Search and rescue officials have called off a search for a man who went missing after going to check on his crab traps on the waters of Boundary Bay near Delta, B.C.

Cory Fergus, 43, reportedly set off in some sort of small boat from the Crescent Beach Marina around dinner time Monday.

Searchers say they have now found an empty canoe that may have belonged to him, although so far there's no sign of Fergus himself.

The search began around 7:15 p.m. PT Tuesday after Fergus was reported overdue by a friend.

His friend raised the alarm the following day, after noticing he had not returned.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said searchers combed the shore for any sign of Fergus and a hovercraft and Cormorant helicopter also searched the area.