Fishing Vessel Advisory Notice

Fishing vessel advisory notice commercial ships and fishing vessels using the inside passage waters of British Columbia during the commercial fishing season.

  1. Fishing vessels when in transit (not fishing) are advised to monitor the Vessel Traffic Services Channel for the VTS Sector they are in:
    • Georgia Strait
    • Southern Inside Waters - Victoria Traffic - VHF Channel 11
    • Merry Island/Bellenas Island North - Comox Traffic - VHF Channel 71
    • Discovery Passage/Johnstone Straits - Comox Traffic - VHF Channel 71
    • Hecate Straits/Inside Passage - Prince Rupert Traffic - VHF Channel 11
    • Dixon Enterance - Prince Rupert Traffic - VHF Channel 71
    • West Coast Vancouver Island - Tofino Traffic - VHF Channel 74
  2. All Commercial vessels transiting an open fishing ground are advised to monitor VHF Channel 78A (156.925 MHz) in addition to the Vessel Traffic Services Channel for the VTS Sector they are in. Vessels while in transit through the grounds should Broadcast their intended track at frequent intervals (every 1/2 hour) on VHF Channel 78A, and more frequently under reduced visibility conditions.
  3. Where possible and taking into consideration regulatory requirements, Commercial Vessels in transit through a fishing ground are advised to set a course through the center of the navigable channel.
  4. When circumstances allow and taking into consideration regulatory requirements, Fishing Vessels engaged in a fishery are advised to leave the center of any channel clear for the unobstructed passage of other vessels.
  5. Fishing vessels and other vessels when underway are required by regulation to travel with high intensity deck lights extinguished. Vessels in contravention are subject to severe penalties.
  6. All vessels including vessels engaged in a commercial fishery are advised that it is imperative that correct lights and shapes are exhibited in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 as amended.
  7. Gill Net fishing vessels should remain on the end of their net to enable transiting vessels, when known to be in transit in an active fisheries area, to identify where the fishing vessel is in relation to her net. In addition, at night, it is recommended that the Gill Net fishing vessel indicate the lie of her net to transiting vessels by directing the beam of her searchlight in the direction of the danger.
  8. All vessels when transiting or crossing a Traffic Separation Scheme (Lanes) are required to observe Rule 10 of the International Regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (Canadian modifications) as amended. Refer to Part 3 of the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation for information on Zones, Sectors and VHF frequencies.