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.

Glass Sponge Reef Marine Refuges – 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

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 – Defence Islands

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Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel

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°20.224'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°19.187'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    
Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel

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Foreslope Hills

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    
Foreslope Hills

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Outer Gulf Islands

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    
Outer Gulf Islands

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Gabriola Island

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    
Gabriola Island

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Parksville

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    
Parksville

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East of Hornby Island

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    
East of Hornby Island

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Sechelt

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    
Sechelt

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Halibut Bank

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    
Halibut Bank

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Strait of Georgia Glass Sponge Reef Marine Refuges

Strait of Georgia Glass Sponge Reef Marine Refuges

Glass Sponge Reef Marine Refuges – Howe Sound

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

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    
East Defence Islands

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Anvil Island

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    
Anvil Island

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Lost Reef

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    
Lost Reef

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Brunswick Point

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    
Brunswick Point

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Lions Bay and Kelvin Grove

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    
Lions Bay and Kelvin Grove

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Halkett Point

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    
Halkett Point

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Bowyer Island

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    
Bowyer Island

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Dorman Point

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    
Dorman Point

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Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reef Marine Refuges

Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reef Marine Refuges

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