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Creating A Network
Of Marine Protected Areas

Locally, both Whytecliff Park and Porteau Cove Provincial Park serve as marine protected areas, along with many new Rockfish Conservation Areas that also function as marine protected areas, since all are closed to hook-and-line fishing. The Vancouver Aquarium was instrumental in creating the Pt. Atkinson Research Fishing Closure, and has been actively raising public awareness at Whytecliffe Park and Porteau Cove.

Rockfish In A Marine Protected Area

Fishing Closure

The Point Atkinson
Research Fishing Closure

In 1997, we were granted permission by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to set up a small protected area (100m x 80m) in West Vancouver's Lighthouse Park, named the Point Atkinson Research Fishing Closure. While the Research Fishing Closure was rescinded when a shoreline strip closure encompasses this small area, it did represent the world's smallest marine protected area. It is also where we transplanted black rockfish collected from Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island. now the transplants have resulted in successful reproduction and three young year-classes (or age groups) of black rockfish which are inhabiting reefs surrounding Point Atkinson

Whytecliffe Park And
Porteau Cove

Whytecliffe Park and Porteau Cove are both popular dive sites, but underwater surveys indicate that these sites are also popular with lingcod and rockfish poachers. In Howe Sound, poaching for groundfish is an increasing problem, especially at shoreline sites. The Vancouver Aquarium, in partnership with the Pacific Salmon Foundation, has produced and erected multilingual anti-poaching signs at both sites.

Porteau Cove
No fishing

Your Critical Role

Help us prevent poaching. If you’re on the B.C. coast and see someone fishing next to a No Fishing sign, call the number on the sign (1-800-465-4336). Officials need to catch the poacher in the act, so call them immediately. If you can’t stay, take photos or videos of the poacher’s face, boat name and license number, and location.


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