Fishery Notice

RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0023-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - 2015 Recreational Fishery Opening Date and Management Measures in effect until March 31, 2015

Coast wide:

Open time:
Effective at 00:01 hours February 1, 2015 fishing for halibut will be opened 
coastwide until further notice.

Further updates on the fishing regulations for April 1, 2015 will be provided 
in February following meetings with the International Pacific Halibut 
Commission (IPHC) and the Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB).

The 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence 
remain in effect until 23:59 hours March 31, 2015.

Limits and sizes:
Effective 00:01 hours February 1, 2015 until further notice:
- The maximum length for halibut is 133cm.
- The daily limit for halibut is one (1). 
- The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one (1) of which 
may be over 90cm.
- The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on 
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 licence.

The exceptions to these openings are:

Areas 121:
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 and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at 
a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 
degrees 01.687 minutes W.

Area 121:
Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a 
line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to 
48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48 
degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the 
International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes 
N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of 

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 

Note: Rockfish Conservations Areas (RCA's) remain in effect - refer to the 
following website for descriptions:

Variation Orders 2015-12 and 2015-18.

Contact: Brad Beaith 250-756-7190, John Webb 250-627-3409 or Devona Adams 604-

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0023
Sent January 12, 2015 at 0912