AREA 17 PRAWN CLOSURES & REGULATIONS

Prawn Fishery – Pacific Region

Fall is egg season!  Protect egg- bearing femaile prawns.  Expect & respect seasonal closures.

Photo: a prawn

Prawn

Species Information

Integrated Fisheries Management Plans

Overview of the Fishery

Contacts

250-756-7233

Lead Resource Manager, Prawn and shrimp by trap

250-756-7368

Science
PBS Marine Ecosystems and Aquaculture Division

250-756-7306

Logbook Program, Shellfish Data Co-ordinator

For other prawn and shrimp by trap fishery departmental contacts, please consult the Shellfish Contactspage.

Prawn and Shrimp Closures

Winter is Egg Season!

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL – Shellfish
Subject:
FN0321-RECREATIONAL – Shellfish – Prawn and Shrimp – Areas 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28 Open April 1, 2017,

Recreational prawn and shrimp by trap harvesters are reminded that all coastal 
areas open 00:01 hours April 1, 2017 to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by 
trap, ring net, or spear while diving until further notice, with the exception 
of the following which are closed year round: Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound 
sponge reef areas, Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area, Hecate 
Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area, Race 
Rocks Ecological Reserve, Whytecliffe Park, Porteau Cove, Point Atkinson, and 
Vancouver Harbour between Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Bridge 
(also known as Second Narrows Bridge).

Recreational prawn and shrimp by trap harvesters are also advised that the 
harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will 
close from 00:01 hours May 10, 2017 to 23:59 hours May 16, 2017, in Stuart 
Channel (Subareas 17-5, 17-6, and 17-9), Saanich Inlet (Subarea 19-7 to 19-12 
inclusive), and Alberni Inlet (Subareas 23-1 to 23-3 inclusive). This action is 
to allow for the completion of comprehensive spawner index sampling at the 
start of the commercial fishery. 

Variation Order Number 2017-209. Variation Order 2017-174 is revoked.

 
Refer to the following website for maps and information about the Strait of 
Georgia and Howe Sound sponge reef closures 
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/ceccsr-cerceef/closures-fermetures-eng.html 

Refer to Fishery Notice FN0133 for coordinates and information about the new 
Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected 
Area which is located offshore in Pacific Fishery Management Areas 105, 106, 
and 107 
http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?
pg=view_notice&DOC_ID=194216&ID=all  

The daily bag, possession and trap limits continue to be in effect coastwide. 
Refer to the B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for further information.  
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html
 
These actions are in accordance with the Recreational Harvest Plan, Appendix 2 
of the 2017/18 Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Integrated Fisheries Management Plan.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Laurie Convey 250-756-7233 laurie.convey@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Mike Kattilakoski 250-756-7315 mike.kattilakoski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
David Fogtmann 250-339-3799 david.fogtmann@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Brad Beaith 250-756-7190 brad.beaith@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center – FN0321
Sent April 3, 2017 at 1025

Informational posters for Recreational Prawn Fishers

What you can expect to seeWhat’s important this season
Spring (Apr-June)
New Season
  • Larval stage
  • 1- & 2-year-old males prominent
  • Gender transitions
  • 3-year-old females
New lifecycle begins. New larvae may not be visible but they live in the upper water column for up to 3 months as they settle to the ocean floor. Once settled, they mature as males for the first two years of life. Larvae distribution is dependent upon tides and currents, which means that each local area will have different adult prawn abundance from year to year
Summer (July-Sept)
Breeding Season
  • 1- & 2-year-old males prominent
  • 3-year-old females
After an 8-month male-to-female gender transition period, newly transitioned 3-year-old females will breed with younger, 1- and 2-year-old males.
Fall (Oct-Dec)
Spawning Season
  • 1- & 2-year-old males
  • 3-year-old females with eggs prominent
Spawning starts in October. Large, mature, egg-bearing females increase in prominence and seasonal closures will be in effect to protect them.
Winter (Jan-Mar)
Egg Season
  • 1- & 2-year-old males
  • 3-year-old females with eggs prominent
  • Gender transitions
Winter closures will be in effect to protect large, mature, egg-bearing females as their eggs prepare to hatch before the 4-year lifecycle ends.
Areas 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28, prawn and shrimp closures

Jan 1 – March 31, 2017: The following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving:

  • Subareas 13-1, 13-13, 13-16 (Quadra Island area);
  • Subareas 15-2, (Powell River, Lund);
  • Subareas 16-5, 16-9 (Sechelt Inlet), 16-10, 16-16, 16-17 (Malaspina Strait, Agamemnon Channel);
  • Subareas 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel);
  • Subareas 17-12, 17-13, 17-15, 17-16 (Nanaimo);
  • Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet);
  • Subareas 23-1 to 23-4 (Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound);
  • Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-16 (Nootka Sound, Muchalaht Inlet, Tahsis Inlet)
  • Subarea 28-5 (Howe Sound)

FN1330 2016-12-02

Areas 14, 17, 18, 28 and 29, Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound, prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) closures

Until further notice, the following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) to protect glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound:

  1. Howe Sound – Defence Islands Closure Subarea 28-4
  2. Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures Subareas 28-2 and 29-3
  3. Foreslope Hills Closure Subarea 29-3
  4. Outer Gulf Islands Closure Subareas 18-1 and 29-4
  5. Gabriola Island Closure Subarea 17-11
  6. Parksville Closure Subareas 14-2 and 14-3
  7. East of Hornby Island Closure Subarea 14-6
  8. Sechelt Closure Subarea 29-2
  9. Halibut Bank Closure Subarea 29-2

FN0415 2016-05-17

Areas 17 (Stuart Channel), 19 (Saanich Inlet), 23 (Alberni Inlet), prawn and shrimp

The following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving:

  • Stuart Channel (Subareas 17-5, 17-6, and 17-9) See map
  • Saanich Inlet (Subarea 19-7 to 19-12 inclusive) See map
  • Alberni Inlet (Subareas 23-1 to 23-3 inclusive) See map

These areas will be closed for the following periods:

  • Sept. 6 – Sept. 15, 2016;
  • Oct. 1 – Oct. 15, 2016;
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 15, 2016;
  • Dec. 1 – Dec. 15, 2016;
  • Jan. 1 2017, until further notice based on spawner index testing.

All other coastal areas remain open until further notice, with the exception of the following which are closed year round: Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area, Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, Whytecliffe Park, Porteau Cove, Point Atkinson, and Vancouver Harbour between Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Bridge (also known as Second Narrows Bridge).

FN0923 2016-08-30

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