2019 management measures to protect Southern Resident killer whales

The seasonal distribution and movement patterns of Southern Resident killer whales are strongly associated with the availability of their preferred prey, chinook salmon, however wild populations of chinook salmon have declined dramatically in recent years. This lack of prey has been a critical factor in the decline of Southern Resident killer whales. To address this, the Government of Canada has implemented fishery management measures to protect Fraser River chinook salmon, a vital food source for Southern Resident killer whales.


Fishery management measures for 2019 include closures that will help increase the availability of chinook salmon and decrease noise disturbance in the key Southern Resident killer whale foraging (feeding) areas found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Gulf Islands and the mouth of the Fraser River. A new mandatory 400-metre approach distance for all killer whales is also now in effect in the Southern Resident killer whale critical habitats.


Check out some additional resources: Overview of management measures


If you have any questions about fishery closures or boating around whales, please contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Lingcod are non-migratory making them susceptible to over harvesting
Check your saltwater sport fishing regulations for specific size limits and openings

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.