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Fishing regulations in Rockfish Conservation Areas

You must follow Canada’s laws and regulations. Report fisheries violations to our 24/7 Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-4336 or

Prohibited fisheries activities

The fisheries activities listed below are restricted in order to help protect rockfish from mortality and to support their conservation. By following regulations in Rockfish Conservation Areas, you are actively helping to protect these species.

Commercial harvesters may not fish for:

Recreational fishers may not fish for:

Permitted fisheries activities

Some other fisheries activities may be allowed in RCAs. Check our  fishery notice system and our  sport fishing guide for current details about fishing opportunities, closures and regulations in the area you want to fish in. Make sure you know and follow your conditions of licence every time you head out to fish.

The use of descending devices is mandatory when recreational anglers release rockfish.  Learn more about barotrauma and how you can help protect rockfish.

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