British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996 (SOR/96-137)

Regulations are current to 2019-08-28 and last amended on 2019-03-26. Previous Versions

PART IFishing in Tidal Waters (continued)

Licences and Conservation Stamps (continued)

  •  (1) No person shall

    • (a) fish unless the person holds a licence; or

    • (b) catch and retain salmon unless the person holds a licence to which is permanently affixed a conservation stamp that is valid for the same year as the licence.

  • (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply on the third Sunday in June or the Friday or Saturday immediately preceding that day.

  • SOR/2010-113, s. 1

 [Repealed, SOR/2002-380, s. 3]

 No person shall harvest herring spawn on kelp other than under the authority of a licence issued under the Fishery (General) Regulations, the Pacific Fishery Regulations, 1993 or the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations.

 No person shall hold more than one licence.

Catch Records

 A licence holder who catches and retains a lingcod or a chinook salmon shall immediately record the catch on the licence or, if a record can be made in a catch registry kept by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in that registry.

  • SOR/98-545, s. 4
  • SOR/2019-76, s. 1

 The licence holder shall not alter the record made under section 22.

  • SOR/2019-76, s. 1

PART IIFishing for Fin Fish Other than Salmon in Tidal Waters

Application

 This Part applies to fishing for fin fish other than salmon in tidal waters.

Close Times

  •  (1) No person shall fish for fish of a species set out in column I of an item of Schedule IV, in any Subarea, with a type of gear or by a method set out in column III of that item during the close time set out in column IV of that item.

  • (2) The close time set out in column IV of item 21 of Schedule IV is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of fish set out in column I.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 5

Daily Quotas for Individual Species

  •  (1) No person shall catch and retain in a day more fish of a species set out in column I of Schedule IV, in any Subarea, than the daily quota set out in column II.

  • (2) The quota set out in column II of item 21 of Schedule IV is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of fish set out in column I.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 6

Aggregate Daily Quotas

 No person shall, in a day, catch and retain more than

  • (a) four wild trout and hatchery trout, in the aggregate, in any Subarea;

  • (b) four wild trout and hatchery trout, in the aggregate; or

  • (c) eight rockfish.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 7

Annual Quotas

 No person shall catch and retain in a year more than 10 lingcod in the aggregate from Areas 11 to 19, 28 and 29 and Subareas 20-5 to 20-7.

 No person shall catch and retain more than one white sturgeon in a year.

Size Limits

 No person shall catch and retain in any Subarea

  • (a) a white sturgeon that measures less than 100 cm or more than 150 cm in overall length;

  • (b) a wild trout that measures less than 30 cm in overall length;

  • (c) a hatchery trout that measures less than 30 cm in overall length; or

  • (d) a lingcod that measures less than 65 cm in overall length or that measures, with the head off, less than 53 cm in length when measured along the shortest length of the body to the tip of the tail.

  • SOR/2002-380, s. 4

Gear Restrictions

 No person shall fish for fish of a species set out in column I of an item of Schedule IV other than with a type of gear or by a method set out in column III of that item.

 No person shall fish for eulachon or smelt with a gill net

  • (a) that exceeds 7.5 m in length; or

  • (b) that has a mesh size of less than 25 mm or more than 50 mm.

 No person shall fish for eulachon or smelt with more than one net at a time.

PART IIIFishing for Crustaceans, Echinoderms, Molluscs and Shellfish in Tidal Waters

Application

 This Part applies to fishing for crustaceans, echinoderms, molluscs and shellfish in tidal waters.

Close Times

  •  (1) No person shall fish for fish of a species set out in column I of an item of Schedule V, in any Subarea, with a type of gear or by a method set out in column III of that item during the close time set out in column IV of that item.

  • (2) The close time set out in column IV of subitem 3(6) of Schedule V is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of crab set out in column I.

  • (3) The close time set out in column IV of item 19 of Schedule V is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of fish set out in column I.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 8

Daily Quotas for Individual Species

  •  (1) No person shall catch and retain in a day more fish of a species set out in column I of Schedule V, in any Subarea, than the daily quota set out in column II.

  • (2) The quota set out in column II of subitem 3(6) of Schedule V is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of crab referred to in column I.

  • (3) The quota set out in column II of item 19 of Schedule V is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of fish referred to in column I.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 9

Aggregate Daily Quotas

 No person shall catch and retain in a day more than

  • (a) 75 clams;

  • (b) four Dungeness crab and red rock crab, in the aggregate, in all of Areas 11 to 20, 28 and 29;

  • (c) six Dungeness crab, red rock crab and king crab, in the aggregate, in all of Areas 1 to 10 and 21 to 27 or in any Subarea outside the surfline;

  • (d) 75 mussels; or

  • (e) six purple-hinged rock scallops and weather-vane scallops in the aggregate.

Size Limits

  •  (1) No person shall catch and retain

    • (a) an abalone that measures less than 100 mm in a straight line through the greatest breadth of the shell;

    • (b) a Dungeness crab that measures less than 165 mm in a straight line through the greatest breadth of the carapace; or

    • (c) a red rock crab that measures less than 115 mm in a straight line through the greatest breadth of the carapace

  • (2) No person shall remove an abalone from its resting place without first ensuring that it is of a size greater than that described in paragraph (1)(a).

Gear Restrictions

 No person shall fish for fish of a species set out in column I of an item of Schedule V other than with a type of gear or by a method set out in column III of that item.

  •  (1) No person shall fish for crab with more than two ring nets, dip nets and crab traps in the aggregate.

  • (2) No person shall fish for crab with a ring net or crab trap unless a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator’s name is attached to the net or trap.

  • (3) Despite subsection (2), if two crab traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator’s name to one end of the ground-line.

  • SOR/2002-380, s. 5
  •  (1) No person shall fish for shrimp with more than four shrimp traps.

  • (2) No person shall fish for shrimp with a shrimp trap unless a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator’s name is attached to the trap.

  • (3) Despite subsection (2), if two traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator’s name to one end of the ground-line.

  • (4) For greater certainty, if more than two traps are attached to one ground-line, paragraph 27(6)(b) of the Fishery (General) Regulations applies.

  • SOR/2002-380, s. 5
 
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