Areas 6 and 106 (Kitimat, Kemano Bay)

Area map

Area maps

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

Area 6: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Area 106: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

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Area 6: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

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Salmon

Salmon

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.
  5. Unless otherwise specified, fishing opportunities end at 23:59 hrs on the close-date shown.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 6,106 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 6,106 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 6,106 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 6,106 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 6,106 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Kitimat River Reminder Single barbless hooks, and a bait ban is in effect
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 Annual Limit Pieces 10 - The coastwide total annual limit for chinook salmon is 10 from all tidal waters that are open to chinook retention.
Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must permanently record all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Kitimat River Tidal waters of the Kitimat River upstream of a line from the old Eurocan dock at 53 degrees 59.600 minutes N 128 degrees 40.733 minutes W to the kiosk at MK Bay marina at 53 minutes 58.841 minutes N 128 degrees 39.144 minutes W.


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Other finfish

Other finfish

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.
  5. Unless otherwise specified, fishing opportunities end at 23:59 hrs on the close-date shown.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 6,106 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 6,106 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 6,106 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern Anchovy 6,106 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Finfish species 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sand Lance 6,106 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sardine 6,106 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf Smelt 6,106 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
All other shark species 6,106 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Bocaccio Rockfish 6,106 0/0/0 Closed
Codfish 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 2/-/6 Open until Dec 31 (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 6,106 0/0/0 Closed
Perch 6,106 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 6,106 0/0/0 Closed
Sablefish 6,106 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Salmon Shark 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 6,106 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 6,106 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 6,106 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny Dogfish 6,106 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 6,106 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (Hatchery) 6,106 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (Wild) 6,106 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Wolf Eel 6,106 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Yelloweye Rockfish 6,106 0/0/0 Closed


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Kitimat River Reminder Single barbless hooks, and a bait ban is in effect
Herring 6,106 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 6,106 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Season Planning The recreational halibut fishery continues on April 1 2020, under the 2020/2021 sport fishing conditions of licence, and is expected to close on December 31 2020. Please refer to fishery notice FN0156 and FN0818 for more details. 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
Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 1 or 2. The possession limit for halibut is either of: one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (69 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).
Coastwide Annual Limit Pieces 6 - The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as set out on the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded on the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 2 The daily and possession limit for halibut is either of: - One (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (69 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR - Two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off). The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (97 cm head-off). Note: 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.
6,106 Maximum Length Head On (cm) 126 cm
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning See Rockfish Season Planning
Perch 6,106 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish, All Species Combined 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).
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
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) Coastwide Reminder Note (1) Trout - means Brook trout, Brown trout, Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, Lake trout, Rainbow trout, Steelhead, and includes Bull trout. (2) Steelhead - in waters where anadromous Rainbow trout are found, Steelhead means a Rainbow trout that is greater than 50cm in overall length. (3) Anadromous means migrating from the sea up rivers or streams to spawn.
6,106 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).
Trout (Hatchery) 6,106 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) 6,106 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)

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Kitimat River Tidal waters of the Kitimat River upstream of a line from the old Eurocan dock at 53 degrees 59.600 minutes N 128 degrees 40.733 minutes W to the kiosk at MK Bay marina at 53 minutes 58.841 minutes N 128 degrees 39.144 minutes W.


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Bivalve shellfish

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 and snails

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.

Is it safe to harvest bivalve shellfish now in this location?
  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.

Questions? Contact us:
250-756-7192
DFO.PAC.CSSP-PCAM.PAC.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Bivalve shellfish contamination

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
6-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-5 Horse Clam;Geoduck
6-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-9 Horse Clam;Geoduck
6-10 Horse Clam;Geoduck
6-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-13
  • 6-13.B: Closed to All Bivalve Species
  • 6-13.A: Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-14 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-15 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-16 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-17 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-18 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-19 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-20 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-21 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-22 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-23 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-24 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-25 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-26 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-27 Closed to All Bivalve Species
6-28 Closed to All Bivalve Species
106-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
106-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
All Species Scallop 6,106 0/0/0
Blue Mussel 6,106 0/0/0
California Mussel 6 0/0/0
Clams 6,106 0/0/0
Cockles 6,106 0/0/0
Geoduck 6,106 0/0/0
Moon Snail 6,106 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 6,106 0/0/0
Other Snail 6,106 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 6,106 0/0/0
Weathervane Scallop 6,106 0/0/0


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Bivalve Species Coastwide Reminder Because of the risk of contamination, you are not allowed to harvest bivalve shellfish (for any purpose) within: (1) 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges (2) 125 metres around a marina, ferry wharf, floating living accommodation, or any finfish net pen (exceptions described as follows) (3) 25 meters around any floating living accommodation facility located within a shellfish aquaculture tenure where a zero-discharge and appropriate waste management plan is a condition of the Aquaculture Licence and is approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee (4) 0 meters of any finfish net pen within an aquaculture tenure where an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Management Plan approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee is in operation.
Coastwide Reminder Clams: No person shall retain a Manila Clam or Littleneck Clam smaller than 35 mm, nor a Butter Clam smaller than 55 mm.
Clams Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 60
Pacific Oyster Coastwide Reminder To avoid inadvertently harvesting Olympia oysters while you are harvesting Pacific oysters, do not harvest any oyster less than 5 cm in diameter.


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Crab

Crab

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 6,106 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 6,106 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King Crab 6,106 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 6,106 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
6,106 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 6,106 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 6,106 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
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 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 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 6,106 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
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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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

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 table for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the Restrictions table for special exceptions and more detailed regulations.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.
  5. Unless otherwise specified, fishing opportunities end at 23:59 hrs on the close-date shown.

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 6,106 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 6,106 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Giant Barnacles 6,106 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Goose Barnacles 6,106 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 6,106 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 6,106 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Opal Squid 6,106 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open
Other Shellfish species 6,106 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 6,106 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 6,106 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Urchin 6,106 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 6,106 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 6,106 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Starfish Sea Star 6,106 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Floats - Traps must be marked with floating tag or buoy that has your name on it. This includes traps tied to a boat or dock or fished from shore. If two traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator's name to one end of the ground-line.
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 125
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.
Coastwide Reminder Prawns with eggs: No person shall retain prawns carrying eggs, or remove eggs from the underside of prawns carrying eggs. All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail shall be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure Name
6-9 Rockfish Conservation Area Otter Passage
6-16 Rockfish Conservation Area Kitasu Bay
6-18 Rockfish Conservation Area Kitasu Bay
6-19 Rockfish Conservation Area Kitasu Bay
106-1 Marine Protected Area Northern Reef MPA
Rockfish Conservation Area Otter Passage
106-2 Marine Protected Area Central Reefs MPA Zone A
Rockfish Conservation Area West Aristazabal Island

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Central Reefs MPA Zone A Central_Reefs_MPA_Zone_A.jpeg Central Reefs MPA Zone A core protection zone: Those waters of Subareas 106-2 and 107-1 below a depth of 120 m below the sea surface that lie inside a line that begins at 52°14'03.4"N 129°38'33.2"W, then southerly to 52°16'54.8"N 129°43'13.4"W, then to 52°21'57.1"N 129°43'56.5"W, then to 52°24'24.5"N 129°47'22.8"W, then to 52°29'05.9"N 129°50'59.4"W, then to 52°31'05.2"N 129°50'13.9"W, then to 52°31'06.7"N 129°47'40.9"W, then to 52°27'42.0"N 129°40'25.1"W, then to 52°25'22.9"N 129°37'24.0"W, then to 52°19'47.0"N 129°32'43.2"W, then to 52°16'18.2"N 129°33'22.8"W, then to the beginning point.
Kitasu Bay Kitasu_Bay.png Those waters of Subareas 6-16, 6-18 and 6-19 that lie northeasterly of a line that: begins at 52°39.326'N 128°51.524'W entrance to Monks Cove then to 52°31.400'N 128°44.589'W near Parson's Anchorage except for the waters of Laredo Inlet that lie north of the parallel passing through 52°40.100' north latitude at Waser Point
Northern Reef MPA Northern_Reef_MPA.jpeg Northern Reef core protection zone: Those waters of Subareas 105-2 and 106-1 below a depth of 100m below the sea surface that lie inside a line that begins at 53°18'40.4" N 130°52'46.5" W, then southerly to 53°22'12.1"N 130°47'01.7"W, then to 53°22'20.2"N 130°43'12.5"W, then to 53°17'22.8"N 130°38'18.2"W, then to 53°15'01.7"N 130°36'35.5"W, then to 53°10'55.2"N 130°20'19.3"W, then to 53°04'30.2"N 130°25'53.6"W, then to 53°04'58.0"N 130°32'16.9"W then to 53°07'22.2"N 130°37'37.6"W, then to 53°08'36.6"N 130°39'29.5"W, then to 53°08'41.8"N 130°45'40.0"W, then to 53°13'51.2"N 130°46'41.2"W, then to the beginning point.
Otter Passage Otter_Passage.png Those waters of Subareas 6-9 and 106-1 that lie inside a line that: begins at 53°09.835'N 129°47.579'W south tip of Banks Island then to 53°05.100'N 129°46.600'W in water then to 53°05.000'N 129°50.100'W in water then to 53°08.600'N 130°08.900'W in water then to 53°10.000'N 130°08.900'W in water then to 53°10.000'N 129°57.127'W Terror Point
West Aristazabal Island West_Aristazabal_Island.png Those waters of Subareas 106-2 that lie inside a line that begins at 52°42.800'N 129°32.500'W in water then to 52°45.300'N 129°25.100'W in water then to 52°38.940'N 129°24.800'W southerly tip of Moore Islands then to 52°23.500'N 129°05.500'W in water then to 52°23.500'N 129°25.300'W in water then to the beginning point


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