Common Pacific Groundfish
Identify common groundfish species in British Columbia:
Anatomy of a Rockfish
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. 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