For 2018, the recreational fishery halibut allocation is 927,990 pounds. The following measures will be in effect as noted below: COAST-WIDE: Open time: Effective at 00:01 hours on April 1, 2018 fishing for halibut will be opened coast-wide until further notice. Limits and sizes: Effective April 1, 2018 until further notice: -The maximum length for Halibut is 115cm. -The daily limit for Halibut is one (1). -The possession limit for Halibut is two (2), only one (1) of which may be over 83cm in length. -The annual limit is six (6) Halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. -All Halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each Halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on the licence. Licensing: The 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence are in effect starting 00:01 hours on April 1, 2018. 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 commencement. Variation Order No. 2018-RCT-0124 (Close time), 2018-RFQ-0125 (Quota) 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 provider. Please see the list of Independent Access Providers at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/iap-fai-eng.html. Note: Rockfish Conservations Areas (RCA's) and Marine Protected Areas (including glass sponge reef closures) remain in effect - refer to the following website for descriptions : http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast) - (250)756-7190 Peter Katinic (North Coast) - (250)559-8330 Carole Eros (604)666-7089.
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