BC tidal waters current fishing regulations

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BC tidal waters current fishing regulations:

Changes to the regulations which include closures for salmon species and ground fish Cod species.

British Columbia have 37 species of rockfish. They are caught in fisheries off the coast, plus inshore rockfish species.

This includes: Yelloweye, Quillback, Copper, China, and Tiger. These fish are normally caught with a hook and line gear, in rocky reef habitats.

Monitoring and research programs in B.C. indicate that inshore rockfish are at low levels of abundance. This is especially within the inland waters of Vancouver Island, 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada needs your help. We are working to protect and conserve inshore rockfish.

In 2002 the D.F.O. started the “catch restrictions” and “fishery monitoring” and created “stock assessment programs”. The D.F.O. implemented (Rockfish Conservation Areas,RCAs) which are established throughout the B.C. coast.

Department of Fisheries & Oceans (D.F.O.)

The Rockfish Conservation Area’s make inshore rockfish protected from all mortality associated with recreational and commercial fisheries.

Rockfish Conservation Areas:

Rockfish Conservation Area Overview

Pacific salmon:


Chum salmon


  • Salmon are iconic to BC coastal and inland waters, connecting communities across the region.
  • DFO strive to ensure healthy, diverse salmon populations continue to produce.
  • Monitoring our ocean for sustaining aquatic ecosystems.

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