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Know The Zones

San Juan Island West Side Voluntary No-Boat Zone

The voluntary No-Go Zone encompasses sensitive foraging and resting areas for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale. This zone extends

  • ¼ mile offshore from Mitchell Point to Cattle Point, and
  • ½ mile around Lime Kiln Point State Park.

This zone is in place all year at all times. To safely and responsibly navigate the west side of San Juan, keep out of the No-Go Zone!

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San Juan Island West Side Voluntary No-Boat Zone Map graphic
Canada Interim Sanctuary Zones

Click on the maps to the right for details on 2021 locations and closures for:

Strait of Juan de Fuca

  • Yellow areas, Aug 1 (or following expiry of the chinook non-retention measures) to Oct 31: No recreational or commercial salmon fishing.
  • Pink area, Jun 1 to Oct 31: The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program Juan de Fuca Strait voluntary inshore lateral displacement. Inshore vessels (tugs) move further away from shore into lateral displacement zone.

 

Swiftsure Bank

  • Green areas, Jun 1 to Nov 30: Seasonal Slowdown Areas – Vessel speed limited to no more than 10 knots (with exceptions).
  • Yellow areas, July 15 (or following chinook non-retention measures) to Oct 31: No recreational or commercial salmon fishing.
  • Pink area, Jun 1 to Oct 31: The ECHO Program voluntary slowdown trial for inbound and outbound large commercial vessels in Swiftsure Bank: 11 knots or less through the water for bulkers, tankers and government vessels or 14.5 knots or less through the water for container vessels, vehicle carriers, cruise ships.

 

Gulf Islands

  • Red areas, Jun 1 to Nov 30: Interim Sanctuary Zones – No fishing or boating (with exceptions).
  • Yellow areas, potentially active starting May 5 to Oct 31: No recreational or commercial salmon fishing.
  • Pink area, potentially active between Jun 1 to Nov 30, based on whale presence: The ECHO Program Haro Strait and Boundary Pass voluntary vessel slowdown. Large commercial vessel slowdown: 11 knots or less through the water for bulkers, tankers, ferries and government vessels or 14.5 knots through the water for container vessels, vehicle carriers and cruise ships.

 

Mouth of the Fraser River

  • Yellow area, Aug 1 to Sept 30: No recreational or commercial salmon fishing.

 

Orange area

  • In effect until May 31, 2023: Stay 400m away from killer whales (with some exceptions) in all southern BC coastal waters between Campbell River and just north of Ucluelet.

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Canadian Pacific waters (year round)

  • Stay 200m away from all killer whales, except when in southern BC coastal waters between Campbell River and just north of Ucluelet (orange areas)
  • Stay 200m away from all whales, dolphins and porpoises when in resting position or with a calf
  • Stay 100m away from all other whales, dolphins and porpoises
  • Voluntary measures:
    • Voluntary fishing avoidance zone: Stop fishing (do not haul gear) within 1000m of killer whales
    • Reduce speed to less than 7 knots when within 1000m of the nearest marine mammal
    • When safe to do so turn off echo sounders and fish finders when not in use
    • Place engine in neutral idle and allow animals to pass if your vessel is not in compliance with the approach distance regulations