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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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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 area, Aug 1 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 Strait of Juan de Fuca voluntary inshore lateral displacement. Inshore vessels (tugs) move further away from shore into lateral displacement zone.

Swiftsure Bank

  • Red area, Jun 1 to Nov 30: Interim Sanctuary Zone – No fishing or boating (with exceptions)
  • Yellow area, July 16 to Oct 31: No recreational or commercial salmon fishing
  • Pink area, Jun 1 to Oct 31: The ECHO Program voluntary slowdown for outbound large commercial vessels in Swiftsure Bank: 11kn speed through the water (bulkers, tankers, general cargo) or 14.5kn speed through the water (containers, car carriers, cruise).

Gulf Islands

  • Red area, Jun 1 to Nov 30: Interim Sanctuary Zones – No fishing or boating (with exceptions)
  • Yellow area, potentially active starting Jun 1 to Oct 31: No recreational or commercial salmon fishing in effect based on first confirmed presence of Southern Resident Killer Whales until October 31.
  • 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: 11kn speed through the water (bulkers, tankers, general cargo) or 14.5 kn speed through the water (containers, car carriers, cruise).

Orange area

  • In effect until May 31, 2022: 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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