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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Fishing

Lingcod are non-migratory making them susceptible to over harvesting
Check your saltwater sport fishing regulations for specific size limits and openings
© Parks Canada / D. Pickles / D-9

Are you thinking of catching or harvesting finfish, shellfish or other marine creatures? Remember Pacific Rim is a national park reserve established to protect the diversity of life in this area for present and future generations. Help Parks Canada protect both the marine and the terrestrial environment.

Harvest limits are reduced within Pacific Rim. If you are harvesting you must:

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) permanently closed a large section of the Broken Group Islands (BGI) to fin-fishing. View DFO information for details of this closure.

This closure was implemented to aid in the protection of inshore rockfish. Some fish are non-migratory, spending the majority of their adult lives in specific home territories. These fish tend to live on or near, the ocean bottom and are called 'bottom fish' or 'groundfish'. Lingcod, kelp greenling and rockfish are all examples of groundfish. Preliminary results from surveys of rockfish indicate that their abundance, species diversity, and sizes, are lower than expected, given the amount of suitable habitat available in the BGI. Due to incidental rockfish catch when fishing for other fish, such as salmon, the closure is for all fin-fish.