Fishery Notice

RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0310-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut: Management Measures in Effect Starting April 1, 2019

For 2019, the recreational fishery allocation is 890,013 pounds.
The following measures will be in effect as noted below. 


Open time:
Effective at 00:01 hours April 1, 2019 fishing for halibut will be opened 
coast-wide until further notice.

The 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence, 
are in effect starting 00:01 hours April 1, 2019.

Limits and sizes:

Effective April 1, 2019 until further notice:

- The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (head-on).

- The daily limit for halibut is one (1). 

- The possession limit for halibut is either of:
---- one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (head-on), OR
---- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (head-on).
- The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 
2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

- All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in 
ink on 
the 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each 
halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the 

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 Orders 2019-RCT-201 (Close Time) and 2019-RFQ-202 (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 
Independent Access Provider (IAP). Find an IAP location from our web page:

Note: Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) and Glass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures 
remain in effect - refer to the following web pages for descriptions:


Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast) - (250)756-7190, Darren Chow (North Coast) -
 (250)627-3441, Jason Knight (250) 850-9370.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0310
Sent March 29, 2019 at 1645