Winter Recreational Prawn & Shrimp Closure Notice – Effective Midnight Dec 31st

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN1320-RECREATIONAL – Shellfish: Prawn and Shrimp – Areas 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28 Closures and Area 23 “Pulse Fishing” Continued

Recreational prawn and shrimp by trap harvesters are advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close from 00:01 hours January 1 to 23:59 hours March 31, 2016, in the following Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations:

Subareas 13-12, 13-13, 13-15 (Quadra Island area)
Subareas 15-2, 15-3 (Powell River, Lund)
Subareas 16-1, 16-2, 16-5, 16-6, 16-8, 16-9, 16-10, 16-11, 16-16 to 16-18
(Malaspina Strait, lower Jervis Inlet, Sechelt Inlet)
Subarea 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel)
Subareas 17-12, 17-13, 17-15, 17-16, 17-18 (Nanaimo)
Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet)
Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-16 (Nootka Sound, Muchalaht Inlet, Tahsis Inlet)
Subareas 23-1, 23-3, 23-4 (Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound)
Subareas 28-1, 28-3, 28-4 (Howe Sound)

These 3-month winter closures are in place to allow the prawn spawning period to complete. These areas will re-open on April 1, 2016.

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap fishers are also advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will
continue “pulse fishing” in Subarea 23-2 (portion of Alberni Inlet).

Subareas 23-2 will be closed for the following periods:

From 00:01 hours December 1 until 23:59 hours December 15, 2015
From 00:01 hours January 1 until 23:59 hours January 15, 2016
From 00:01 hours February 1, until 23:59 hours February 15, 2016
From 00:01 hours March 1 until 23:59 hours March 15, 2016
Subarea 23-2 opens 00:01 hours March 16, 2016 until further notice.

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap fishers are reminded that Subareas, 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel), 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet) and 23-1 to 23-3 (Alberni Inlet) are “pulse fishing” through to December 31, 2015. Please see Fishery Notice FN0749.

Recreational prawn fishing in all other coastal areas remains open until
further notice.

Variation Order No. 2015-573. Variation Order No. 2015–569 is revoked.

These actions are in accordance with the Recreational Harvest Plan, Appendix 2 of the 2015-16 Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Integrated Fishery Management Plan.

Refer to the B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for further information on daily bag, possession and trap limits.

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html