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Posted on: 2017/05/08 13:59:21 * Reply
Subject: FN0125-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut: Management Measures in effect starting April 1, 2017.

For 2017, the recreational fishery allocation is 1,118,029 pounds.
The following measures will be in effect as noted below.

Coast wide:

Open time:
Effective at 00:01 hours April 1, 2017 fishing for halibut will be opened coast
wide until further notice.

The 2017/2018 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence,
are in effect 00:01hours April 1, 2017.

Limits and sizes:
Effective April 1, 2017 until further notice:

The maximum overall length for halibut is 133 cm.

The daily limit for halibut is one (1).

The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater
than 83 cm in length.

The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the
2017/2018 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded on the
2017/2018 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut
is caught and its overall length shall immediately be recorded on licence.

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 West 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 West.

Area 121:
Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a
line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes North and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes West,
thence to 48 degrees 34.00 minutes North and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes West,
thence to 48 degrees 29.62 minutes North and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes West,
thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48
degrees 29.55 minutes North and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes West, thence in a
straight line to the point of commencement.

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

Note: Rockfish Conservations Areas (RCA’s) remain in effect – refer to the
following website for descriptions:

Variation Orders: 2016-362 and 2016-74.


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