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Easy way to manage, just shut er down! I am sure they could have left some sub regions open as they have in the past. I believe there was no test fishery DONE (spawner index) so D.F.O. decided to close most areas. Have a look below.

Winter closures protect large, mature egg-bearing females as their eggs prepare to hatch. The following areas are closed to the harvest of prawn and shrimp by trap, ring net or spear while diving from January 1 to March 31, 2022:

Subareas 17-6, 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):

  • January 1 to January 15
  • February 1 to February 15
  • March 1 to March 15


Read our Q&A on prawn and shrimp pulse fishing for more information.

Spring closures

Recreational prawn and shrimp fishing is typically closed in the following areas for 1 week in spring to do spawner index testing.

Fall closures and pulse fishing

In Saanich Inlet, Stuart Channel and Alberni Inlet, “pulse” fishing may be implemented in the following areas after Labour Day weekend to increase prawn escapement and prawn abundance.

Subareas 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel), 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet), and 23-1 to 23-3 (Alberni Inlet) may close:

  • The first day after Labour Day to September 15
  • October 1 to October 15
  • November 1 to November 15
  • December 1 to December 15

Read our Q&