Halibut Opening – March 1st, 2018


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

Further updates on the fishing regulations for April 1, 2018 will be provided 
later in March 2018.


Open time:
Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2018 fishing for Halibut will be opened coast-
wide until further notice.

The 2017/2018 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence, 
remain in effect until 23:59 hours March 31, 2018.

Limits and sizes:
[Effective March 1, 2018 until further notice]
-The maximum length for Halibut is 133cm.
-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 
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 length shall immediately be recorded on the 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 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: 2018-81 (Close Time) and 2018-82 (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 

NOTE: Rockfish Conservations Areas (RCA's) 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.