Fishery Notice

RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0906-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Coastwide (see exceptions in the notice) - Halibut: Increased daily limit

The DFO and Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) Halibut Committee meets monthly 
throughout the season to review estimated catches.  At the most recent meeting, 
it was determined that the recreational fishery harvest to July 31, 2014 was 
approx. 575,735 pounds of the recreational fishery's Total Allowable Catch of 
1,057,500 pounds. 

Given the current management measures in effect and catch forecasts to December 
31, 2014, DFO is proceeding with the following change: 

Effective September 1 through to December 31, the daily limit will be increased 
from 1 fish per day to two fish per day.  

All other management measures as noted in Fishery Notice 0076 remain in effect. 

In summary:

Effective September 1 until December 31, 2014:
- The maximum length for halibut is 133cm.
- The daily limit for halibut is two (2). 
- The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater 
than 90cm in length. 
- There is an annual limit of six (6) halibut (per licence holder) as 
authorized under the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
- All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in 
ink on the 2014-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.  The area from which 
each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on license.

The exceptions to these openings are:

Areas 121, 23 and 123: 
Currently in effect to 23:59 hours December 31, 2014:

- No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 
outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 
34.000 minutes North latitude and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes West longitude and 
continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 
degrees 28.327 minutes North latitude and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes West 

Area 121:
A reminder to recreational harvesters, that the waters of Swiftsure Bank, 
inside a line from 48°34.00'N and 125°06.00'W, thence to 48°34.00'N and 124°
54.20'W, thence to 48°29.62'N and 124°43.40'W, thence following the 
International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48°29.55'N and 124°
56.20'W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement, are closed to 
all finfish, all year.

Non-residents of Canada wishing to fish for and retain halibut in Management 
Areas 121, 23 and 123 must purchase an electronic licence through a Canadian 

Variation Order: 2014-391


Contact: Devona Adams 604-666-3271, Adam, Keizer 604-666-0912 or Neil Davis 604-

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0906
Sent August 28, 2014 at 1315