RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Subject: FN0158-Recreational - Fin Fish -
Halibut: 2019 Fishery Opening March 1, 2019 and
Management Measures in Effect Until March 31, 2019
For 2019, the recreational fishery allocation is 890,013 pounds.
The following measures will be in effect as noted below.
Further updates on the fishing regulations for April 1, 2019
will be provided
later in March 2019.
Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2019 fishing for halibut will be opened
coast- wide until further notice.
The 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licenses and Conditions of License,
remain in effect until 23:59 hours March 31, 2019.
Limits and sizes:
Effective March 1, 2019 until further notice:
-The maximum length for halibut is 115 cm.
-The daily limit for halibut is one (1).
-The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one (1) of which may be
over 83 cm in length.
-The annual limit is six (6) halibut per license holder, as set out on the
2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing License.
-All halibut retained by the license holder shall be immediately recorded on
the 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing License. The area from which each
halibut is caught and its length (head-on) shall immediately be recorded on
The exceptions to these openings are:
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.
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 Orders: 2019-RCT-079 (Close Time) and 2019-RFQ-080 (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:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast) – (250)756-7190, Darren Chow (North Coast) –
(250)627-3441, Jason Knight (250) 850-9370
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0158
Sent February 27, 2019 at 11:28
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