Fish Processing or Drop-off Locations on North Island

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Pudsey, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. Pudsey

    Pudsey New Member

    Does anyone know of any facilities on the north Island between Campbell River and Port Hardy where you can deliver your catch for processing or freezing for later pickup? I am thinking of fishing in the lower Queen Charlotte Strait, Broughton Archipelago and Knight Inlet area and would like to be able to bring fish to some place on Vancouver Island for processing or just freezing for later pickup. I know that Port Hardy and Campbell River both have such facilities but is there anywhere in between? Preferably in the Port McNeill area.
  2. TipUp

    TipUp Active Member

    Not aware of any processing facilities in McNeill. Hardy Buoys Seafoods is probably the closest place in Port Hardy.
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  3. BearCove

    BearCove Crew Member

    Port Hardy has the only licence place to process your fish, Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish. They custom cut, vacuum seal and freeze your catch, you can leave it there as long as you like or you can have it shipped (extra cost)

    They do fantastic work, have been using them for over 10 years for all my guests, you will not be disappointed.

    Hardy is a quick 25-30 minute drive from McNeil

    Good luck
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  4. CRGreg

    CRGreg Member

    Remember that possession limits still apply to Fish that you have dropped off at a Processor. This does not re set your limit. The fish count as in your possession until they arrive at your place of residence. Also, when you pick up the processed fish, you will need receipts and documentation from the processor and again, cant be over your possession limit.

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  5. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    You mean you can't just dump your limit off and keep going all summer?
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  6. BearCove

    BearCove Crew Member

    When picking up fish from Hardy Buoys they will provide you with “travel papers” documenting all the fish you have with you.

    They are a first class facility and make it really quite easy, drop fish off, tell them how you want it cut, its vacuum sealed, frozen and packaged up for travel if needed

    Just let them know when you want to pick it up and they will have it out and ready for you.

    Been using them myself and for my clients for over 10 years, always great product and service.
  7. gungadin

    gungadin Well-Known Member

    And remember your ordinary residence as defined by the fisheries act is: "A residential dwelling where a person normally lives - a motor home at a campsite or a vessel at a marina is not considered to be an ordinary residence."
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  8. Pudsey

    Pudsey New Member

    How are possession limits applied if you have your catch processed into smoked chunks? How many "chunks" equal one fish?
  9. Rockfish

    Rockfish Well-Known Member

    I assume it works the same as hunting. If you take a cow moose shot under LEH to a butcher for processing while away on hunting trip it is irrelevant how many packages of burger or roasts you have returned to you but rather the documentation from the butcher that indicates that they processed and returned x lbs of meat to you, often flash frozen from a cow moose. They charge by the pound so you should have receipts for that. If you went through a CO check point on the way home and had noticeably more than that in processed meat or smoked salmon chunks for that matter, they would know you were pulling a fast one. The documentation I assume would also indicated how many salmon of which species the processor did up for you which you would need to include in your possession limit. For hunting the processors are required to keep records for inspection with things like what they processed for who and related information, hunting license number, tag number, LEH number etc. I assume there is something similar for salmon etc. You should have receipts for x lbs of smoked salmon chunks, canned, frozen, vacuum packed etc.
    If you raise suspicions in them, they will investigate it in detail and will be able to work out exactly what you have done.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2020
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  10. BearCove

    BearCove Crew Member

    With processing your fish at Hardy Buoys in Port Hardy you can have your fish cut into as many pieces/packs as you want.

    Hardy Buoys records the catch you bring them, how many salmon, cod, halibut, whatever you drop off. This fish can be cut and packaged into however many packs you want.

    When you leave Hardy Buoys they will give you your paperwork stating what you are transporting.


    4 Chinook
    6 cod
    3 Lings
    1 halibut

    Any enforcement you may come across will look at your paperwork and see it’s been processed by a certified facility and send you on your way.
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  11. sawbill

    sawbill Member

    They can also process your catch and send it home so you can keep fishing.
  12. cletus

    cletus Member

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  13. Samnjoe

    Samnjoe Active Member

    You mean like the locals do in their own freezers?
  14. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

    At least they are legal under the possession limits (permanent residence)
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  15. Aces

    Aces Well-Known Member

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  16. BearCove

    BearCove Crew Member

    Can only continue fishing once fish is at your place of residence. When in transit it is still considered to be in your possession.
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    BearCove Crew Member

  18. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    No the fish does not have to make it back to your residence only you do.
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  19. Samnjoe

    Samnjoe Active Member

    Fish has to get home not the fisherman.
    We do it all the time and confirmed it with the fish cops.
    How else could we come down to support the Island economy and still get enough fish for the freezer?
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  20. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    If your getting stuff canned or smoked it can take months

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