Fishery Notice

FN1322-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish - Prawn and Shrimp - Areas 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28 closures

Recreational prawn and shrimp harvesters are advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close from 00:01 January 1, 2022, to 23:59 March 31, 2022, in the following Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations:

Subareas 13-1, 13-12 to 13-17 (Quadra/Cortes Islands);
Subareas 15-1 to 15-3 (Powell River / Lund);
Subareas 16-1, 16-2, 16-5 to 16-10, 16-11, 16-16 to 16-18 (Malaspina Strait / lower Jervis Inlet and Sechelt / Salmon Inlets); 
Subareas 17-5, 17-10 to 17-13, 17-15, 17-16, 17-18 (Nanaimo and portion Stuart Channel); 
Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet);
Subareas 23-1 to 23-4 (Alberni Inlet / Barkley Sound); 
Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-8, 25-16 (Tahsis/Muchalat Inlets); and 
Subarea 28-3 (portion Howe Sound).

These 3-month winter closures are in place to allow the prawn spawning period to complete. These areas re-open 00:01 hours April 1, 2022. 

Subareas 17-6 and 17-9 (Stuart Channel) will continue "pulse fishing" (closed in the first half of the month and open in the second half of the month). These Subareas will close to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving from:  

00:01 hours January 1, 2022 to 23:59 hours January 15, 2022; 
00:01 hours February 1, 2022 to 23:59 hours February 15, 2022; and 
00:01 hours March 1, 2022 to 23:59 hours March 15, 2022.   

These areas re-open 00:01 hours March 16, 2022. 

All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail must be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm. 

All other coastal areas remain open to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving until further notice, except the following protected areas which are closed year round:

Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Glass sponge Reef Marine Refuges;
Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site Strict Protection Zones;
Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area;
Offshore Seamounts and Vents;
Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and Area of Interest;
Cadboro Point Navigation Light (10 Mile Point); 
Whytecliffe Park;
Porteau Cove;
Point Atkinson; and
Vancouver Harbour between Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Bridge (also known as Second Narrows Bridge).
Discovery Passage, southeastern shoreline of Hornby Island, Strait of Georgia Dive Closures (Area 15), Ogden Point, and Pacific Rim National Park are closed year round to spear while diving.

Variation Order Number 2021-RCT-622. 

Refer to the BC Sport Fishing Guide for further information
Refer to the following website to Plan Ahead: seasonal prawn closures


Mike Kattilakoski 250-756-7315
David Fogtmann 250-339-3799
Jenny Smith 236-330-2963
Hong Tjhie 604-666-8426 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1322
Sent December 14, 2021 at 1330