Fishery Notice

RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0256-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut: Management Measures in effect starting April 1, 2018

For 2018, the recreational fishery halibut allocation is 927,990 pounds. The 
following measures will be in effect as noted below: 


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.

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 

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

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 :

Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast) - (250)756-7190
Peter Katinic (North Coast) - (250)559-8330
Carole Eros (604)666-7089.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0256
Sent March 28, 2018 at 1104