Region 1: Nanaimo River, Puntledge and Courtenay Rivers, Qualicum River – Zero Retention Effective November 1, 2019

Due to lower than expected Chum returns in the Strait of Georgia, effective 00:01 hours November 1, 2019 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, there is no retention of Chum in the following waters:


Nanaimo River, Puntledge and Courtenay Rivers, Qualicum River

Variation Orders: 2019-RFQ-612



Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.


Anglers are further reminded that intentionally (willfully) foul-hooking fish or attempting to foul hook fish is illegal and that non-compliance may result in closure (Foul hook is defined as: Hooking a fish in any part of its body other than the mouth).

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-866-431-FISH (3474).


Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit their website at