FISHING REGULATIONS / AREA 17, 23, 123 & 29 DFO MAPS

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AREA 17  Georgia Straight & Southern Gulf Islands

Management area 17

 AREA 23 – Port Alberni to Bamfield
DFO Fishing area # 23

AREA 123  Outside waters of southwest Vancouver IslandManagement Area 123

AREA 29  Georgia Straight & Salish Sea

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/species-especes/halibut-fletan-eng.html

Halibut

    RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

  Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0331-RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) – Rockfish and Lingcod: Coast-wide Management Measures – Daily Limits and Close Times – In effect April 1, 2020 (Outside Waters) and May 1, 2020 (Inside Waters) – Amendment to FN0330 This notice amends FN0330 to correct the dates of the annual closure in Area 28 and portions of Area 29. The full corrected notice follows: Effective April 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020, the following recreational daily limits and close times apply to Rockfish and Lingcod in North and South Coast waters as described. These management measures are required to reduce fishing impacts on rockfish in general and identified species of rockfish. Possession Limits are twice the Daily Limits for Rockfish and Lingcod as described below. OUTSIDE WATERS: North Coast – Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142 – AND – South Coast (Outside waters) – Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (excluding that portion outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.00′ north latitude and 125 degrees 17.386′ west longitude and continues southeasterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327′ north latitude and 125 degrees 01.687′ west longitude). —Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – three (3), only one (1) of—which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish. —Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish —Daily limits: Lingcod – two (2).—Open time: April 1 to November 15—Close time: November 16 to March 31 INSIDE WATERS: South Coast (Inside waters) – Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5—Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – one (1)—Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish —Daily Limits: Lingcod – one (1)—Open time: May 1 to September 30—Close time: October 1 to April 30Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17 are closed for Rockfish and Lingcod April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 (year round). Variation Orders 2020-RCT-136 (Close Time) and 2020-RFQ-137 (Quota)  Notes:  Anglers are reminded of the mandatory condition of licence for the release of rockfish; all 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. Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) and Glass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures remain in effect – refer to the following web pages for descriptions: 1)RCAs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#rca2)GSRs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#sponge Licensing – the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence are in effect starting 00:01 hours April 1, 2020. Please review the BC Sport Fishing Guide online at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html, for any other restrictions that apply to the Area that you are fishing in, such as finfish closures, size limits, annual limits, and permitted gear. Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-4336. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-866-431-FISH (3474).  FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contacts: Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) – [email protected]mpo.gc.ca   Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0331Sent April 1, 2020 at 09:19Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Halibut Transporting and Packaging Guidelines

  • As identified above and on the 2016/ 2017 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence, size limits are in effect. In order to comply with these size limits it will be a requirement for recreational harvesters to measure any halibut they decide to retain prior to keeping it.
  • You are required to record your halibut catch on your licence. Carry a tape measure and a pen with you on your boat so that you can record on your licence: the date, Fisheries Management Area and length of the halibut you decide to keep.
  • Mark an area on your vessel’s hull at the water-line in the area where you would play your catch. Use these marks to determine the 83 cm or 133 cm size limit of your catch. A measuring device may also be fashioned from a piece of wooden dowel such as the handle on a deck broom. Mark the two size limits on the dowel and use this to measure your catch while it is still in the water.
  • Small halibut are easier to handle than larger ones and may be netted and brought on board your vessel where they can be measured and either returned or taken within your daily limit. If you decide to release a small halibut, if possible, do so while it is still in the water as this will cause it the least amount of harm.
  • DO NOT bring large halibut on board your vessel to measure. Halibut are a very powerful fish and can cause you serious injury. If you believe you cannot properly measure a large fish safely and accurately enough to comply with the length requirement then release the fish.

Packaging for Transport

  • Any halibut that you catch may be left whole, may have the head removed, or may be filleted as noted below.
  • Halibut may be packaged by a registered fish processing establishment. Some lodges are registered and provide this service and most coastal communities have certified establishments that also offer this service.

Filleting

Halibut that are too large for your cooler may be filleted for transport however some care must be taken to ensure that the fish you possess can be readily measured if inspected by a fishery officer.

  • In order to comply with minimum or maximum length regulations you must either leave your halibut with the head and tail attached, or you may fillet it so that one fillet has the tail and the pectoral fin attached. This will allow the length from the end of the tail to the most forward anterior point where the pectoral fin is attached to be measured.
  • Once filleted you should have no more than seven pieces from each halibut including the one whole fillet with the tail and pectoral fin attached.
  • To remove the fillets so that you can comply with the maximum length requirement remove the top (dorsal) fillets first.
  • Remove the bottom (ventral) fillet from one side. This leaves you the last remaining fillet still attached, the backbone, tail, and the pectoral fin on the side opposite to where the first ventral fillet was removed.
  • You must retain the pectoral fin and the tail attached to the last fillet. Beginning at the pectoral fin, start to remove the fillet towards the tail as you normally would.
  • Once near the end of the fillet, cut through the spine above the tail being careful to leave the skin facing you at the tail attached.
  • When you have cut through the spine you can cut through the flesh at the end of the fillet down to the skin without cutting it through which then will act like a hinge allowing the tail to be folded under the fillet for transport. If this last halibut fillet is still too long to fit your cooler, you may make a cut through the flesh of the fillet down to the skin without cutting through into two pieces. This fillet can then be folded at the cuts to permit storage in your cooler and allow the length of your catch to be readily measured.
  • The dorsal fillets and the fillet without the tail and pectoral fin may each be cut into two pieces for ease of storage until you arrive at your ordinary residence.
  • Keep the pieces of each fillet together in its own bag.
  • The ventral fillet that has the tail and pectoral fin attached must remain in one piece. Should you make a mistake during this procedure on removal of this last fillet, retain the pieces from it and keep them together in a separate bag so that they may be inspected if required.
  • Fillet pieces that are frozen must be frozen separately so that each piece may be measured if required.
  • Avoid cutting fish into smaller pieces. The regulation states that the fish you possess must be readily measureable to determine that it is in compliance where size limits apply. You are responsible to comply with this requirement.

See packaging and transport guidelines for all species.

Category(s):    RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0331-RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) – Rockfish and Lingcod: Coast-wide Management Measures – Daily Limits and Close Times – In effect April 1, 2020 (Outside Waters) and May 1, 2020 (Inside Waters) – Amendment to FN0330 This notice amends FN0330 to correct the dates of the annual closure in Area 28 and portions of Area 29. The full corrected notice follows: Effective April 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020, the following recreational daily limits and close times apply to Rockfish and Lingcod in North and South Coast waters as described. These management measures are required to reduce fishing impacts on rockfish in general and identified species of rockfish. Possession Limits are twice the Daily Limits for Rockfish and Lingcod as described below. OUTSIDE WATERS: North Coast – Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142 – AND – South Coast (Outside waters) – Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (excluding that portion outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.00′ north latitude and 125 degrees 17.386′ west longitude and continues southeasterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327′ north latitude and 125 degrees 01.687′ west longitude). —Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – three (3), only one (1) of—which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish. —Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish —Daily limits: Lingcod – two (2).—Open time: April 1 to November 15—Close time: November 16 to March 31 INSIDE WATERS: South Coast (Inside waters) – Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5—Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – one (1)—Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish —Daily Limits: Lingcod – one (1)—Open time: May 1 to September 30—Close time: October 1 to April 30Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17 are closed for Rockfish and Lingcod April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 (year round). Variation Orders 2020-RCT-136 (Close Time) and 2020-RFQ-137 (Quota)  Notes:  Anglers are reminded of the mandatory condition of licence for the release of rockfish; all 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. Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) and Glass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures remain in effect – refer to the following web pages for descriptions: 1)RCAs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#rca2)GSRs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#sponge Licensing – the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence are in effect starting 00:01 hours April 1, 2020. Please review the BC Sport Fishing Guide online at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html, for any other restrictions that apply to the Area that you are fishing in, such as finfish closures, size limits, annual limits, and permitted gear. Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-4336. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-866-431-FISH (3474).  FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contacts: Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) – [email protected]mpo.gc.ca   Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0331Sent April 1, 2020 at 09:19Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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