Creek: Highway 101 Bridge
  • Coquitlam River: Mary Hill Bypass Bridge
  • Fraser River: CPR Bridge at Mission
  • Kanaka Creek: CPR Bridge
  • Nathan Creek: CNR Bridge
  • Nicomekl River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Pitt River: CPR Bridge
  • Serpentine River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
  • Stave River: CPR Bridge
  • West Creek: CN Railway Bridge
  • Whonnock Creek: CP Rail line
  • York Creek: CP Rail line

See Region 2 (Lower Mainland) for salmon fishing opportunities on the freshwater (non-tidal) side of these boundaries.

Salmon

Salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 62cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 -/-/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 -/-/- Closed
Chum salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 -/-/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 -/-/- Closed
Coho salmon (hatchery) 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/- Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 -/-/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 -/-/- Closed
Coho salmon (wild) 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 -/-/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 -/-/- Closed
Pink salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 -/-/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 -/-/- Closed
Sockeye salmon 29-1 to 29-5,29-8 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
29-6,29-7,29-9,29-10 -/-/- Closed
29-11 to 29-17 -/-/- Closed

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:26:56

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish 29 Reminder In tidal waters, it is illegal to angle with a fishing line that has more than one hook, artificial lure or artificial fly attached, with the following exceptions: (1) When bait fishing, you may attach multiple hooks to hold a single piece of bait as long as the hooks are not arranged to catch more than one fish. (2) When fishing for herring, mackerel, northern anchovy, Pacific sand lance or Pacific sardine you may attach any number of hooks to a line. (3) In the tidal waters of the Fraser River (see area boundary description below), you may fish with two hooks, artificial lures or artificial flies (on one line).
Tidal Waters of the Fraser River Time of Day Restrictions Night-time Restriction - When open by Regulation, fishing for all fin fish including salmon in the tidal waters of the Fraser River is permitted during daylight hours only. Daylight hours are defined as one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
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.
29-3 Reminder As a conditions of licence, the use of downriggers is prohibited in portions of Subareas 28-1, 28-2, 28-3, 28-4, and 29-3 in the Howe Sound glass sponge reef marine refuges and fishery closure areas, as described at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/ceccsr-cerceef/closures-fermetures-eng.html.
Subarea 29-3 SRKW-salmon fishing closure 2022 Closed Closed to fishing for salmon effective August 1 until 23:59 hours October 31 per fisheries management measures for the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales.
29-6 to 29-10 Gear Restriction Single and treble barbless hooks acceptable.
29-6,29-7,29-9 to 29-17 Closed Reminder: These areas are subject to a 42-day window closure to recreational fisheries from 00:01 hours September 19 to 23:59 hours October 30.
29-11 to 29-17 Gear Restriction It is prohibited to use more than one line when sport fishing in the tidal waters of the Fraser River.
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.
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) Portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek Daily Limit Pieces 2
Minimum Size (cm) 30 cm
Possession Limit Pieces 4
Coho salmon (hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:42

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek Portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek of Davis Bay and Trail Bay, inside a half mile ribbon boundary (1/2 mile offshore), commencing from one half mile true South of the Western boundary of Snickett Park (49°27.625'N and 123°45.903'W to one half mile true South of the marker at the entrance to the Port Stalashin Marina (49°25.875'N and 123°42.824'W)
Subarea 29-3 SRKW-salmon fishing closure 2022 Subarea_29-3_SRKW-salmon_fishing_closure_2022.png That portion of Subarea 29-3 inside a line drawn from a point in water at 49°17.519' N and 123°20.404' W easterly to a point in water located on the boundary between Subareas 28-7 and 29-3 at 49°17.400' N and 123°15.867' W, then southerly following the Subarea boundary to a point on land near Point Grey at 49°15.995' N and 123°15.860' W, then southerly following the shoreline to Point Grey at 49°15.936' N and 123°15.860' W, then southwesterly to the north side of North Arm Jetty Light at 49°15.443' N and 123°16.772' W, then southerly to the south side of North Arm Jetty Light at 49°15.437' N and 123°16.779' W, then southwesterly to a point in water located on the boundary between Subareas 29-3 and 29-10 at 49°13.258' N and 123° 17.117' W, then westerly to a point in water at 49°13.349' N and 123°20.797' W, and then northerly in a straight line back to the point of commencement.
Tidal Waters of the Fraser River (a) Subarea 29-11 and Subareas 29-13 to 29-17; (b) the portion of Subarea 29-9 bounded on the west by a line from a fishing boundary sign near the entrance to Canoe Passage, thence to a fishing boundary sign on Westham Island, thence following the westerly shoreline of Westham Island and Reifel Island to Pelly Point on Reifel Island, thence to Garry Point on Lulu Island; and (c) the portion of Subarea 29-12 bounded on the west by a line from the most southwesterly point of Sea Island, thence following the westerly shoreline of that island to the Iona Island Road Causeway, thence following that causeway and continuing in a straight line in a northerly direction to a fishing boundary sign on the north shore of Iona Island, thence in a straight line in a northerly direction to a fishing boundary sign on the mainland.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:35:42

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 29 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern anchovy 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other finfish species 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sand lance 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific sardine 29 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf smelt 29 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, Albacore 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Codfish 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving -/-/10 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 29-5 0/0/0 Closed
29-1 to 29-4,29-6 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 29 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All species combined 29-5 0/0/0 Closed
29-1 to 29-4,29-6 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Bocaccio 29-5 0/0/0 Closed
29-1 to 29-4,29-6 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Yelloweye 29-5 0/0/0 Closed
29-1 to 29-4,29-6 to 29-17 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 29 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 29 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species 29 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Shark, Basking 29 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 29 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 29 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 29 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 29 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, Sixgill 29 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 29 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 29 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny dogfish 29 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 29 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (hatchery) 29 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (wild) 29 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Wolf eel 29 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-10-01 00:47:52

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Finfish 29 Reminder In tidal waters, it is illegal to angle with a fishing line that has more than one hook, artificial lure or artificial fly attached, with the following exceptions: (1) When bait fishing, you may attach multiple hooks to hold a single piece of bait as long as the hooks are not arranged to catch more than one fish. (2) When fishing for herring, mackerel, northern anchovy, Pacific sand lance or Pacific sardine you may attach any number of hooks to a line. (3) In the tidal waters of the Fraser River (see area boundary description below), you may fish with two hooks, artificial lures or artificial flies (on one line).
Tidal Waters of the Fraser River Time of Day Restrictions Night-time Restriction - When open by Regulation, fishing for all fin fish including salmon in the tidal waters of the Fraser River is permitted during daylight hours only. Daylight hours are defined as one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Herring 29 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
Surf smelt 29 Time of Day Restrictions Closed 8am Mon. to 8am Thur. - Open 8:00 a.m. Thursday to 8:00 a.m Monday; for areas 28 and 29 during open dates (August 16 to June 14)
Codfish 29 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.
29 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).
Perch 29 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).
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.
29 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:29

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Tidal Waters of the Fraser River (a) Subarea 29-11 and Subareas 29-13 to 29-17; (b) the portion of Subarea 29-9 bounded on the west by a line from a fishing boundary sign near the entrance to Canoe Passage, thence to a fishing boundary sign on Westham Island, thence following the westerly shoreline of Westham Island and Reifel Island to Pelly Point on Reifel Island, thence to Garry Point on Lulu Island; and (c) the portion of Subarea 29-12 bounded on the west by a line from the most southwesterly point of Sea Island, thence following the westerly shoreline of that island to the Iona Island Road Causeway, thence following that causeway and continuing in a straight line in a northerly direction to a fishing boundary sign on the north shore of Iona Island, thence in a straight line in a northerly direction to a fishing boundary sign on the mainland.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:29

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)
29-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-5 Horse Clam;Geoduck
29-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-16 Closed to All Bivalve Species
29-17 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Last updated: 2022-09-09 14:56:13

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clam, Horse 29 0/0/0
Clams, All 29 0/0/0
Cockles 29 0/0/0
Geoduck 29 0/0/0
Mussel, Blue 29 0/0/0
Mussel, California 29 0/0/0
Oyster, Olympia 29 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 29 0/0/0
Scallop, All species 29 0/0/0
Snail, Moon 29 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 29 0/0/0

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:30:00

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.
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, 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.
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.
Snail, Moon 29 Reminder Moon snails may be subject to PSP, check for closures. Consult your local DFO office for details.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:53

Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
28.3 Gower Point to Soames Point, Gibsons Landing 28.3.jpeg The intertidal foreshore from Gower Point to Soames Point, Gibsons Landing. [NAD83]
29.1 Chaster Creek to Gower Point 29.1.jpeg The intertidal foreshore from the mouth of Chaster Creek to Gower Point. [NAD83]
29.10 Trail Bay 29.10.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Trail Bay in the area of the District of Sechelt inside a line drawn from a point on land at 49°28.12' north latitude and 123º46.82' west longitude at the end of Norwest Bay Road in Sechelt, southeasterly to a point in the water at 49°27.44' north latitude and 123º45.19' west longitude, thence due east to a point on land at 49°27.44' north latitude and 123º44.29' west longitude located at the end of Nestman Road in Selma Park. [NAD83]
29.2 Boundary Bay, Mud and Semiahmoo Bays 29.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Boundary Bay, Mud Bay and Semiahmoo Bay, lying inside, that is northerly of the International Boundary Line. [NAD83]
29.3 Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawwassen 29.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore in the Strait of Georgia, lying inside a line drawn from the International Boundary south of Tsawwassen at 49°00.09' north latitude and 123°05.38' west longitude, following the International Boundary through the westerly end of Tsawwassen Causeway to a point in water at 49°00.12' north latitude and 123°09.01' west longitude, thence northwesterly to the light at Sand Heads at 49°06.36' north latitude and 123°18.19' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point in water at 49°13.09' north latitude and 123°22.71' west longitude, thence northeasterly to the western end of the Fraser River North Arm Jetty at 49°15.54' north latitude and 123°16.97' west longitude, and including the waters of the Fraser River, south of a line drawn from the northern tip of Lulu Island at 49°11.74' north latitude and 122°55.26' west longitude southeasterly to a point on the opposite bank at 49°11.42' north latitude and 122°54.66' west longitude. [NAD83]
29.4 Sargeant Bay, Sechelt Peninsula 29.4.jpeg That portion of Sargeant Bay, Sechelt Peninsula, within a 300 m radius of the mouth of the unnamed creek entering the northernmost area of the bay. [NAD83]
29.5 Whaler Bay, Galiano Island 29.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Whaler Bay, Galiano Island, lying inside, that is southeast of a line drawn 265° True from Cain Point to the western shore of Galiano Island. [NAD83]
29.6 Whaler Bay, Galiano Island 29.6.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Galiano Island lying west of a line drawn from Twiss Point at 48°53.59' north latitude and 123°20.08' west longitude thence southwesterly to a point of land marking the entrance to Murchison Cove at 48°53.41' north latitude and 123°20.15' west longitude. [NAD83]
29.7 Wakefield Creek 29.7.jpeg The intertidal waters at the mouth of Wakefield Creek from a point on land at the base of Mason Road at 49°28.06' north latitude and 123°48.09' west longitude, thence westerly along the edge of the intertidal zone to a point of land at 49°28.07' north latitude and 123°48.48' west longitude. [NAD83]
29.8 Davis Bay 29.8.jpeg The intertidal foreshore of Davis Bay, located southeast of Sechelt, west of a line drawn due south from an unnamed point on the east side of Chapman Creek at 49°26.31' north latitude and 123°43.42' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly along the low tide mark to a point where a line drawn due west from the culvert at 49°26.52' north latitude and 123°43.69' west longitude intersects the low tide mark. [NAD 83]
29.9 Northwest Langley 29.9.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of the Fraser River, lying inside a line drawn from the mouth of Yorkson Creek at 49°11.75' north latitude and 122°39.26' west longitude, thence northwesterly across Derby Reach to a point on land at 49°12.09' north latitude and 122°39.50' west longitude, thence easterly following the shoreline to a point on land at 49°12.00' north latitude and 122°40.52' west longitude, thence southeasterly across Bishops Reach to a point on Barnston Island west of Mann Point at 49°11.67' north latitude and 122°40.59' west longitude, thence westerly following the shoreline to a point on Barnston Island east of Mann Point at 49°11.43' north latitude and 122°40.68' west longitude, thence southeasterly across Parsons Channel to a point on land at 49°11.26' north latitude and 122°40.45' west longitude, thence northeasterly following the shoreline to the point of commencement. [NAD83]

Last updated: 2022-09-09 14:56:13

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Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:53

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 29 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 29 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 29 0/0/0 Closed
Other crab 29 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 29 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 29 0/0/0 Closed

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:29:24

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.
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 29 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 4.
29 Time of Day Restrictions Daylight Hours - It is illegal to set or haul crab traps from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise; overnight soaking of traps is allowed.
29-1 to 29-3 Dioxin Contamination (g/w) Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 130g/week - consumption of crab hepatopancreas harvested in Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia in subareas 28-2 and 29-1 and portions of subareas 28-1, 29-2 and 29-3, in the waters bounded: on the north by a line from Brunswick Point west to Irby Point on Anvil Island and along the shoreline to Domett Point on Anvil Island, west to McNab Point on the mainland, on the west by a line from McNab Point to Ekins Point on Gambier Island that follows the eastern and southern shoreline to the government wharf at Gambier Harbour, then proceeds south to Cotton Point on Keats Island and along the eastern and southern shoreline, south to Home Island and continues from southern tip of Home Island west to Gower Point, then follows the shoreline north and west to Reception Point, then on the south by a line that goes from Reception Point east to a point 1.5 km true south of Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island, and finally east to Point Atkinson, should not exceed 130 g/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 King crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Crab, All species combined Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Delta Port Closed
Dungeness crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Dungeness crab
Red Rock crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Red Rock crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Red Rock crab

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Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Delta Port Tsawwassen_Ferry_Terminal_and_Delta_Port.pdf The waters inside a line drawn from a point on land at 49°01.567'N and 123°08.787'W to the TB Yellow Marker at 49°01.464'N and 123°08.633'W, thence to the T8 Red Marker at 49°01.214'N and 123°08.578'W, then to the T6 Red Marker at 49°00.887'N and 123°08.644'W, thence to the T4 Red Marker at 49°00.696'N and 123°08.922'W, thence to the T2 Red Marker at 49°00.489'N and 123°09.201'W, then southeasterly to the BC Ferry Western docking pylon at 49°00.323'N and 123°08.189'W, thence following the BC Ferry property coastline to 49°00.470'N and 123°07.582'W, thence southeasterly to the most northeasterly point of the Tsawwassen Breakwater at 49°00.230'N and 123°07.440'W, thence to the southwesterly point of the Tsawwassen Breakwater at 49°00.134'N and 123°07.725'W, thence westerly to a point in water at 49°00.133'N and 123°11.270'W, thence due north to a point in water at 49°00.913'N and 123°11.270'W, thence due east to the west end of the Delta Port Dock at 49°00.666'N and 123°10.082'W, thence northeasterly following the Delta Port causeway to 49°00.822'N and 123°09.533'W, thence following the Delta Port property coastline to the point of commencement.

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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

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Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 29 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 29 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Goose 29 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 29 0/0/0 Closed
Octopus 29 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 29 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 29 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 29 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 29 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 29 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 29 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 29 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 29 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 29 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)

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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.
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.

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Protected areas

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Area descriptions

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Foreslope Hills Foreslope_Hills.png That portion of Subarea 29-3 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°09.634'N 123°23.048'W then southeasterly to 49°09.389'N 123°22.622'W then to 49°09.187'N 123°22.587'W then to 49°09.211'N 123°23.567'W then to 49°09.646'N 123°23.543'W then to the beginning point.
Gabriola Passage Gabriola_Passage.png Those waters of Subareas 17-10, 17-17 and 29-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°08.200'N 123°41.549'W Gabriola Island then true east to 49°08.200'N 123°41.140'W Breakwater Island then southerly following the westerly shoreline of Breakwater Island to 49°07.546'N 123°40.897'W Breakwater Island then to 49°07.110'N 123°41.125'W Valdes Island then northerly following the shoreline of Valdes Island to 49°07.625'N 123°42.913'W Dibuxante Point then to 49°07.775'N 123°43.033'W Gabriola Island then easterly following the shoreline to the beginning point.
Galiano Island North Galiano_Island_North.png That portion of Subarea 29-5 that lies inside a line that: begins at 48°57.600' N 123°30.540' W shore of Galiano Island then to 48°58.400' N 123°29.700' W in water then to 48°56.880' N 123°25.870' W in water then to 48°56.000' N 123°26.100' W shore of Galiano Island then following the Galiano Island shoreline in a northwesterly direction to the beginning point. Area
Halibut Bank - Glass Sponge Reef Halibut_Bank-Glass_Sponge_Reef.png That portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°21.768'N 123°41.501'W then southerly to 49°21.174'N 123°40.045'W then to 49°20.961'N 123°40.139'W then to 49°20.803'N 123°39.860'W then to 49°20.565'N 123°40.182'W then to 49°21.610'N 123°41.843'W then to 49°21.673'N 123°42.643'W then to 49°21.895'N 123°43.908'W then to 49°22.174'N 123°44.748'W then to 49°22.555'N 123°44.456'W then to 49°22.188'N 123°42.167'W then to the beginning point.
Halibut Bank - Rockfish Conservation Area Halibut_Bank-Rockfish_Conservation_Area.png Those portions of Subareas 29-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°22.100'N 123°47.400'W in water then to 49°22.100'N 123°44.700'W in water then to 49°17.100'N 123°36.700'W in water then to 49°17.100'N 123°38.900'W in water then to 49°19.700'N 123°44.300'W in water then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 1 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_1.png Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°21.486'N 123°17.254'W then southerly to 49°20.528'N 123°17.690'W then to 49°20.401'N 123°17.956'W then to 49°20.765'N 123°18.794'W then to 49°20.982'N 123°18.584'W then to 49°21.098'N 123°18.037'W then to 49°21.501'N 123°17.737'W then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 2 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_2.png Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°20.288'N 123°17.693'W then southeasterly to 49°20.224'N 123°17.501'W then to 49°19.993'N 123°17.377'W then to 49°19.802'N 123°17.444'W then to 49°19.720'N 123°17.840'W then to 49°19.937'N 123°18.107'W then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 3 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_3.png Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°19.918'N 123°19.847'W then southerly to 49°19.296'N 123°19.905'W then to 49°19.307'N 123°20.344'W then to 49°19.643'N 123°20.421'W then to 49°19.819'N 123°20.361'W then to 49°19.947'N 123°20.097'W then to the beginning point.
Howe Sound - Queen Charlotte Channel 4 Howe_Sound-Queen_Charlotte_Channel_4.png Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°20.637'N 123°19.162'W then easterly to 49°20.577'N 123°18.720'W then to 49°20.441'N 123°18.637'W then to 49°20.068'N 123°18.818'W then to 49°20.076'N 123°19.135'W then to 49°19.718'N 123°19.187'W then to 49°19.726'N 123°19.514'W then to 49°20.259'N 123°19.828'W then to the beginning point.
Mayne Island North Mayne_Island_North.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°53.163'N 123°19.250'W Cain Point then true north to 48°53.259'N 123°19.250'W Gossip Island then following the easterly shoreline of Gossip Island to 48°53.671'N 123°19.367'W Gossip Island then to 48°53.950'N 123°19.100'W in water then to 48°52.300'N 123°15.200'W in water then true south to 48°51.550'N 123°15.200'W Mayne Island, near Edith Point then northwesterly following the Mayne Island shoreline to 48°52.398'N 123°17.487'W Active Pass Light then to 48°53.099'N 123°18.362'W Gossip Shoals Light and Bell Buoy U47 then to 48°52.778'N 123°18.724'W Rip Point then northwesterly following the shoreline of Galiano Island to the beginning point.
McCall Bank McCall_Bank.png That portion of Subareas 29-2 and 29-3 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°22.000'N 123°40.000'W in water then to 49°22.000'N 123°37.200'W in water then to 49°19.900'N 123°33.000'W in water then to 49°19.900'N 123°35.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 1 Outer_Gulf_Islands_1.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°54.936'N 123°19.589'W then southerly to 48°54.283'N 123°18.529'W then to 48°54.114'N 123°18.619'W then to 48°54.065'N 123°18.771'W then to 48°54.787'N 123°19.929'W then to 48°54.902'N 123°19.793'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 2 Outer_Gulf_Islands_2.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°52.588'N 123°15.261'W then easterly to 48°52.520'N 123°14.537'W then to 48°51.971'N 123°13.768'W then to 48°51.795'N 123°13.947'W then to 48°52.150'N 123°14.444'W then to 48°52.038'N 123°14.678'W then to 48°52.479'N 123°15.521'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 3 Outer_Gulf_Islands_3.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°51.602'N 123°13.233'W then southerly to 48°51.309'N 123°12.751'W then to 48°50.913'N 123°12.938'W then to 48°50.844'N 123°13.059'W then to 48°51.163'N 123°13.662'W then to 48°51.579'N 123°13.378'W then to the beginning point.
Outer Gulf Islands 4 Outer_Gulf_Islands_4.png Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside a line that: begins at 48°50.999'N 123°12.391'W then southerly to 48°50.608'N 123°11.603'W then to 48°50.097'N 123°10.956'W then to 48°49.959'N 123°11.182'W then to 48°50.857'N 123°12.654'W then to 48°50.959'N 123°12.566'W then to the beginning point.
Sechelt Sechelt.png That portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 49°25.948'N 123°48.889'W then easterly to 49°25.899'N 123°47.266'W then to 49°25.373'N 123°46.494'W then to 49°24.734'N 123°47.083'W then to 49°24.910'N 123°47.951'W then to 49°24.253'N 123°48.283'W then to 49°24.845'N 123°49.914'W then to the beginning point.
Valdes Island East Valdes_Island_East.png That portion of Subarea 29-5 that lies inside a line that: begins at 49°04.067'N 123°37.867'W Valdes Island then to 49°04.700'N 123°36.500'W in water then to 49°02.400'N 123°34.400'W in water then to 49°01.700'N 123°35.717'W Shah Point then northerly following the shoreline to the beginning point.

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