Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Initiative

British Columbia's ancient glass sponge reefs are a globally unique ecosystem that provide important habitat for many marine animals including spot prawns, rockfish, herring, halibut and sharks. The Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Conservation Initiative implements measures to protect and conserve glass sponge reefs on British Columbia's south coast.

Frequently asked questions: Glass Sponge Reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound.

Sponge Reef Closures – Strait of Georgia

No commercial, recreational or Indigenous Food, Social and Ceremonial bottom-contact fishing activities are allowed within the areas listed below. This includes fishing for:

Howe Sound – Defence Islands Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Howe Sound – Defence Islands Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-4 that lies inside a line:

begins at 49°34.102'N 123°17.070'W
then southerly to 49°33.730'N 123°16.562'W
then to 49°33.553'N 123°16.462'W
then to 49°33.438'N 123°16.750'W
then to 49°33.707'N 123°17.201'W
then to 49°33.993'N 123°17.391'W
then to the beginning point    
Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures

Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside the following lines:

Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 1
begins at 49°21.486'N 123°17.254'W
then southerly to 49°20.528'N 123°17.690'W
then to 49°20.401'N 123°17.956'W
then to 49°20.765'N 123°18.794'W
then to 49°20.982'N 123°18.584'W
then to 49°21.098'N 123°18.037'W
then to 49°21.501'N 123°17.737'W
then to the beginning point    
Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 2
begins at 49°20.288'N 123°17.693'W
then southeasterly to 49°20.2249'N 123°17.501'W
then to 49°19.993'N 123°17.377'W
then to 49°19.802'N 123°17.444'W
then to 49°19.720'N 123°17.840'W
then to 49°19.937'N 123°18.107'W
then to the beginning point    
Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 3
begins at 49°19.918'N 123°19.847'W
then southerly to 49°19.296'N 123°19.905'W
then to 49°19.307'N 123°20.344'W
then to 49°19.643'N 123°20.421'W
then to 49°19.819'N 123°20.361'W
then to 49°19.947'N 123°20.097'W
then to the beginning point    
Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 4
begins at 49°20.637'N 123°19.162'W
then easterly to 49°20.577'N 123°18.720'W
then to 49°20.441'N 123°18.637'W
then to 49°20.068'N 123°18.818'W
then to 49°20.076'N 123°19.135'W
then to 49°19.718'N 123°19.188'W
then to 49°19.726'N 123°19.514'W
then to 49° 20.259'N 123°19.828'W
then to the beginning point    
Foreslope Hills Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Foreslope Hills Closure

That portion of Subarea 29-3 that lies inside a line:

begins at 49°09.634'N 123°23.048'W
then southeasterly to 49°09.389'N 123°22.622'W
then to 49°09.187'N 123°22.587'W
then to 49°09.211'N 123°23.567'W
then to 49°09.646'N 123°23.543'W
then to the beginning point    
Outer Gulf Islands Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Outer Gulf Islands Closure

Those portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside the following lines:

Outer Gulf Islands 1
begins at 48°54.936'N 123°19.589'W
then southerly to 48°54.283'N 123°18.529'W
then to 48°54.114'N 123°18.619'W
then to 48°54.065'N 123°18.771'W
then to 48°54.787'N 123°19.929'W
then to 48°54.902'N 123°19.793'W
then to the beginning point    
Outer Gulf Islands 2
begins at 48°52.588'N 123°15.261'W
then easterly to 48°52.520'N 123°14.537'W
then to 48°51.971'N 123°13.768'W
then to 48°51.795'N 123°13.947'W
then to 48°52.150'N 123°14.444'W
then to 48°52.038'N 123°14.678'W
then to 48°52.479'N 123°15.521'W
then to the beginning point    
Outer Gulf Islands 3
begins at 48°51.602'N 123°13.233'W
then southerly to 48°51.309'N 123°12.751'W
then to 48°50.913'N 123°12.938'W
then to 48°50.844'N 123°13.059'W
then to 48°51.163'N 123°13.662'W
then to 48°51.579'N 123°13.378'W
then to the beginning point    
Outer Gulf Islands 4
begins at 48°50.999'N 123°12.391'W
then southerly to 48°50.608'N 123°11.603'W
then to 48°50.097'N 123°10.956'W
then to 48°49.959'N 123°11.182'W
then to 48°50.857'N 123°12.654'W
then to 48°50.959'N 123°12.566'W
then to the beginning point    
Gabriola Island Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Gabriola Island Closure

That portion of Subarea 17-11 that lies inside a line:

begins at 49°13.672'N 123°47.577'W
then southerly to 49°13.235'N 123°47.429'W
then to 49°13.185'N 123°47.882'W
then to 49°13.391'N 123°48.119'W
then to 49°13.623'N 123°48.166'W
then to the beginning point    
Parksville Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Parksville Closure

Those portions of Subareas 14-2 and 14-3 that lie inside a line:

begins at 49°21.680'N 124°19.762'W
then southeasterly to 49°21.514'N 124°18.893'W
then to 49°21.191'N 124°17.723'W
then to 49°21.064'N 124°17.724'W
then to 49°20.725'N 124°18.380'W
then to 49°21.432'N 124°19.811'W
then to the beginning point    
East of Hornby Island Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
East of Hornby Island Closure

That portion of Subarea 14-6 that lies inside a line:

begins at 49°33.490'N 124°29.230'W
then southerly to 49°32.701'N 124°28.760'W
then to 49°31.657'N 124°29.434'W
then to 49°31.663'N 124°29.896'W
then to 49°32.651'N 124°29.752'W
then to 49°33.340'N 124°29.935'W
then to 49°33.498'N 124°29.773'W
then to the beginning point    
Sechelt Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Sechelt Closure

That portion of Subarea 29-2 that lies inside a line:

begins at 49°25.948'N 123°48.889'W
then easterly to 49°25.899'N 123°47.266'W
then to 49°25.373'N 123°46.494'W
then to 49°24.734'N 123°47.083'W
then to 49°24.910'N 123°47.951'W
then to 49°24.253'N 123°48.283'W
then to 49°24.845'N 123°49.914'W
then to the beginning point    
Halibut Bank Closure

Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Areas - Pacific Region
Halibut Bank Closure

That portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line:

begins at 49°21.768'N 123°41.501'W
then southerly to 49°21.174'N 123°40.045'W
then to 49°20.961'N 123°40.139'W
then to 49°20.803'N 123°39.860'W
then to 49°20.565'N 123°40.182'W
then to 49°21.610'N 123°41.843'W
then to 49°21.673'N 123°42.643'W
then to 49°21.895'N 123°43.908'W
then to 49°22.174'N 123°44.748'W
then to 49°22.555'N 123°44.456'W
then to 49°22.188'N 123°42.167'W
then to the beginning point    
Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Sponge Reef Closures

Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Sponge Reef Closures

Sponge Reef Closures – Howe Sound

As of April 1, 2019, no commercial, recreational or Indigenous bottom-contact fishing activities are allowed within the areas listed below. This includes fishing for:

The use of downrigger gear in recreational salmon trolling is also prohibited in these areas due to the potential risk of damage to shallow reefs.

East Defence Islands Closure

East Defence Islands Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-4 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 34.731' N 123° 16.555' W
then northeast to 49° 34.848' N 123° 16.357' W
then northeast to 49° 34.854' N 123° 16.120' W
then southeast to 49° 34.580' N 123° 16.084' W
then southwest to 49° 34.535' N 123° 16.539' W
then to the beginning point    
Anvil Island Closure

Anvil Island Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-4 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 32.874' N 123° 17.425' W
then southeast to 49° 32.865' N 123° 16.815' W
then southwest to 49° 32.533' N 123° 16.869' W
then southwest to 49° 32.482' N 123° 17.118' W
then northwest to 49° 32.574' N 123° 17.483' W
then to the beginning point    
Lost Reef Closure

Lost Reef Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 29.799' N 123° 18.203' W
then northeast to 49° 29.935' N 123° 18.007' W
then southeast to 49° 29.882' N 123° 17.832' W
then southeast to 49° 29.591' N 123° 17.519' W
then southwest to 49° 29.547' N 123° 17.941' W
then to the beginning point    
Brunswick Point Closure

Brunswick Point Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 28.577' N 123° 14.965' W
then southeast to 49° 28.434' N 123° 14.732' W
then southwest to 49° 28.177' N 123° 15.031' W
then northwest to 49° 28.397' N 123° 15.377' W
then to the beginning point    
Lions Bay and Kelvin Grove Closure

Lions Bay and Kelvin Grove Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 27.629' N 123° 15.761' W
then southeast to 49° 27.315' N 123° 14.516' W
then southwest to 49° 26.950' N 123° 14.595' W
then northwest to 49° 26.952' N 123° 15.046' W
then northwest to 49° 27.195' N 123° 15.655' W
then to the beginning point    
Halkett Point Closure

Halkett Point Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 27.036' N 123° 18.686' W
then southeast to 49° 26.897' N 123° 18.444' W
then southwest to 49° 26.696' N 123° 18.578' W
then southwest to 49° 26.657' N 123° 18.776' W
then northwest to 49° 26.742' N 123° 18.984' W
then to the beginning point    
Bowyer Island Closure

Bowyer Island Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 24.774' N 123° 16.219' W
then northeast to 49° 24.820' N 123° 15.763' W
then southwest to 49° 24.096' N 123° 16.043' W
then northwest to 49° 24.389' N 123° 16.408' W
then to the beginning point    
Dorman Point Closure

Dorman Point Closure

That portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies inside a line that:

begins at 49° 22.577' N 123° 19.379' W
then southeast to 49° 22.543' N 123° 19.051' W
then southwest to 49° 22.287' N 123° 19.152' W
then northwest to 49° 22.351' N 123° 19.454' W
then to the beginning point    
Sponge Reef Closures – Howe Sound

Sponge Reef Closures – Howe Sound

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