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BC tidal areas 4 and 104 - Prince Rupert, Porcher Island: 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 maps

Area maps

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

Area 4: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Area 104: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

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Salmon

Salmon

Learn more about fishing for salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook salmon 4,104 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum salmon 4,104 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Coho salmon (hatchery and wild combined) 4,104 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pink salmon 4,104 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye salmon 4 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
104 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:25:43

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
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.
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 18:35:35

Area descriptions

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

Other finfish

Finfish other than salmon

Learn more about fishing for finfish

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern anchovy 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other finfish species 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific sand lance 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific sardine 4,104 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Surf smelt 4,104 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Codfish 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open
Halibut 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving -/-/10 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 4,104 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All species combined 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Bocaccio 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Rockfish, Yelloweye 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 4,104 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sculpin 4,104 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark, All other species 4,104 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Shark, Basking 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Blue 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Bluntnose 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Brown Cat 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Great White 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Salmon 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Shark, Sixgill 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Shark, Tope 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 4,104 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny dogfish 4,104 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 4,104 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention
Trout (hatchery and wild combined) 4,104 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (hatchery) 4,104 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (wild) 4,104 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Wolf eel 4,104 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention

Last updated: 2022-11-16 00:15:26

Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure type Measure value
Herring 4,104 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Eulachon Coastwide Closed
Codfish 4,104 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.
4,104 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 4,104 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.
4,104 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).
Trout (hatchery) 4,104 Daily Limit Pieces 1 The recreational daily Limit for Hatchery Trout over 50cm is one (1) per day; the recreational daily Limit for Hatchery Trout under or equal to 50cm is two (2) per day.
Trout (wild) 4,104 Maximum Size (cm) 50 cm The recreational daily limit for Wild Trout of 50 cm or less remains two (2) per day; The recreational daily limit for Wild Trout over 50 cm is zero (0)

Last updated: 2022-11-16 00:07:19

Area descriptions

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Last updated: 2022-11-16 00:07:19

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)
4-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-5
  • 4-5.B: Closed to All Bivalve Species
  • 4-5.A: Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-9
  • 4-9.A: Scallop, Other;Scallop, Pacific;Scallop, Pink;Scallop, Spiny
  • 4-9.B: Scallop, Other;Scallop, Pacific;Scallop, Pink;Scallop, Spiny
4-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-13 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
4-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
104-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
104-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
104-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
104-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
104-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species

Last updated: 2022-12-02 14:25:23

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Clams, All 4,104 0/0/0
4,104 0/0/0
Cockles 4,104 0/0/0
Geoduck 4,104 0/0/0
Mussel, Blue 4,104 0/0/0
Mussel, California 4 0/0/0
4,104 0/0/0
Oyster, Olympia 4,104 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 4,104 0/0/0
Scallop, All species 4,104 0/0/0
Scallop, Weathervane 4,104 0/0/0
4,104 0/0/0
Snail, Moon 4,104 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 4,104 Hand Picking 75/150/-

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:29:30

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.
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.

Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:23

Area descriptions

Closure Map Area description
4.1 Humpback Bay, Porcher Island 4.1.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Humpback Bay, Porcher Island, inside a line drawn from the point at the western shore at 54°04.88'north latitude and 130°23.15' west longitude, east to the opposite shore at 54°04.90' north latitude and 130°23.07' west longitude [NAD 83].
4.2 Hunt Inlet, Porcher Island 4.2.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Hunt Inlet, Porcher Island, inside a line drawn from the headland at the western entrance to the inlet at 54°04.60' north latitude and 130°26.98' west longitude, thence northeast to the headland on the opposite side at 54°04.88' north latitude and 130°26.83' west longitude [NAD 83].
4.3 Prince Rupert Harbour 4.3.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Prince Rupert Harbour: bounded at the northwest entrance of the harbour by a line drawn from Observation Point at 54°20.14’ north latitude and 130°27.68’ west longitude southeasterly across Venn Passage to a point on land west of Auriol Point on Digby Island at 54°19.72' north latitude and 130°26.54' west longitude; bounded at the northeast entrance of the harbour by a line drawn from a point on land at 54°21.49’ north latitude and 130°16.97’ west longitude due east to a point on land at 54°21.54’ north latitude and 130°15.60’ west longitude, thence southerly along the shoreline to a point of land at 54°16.08’ north latitude and 130°13.86’ west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point on land at 54°15.57’ north latitude and 130°15.36’ west longitude; and bounded at the southern entrance of the harbour by a line drawn from Lima Point at 54°14.11’ north latitude and 130°22.67’ west longitude southeasterly to a red buoy (designated D18) located directly south of Kitson Island at 54°09.85’ north latitude and 130°19.19’ west longitude, thence northeasterly to a flashing light at Inverness Passage at 54°11.95' north latitude and 130°15.82' west longitude, thence northwesterly along the shoreline to a point of land at 54°14.03' north latitude and 130°17.95' west longitude, and thence southwesterly to a point of land on Ridley Island at 54°13.67’ north latitude and 130°18.39’ west longitude, except those waters west of a line drawn from a point of land on Digby Island east of Auriol Point at 54°19.75' north latitude and 130°25.75' west longitude southeasterly across Venn Passage to a flashing light marker on the opposite shore at 54°19.38' north latitude and 130°24.57' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point of land on Digby Island at 54°18.98’ north latitude and 130°24.96' west longitude. [NAD83]
4.5 West Digby Island, Chatham Sound 4.5.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of Chatham Sound within a radius of 880 m of the wastewater outfall terminus at 54°17.26' north latitude and 130°27.36' west longitude, extending northwesterly along the shore of Digby Island to 54°17.57' north latitude and 130°27.96' west longitude, and southeasterly along the shore of Digby Island to 54°16.91' north latitude and 130°26.82' west longitude. [NAD 83]
4.6 Tuck Inlet, Prince Rupert 4.6.png The waters and intertidal foreshore of Tuck Inlet, in the vicinity of Prince Rupert Harbour, north of a line drawn from a point on land at 54°21.49’ north latitude and 130°16.95’ west longitude, thence easterly to a point on land at 54°21.54’ north latitude and 130°15.60’ west longitude, except the aquaculture tenure area located within 54°22.80’ north latitude and 130°16.29’ west longitude; 54°22.75’ north latitude and 130°15.85’ west longitude; 54°21.95’ north latitude and 130°16.12’ west longitude; 54°22.00’ north latitude and 130°16.54’ west longitude. [NAD 83]
4-5.A 4-5.A.png Those waters of Chatham Sound and adjacent waters inside a line that begins at 54°34.79'N 130°45.35'W [Dundas Island] to 54°34.10'N 130°42.45'W [Green Island Light], thence easterly to a point in water at 54°34.06'N 130°35.00'W, thence due south to a point on water at 54°21.80’N 130°35.00’W, thence due west to a point on land at 54°21.80’N 130°42.78’W [Deans Point], thence northerly following the eastern shoreline of Melville Island to a point on land at 54°24.72'N 130°43.14'W, thence northerly to a point on land at 54°25.17’N 130°43.85’W, thence northerly following the eastern shoreline of Dunira Island to a point on land at 54°28.36’N 130°46.63’W, thence northerly to a point on land at 54°28.36’N 130°47.42’W, thence northerly following the eastern shoreline of Baron Island to a point on land at 54°29.84’N 130°47.60’W, thence northerly to a point on land at 54°32.66’N 130°47.60’W [Dundas Island], thence northeasterly along the shoreline and back to the commencement point.
4-5.B 4-5.B.png Those waters of Chatham Sound and adjacent waters inside a line that begins at 54°34.01’N 130°28.82’W [Fortune Point], thence southerly following the western shoreline of Finlayson Island to a point on land at 54°31.30'N 130°27.96'W, thence southerly to a point on land at 54°29.96’N 130°27.91’W [Mist Island], thence southerly following the western shoreline to a point on land at 54°29.38’N 130°27.75’W [Burnt Cliff Island], thence southerly to a point on land at 54°26.62'N 130°28.64'W [Trenham Point], thence southerly following the shoreline to a point on land at 54°21.81'N 130°29.22'W [Ryan Point], thence due west to a point in water at 54°21.80’N 130°35.00’W, thence due north to a point in water at 54°34.06”N 130°35.00’W, thence due east back to the commencement point.
4-9.A 4-9.A.jpeg Subarea 4-9 except the waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 4-9 inside a line that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°17.371' north latitude and 130°27.654' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of the largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666' north latitude and 130°36.575 west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°12.770' north latitude and 130°33.643' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°15.865' north latitude and 130°25.623' west longitude, thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of commencement.
4-9.B 4-9.B.jpeg The waters and intertidal foreshore of a portion of Subarea 4-9 inside a line that commences at a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°17.371' north latitude and 130°27.654' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of the largest of the Lucy Islands at 54°17.666' north latitude and 130°36.575 west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Rachel Island at 54°12.770' north latitude and 130°33.643' west longitude, thence to a point on the shore of Digby Island at 54°15.865' north latitude and 130°25.623' west longitude, thence following the shore of Digby Island to the point of commencement.

Last updated: 2022-12-02 14:25:23

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Last updated: 2022-09-20 18:36:23

Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box and Puget Sound King crab 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness crab 4,104 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King crab 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other crab 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock crab 4,104 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore crab 4,104 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)

Last updated: 2022-09-20 15:28:34

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 4,104 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
Porpoise Harbour and Wainwright Basin Crab Closed Area Closed That portion of Subarea 4-11 west of the Highway #16 bridge at Galloway Rapids, which includes Wainwright Basin, Porpoise Harbour, and Porpoise Channel.
King crab Coastwide Sex Restriction As per the Conditions of Licence, it is prohibited to possess female King crab
Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of King crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Dungeness crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Dungeness crab
Red Rock crab Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Red Rock crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Red Rock crab

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

Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Porpoise Harbour and Wainwright Basin Crab Closed Area That portion of Subarea 4-11 west of the Highway #16 bridge at Galloway Rapids, which includes Wainwright Basin, Porpoise Harbour, and Porpoise Channel.

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

Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 4,104 0/0/0 Closed
Barnacles, Giant 4,104 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Barnacles, Goose 4,104 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Limpet 4,104 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)
Octopus 4,104 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other shellfish species 4,104 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sand Dollar 4,104 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Cucumber 4,104 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sea Urchin 4,104 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp, Ghost 4,104 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shrimp/Prawn 4,104 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 4,104 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, Opal 4,104 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Starfish sea star 4,104 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

Protected areas

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Area Type Closure name
4-1 Rockfish Conservation Area Dunira
4-2 Rockfish Conservation Area Stephens Island
4-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Porcher Peninsula
4-5 Rockfish Conservation Area Hodgson Reefs
4-9 Rockfish Conservation Area Gull Rocks North
Gull Rocks South
104-3 Rockfish Conservation Area Porcher Peninsula

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Area descriptions

Area Map Area description
Dunira Dunira.png Those waters of Subarea 4-1 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°24.148'N 130°55.265'W south tip of Connel Islands then to 54°25.550'N 130°50.100'W Farwest Point then following the southerly shoreline of Dunira Island to 54°25.167'N 130°43.853'W Dunira Island then to 54°24.720'N 130°43.135'W Melville Island then following the northerly shoreline of Melville Island to 54°22.300'N 130°47.000'W Melville Island then to 54°19.600'N 130°58.200'W in water then to the beginning point.
Gull Rocks North Gull_Rocks_North.png Those waters of Subarea 4-9 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°11.300'N 130°34.600'W in water then to 54°11.300'N 130°32.300'W in water then to 54°10.300'N 130°30.400'W in water then to 54°10.300'N 130°33.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Gull Rocks South Gull_Rocks_South.png Those waters of Subarea 4-9 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°09.800'N 130°33.500'W in water then to 54°09.800'N 130°29.300'W in water then to 54°08.400'N 130°26.400'W in water then to 54°07.700'N 130°28.900'W in water then to 54°07.700'N 130°31.900'W in water then to the beginning point.
Hodgson Reefs Hodgson_Reefs.png Those waters of Subarea 4-5 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°23.900'N 130°32.600'W in water then true east to the shore, then southerly following the shoreline to the intercept with the parallel passing through 54°22.450' north latitude, then to 54°22.450'N 130°32.600'W in water then to the beginning point.
Porcher Peninsula Porcher_Peninsula.png Those waters of Subareas 4-3, 5-11, 5-12, and 104-3 that lie inside a line that: begins at 53°54.400'N 130°51.500'W in water then to 53°54.600'N 130°43.900'W Fan Point then southerly following the shoreline of Porcher Peninsula to 53°50.235'N 130°39.577'W Porcher Peninsula then to 53°49.100'N 130°41.600'W in water then to the beginning point.
Stephens Island Stephens_Island.png Those waters of Subarea 4-2 that lie inside a line that: begins at 54°05.700'N 130°54.700'W in water then to 54°05.700'N 130°45.000'W in water then to 54°02.545'N 130°42.658'W north tip of William Island then to 54°01.525'N 130°42.867'W south tip of William Island then to 54°00.000'N 130°44.900'W in water then to 54°00.000'N 130°52.000'W in water then to the beginning point.

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