Fisheries Notice: FN0415-Bottom Contact Fishery Closures

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0415-Bottom Contact Fishery Closures (Commercial, Recreational and Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) Prawn, Shrimp, Crab & Groundfish) to Protect Glass Sponge Reefs – Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound – Reminder and Amendment to FN1036 .

This fishery notice amends FN1036 to correct the Subareas in Item 2 from 28-2 and 28-3 to “Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside the following lines”. The full corrected fishery notice is as follows:

Please be reminded that effective June 12, 2015 all commercial and recreational bottom contact fishing activities for prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) were prohibited within the areas listed below in order to protect the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reefs. These closures will be in effect until further notice. Beginning on April 1, 2016 these closures also went into effect for all First Nation Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) fisheries that use bottom contact fishing activities for prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish.  In 2014, the Department requested that fishers using bottom-contact fishing gear (prawn trap, crab trap, shrimp trawl, groundfish trawl and hook-and-line) voluntarily avoid nine areas containing glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound while the Department consulted on formal protection measures for the glass sponge reefs.  Consultations with First Nations, commercial, recreational fishers and conservation organizations on protection measures to protect these glass sponge reefs from direct impacts from bottom-contact fishing included formal written correspondence, workshops and bilateral meetings. After reviewing input from the consultation process, the Department decided to proceed with formal fishery closures and adhere to a protection zone of 150 meters around all reefs.  These closures will remain in effect until further notice.

1.      Howe Sound – Defence Island Closure That portion of Subarea 28-4 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 34.102N     123 17.070Wthen southerly to      49 33.730N     123 16.562Wthen to 49 33.553N     123 16.462Wthen to 49 33.438N     123 16.750Wthen to        49 33.707N     123 17.201Wthen to 49 33.993N     123 17.391Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Defence Islands]

2.      Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside the following lines:] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 1begins at      49 21.486N     123 17.254Wthen southerly to      49 20.528N     123 17.690Wthen to 49 20.401N     123 17.956Wthen to 49 20.765N     123 18.794Wthen to 49 20.982N     123 18.584Wthen to 49 21.098N     123 18.037Wthen to 49 21.501N     123 17.737Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 1] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 2begins at      49 20.288N     123 17.693Wthen southeasterly to  49 20.225N     123 17.501Wthen to 49 19.993N     123 17.377Wthen to 49 19.802N     123 17.444Wthen to 49 19.720N     123 17.840Wthen to 49 19.937N     123 18.107Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 2] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 3begins at      49 19.296N     123 19.905Wthen southerly to      49 19.918N     123 19.847Wthen to 49 19.307N     123 20.344Wthen to 49 19.643N     123 20.421Wthen to 49 19.819N     123 20.361Wthen to 49 19.947N     123 20.097Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 3] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 4begins at      49 20.637N     123 19.162Wthen easterly to       49 20.577N     123 18.720Wthen to 49 20.441N     123 18.637Wthen to 49 20.068N     123 18.818Wthen to 49 20.076N     123 19.135Wthen to 49 19.718N     123 19.188Wthen to 49 19.726N     123 19.514Wthen to 49 20.259N     123 19.828Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 4]

3.      Foreslope Hills ClosureThat portion of Subarea 29-3 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 09.634N     123 23.048Wthen southeasterly to  49 09.389N     123 22.622Wthen to 49 09.187N     123 22.587Wthen to 49 09.211N     123 23.567Wthen to 49 09.646N     123 23.543Wthen to the beginning point. [Foreslope Hills]

4.      Outer Gulf Islands ClosureThose portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside the following lines: Outer Gulf Islands 1begins at      48 54.936N     123 19.589Wthen southerly to      48 54.283N     123 18.529Wthen to 48 54.114N     123 18.619Wthen to 48 54.065N     123 18.771Wthen to 48 54.787N     123 19.929Wthen to 48 54.902N     123 19.793Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 1]  Outer Gulf Islands 2begins at      48 52.588N     123 15.261Wthen easterly to       48 52.520N     123 14.537Wthen to 48 51.971N     123 13.768Wthen to 48 51.795N     123 13.947Wthen to 48 52.150N     123 14.444Wthen to 48 52.038N     123 14.678Wthen to 48 52.479N     123 15.521Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 2]  Outer Gulf Islands

3. begins at      48 51.602N     123 13.233Wthen southerly to      48 51.309N     123 12.751Wthen to 48 50.913N     123 12.938Wthen to 48 50.844N     123 13.059Wthen to 48 51.163N     123 13.662Wthen to 48 51.579N     123 13.378Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 3]  Outer Gulf Islands 4begins at      48 50.999N     123 12.391Wthen southerly to      48 50.608N     123 11.603Wthen to 48 50.097N     123 10.956Wthen to 48 49.959N     123 11.182Wthen to 48 50.857N     123 12.654Wthen to 48 50.959N     123 12.566Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 4]

5.      Gabriola Island ClosureThat portion of Subarea 17-11 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 13.672N     123 47.577Wthen southerly to      49 13.235N     123 47.429Wthen to 49 13.185N     123 47.882Wthen to 49 13.391N     123 48.119Wthen to 49 13.623N     123 48.166Wthen to the beginning point. [Gabriola Island]

6.      Parksville ClosureThose portions of Subareas 14-2 and 14-3 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 21.680N     124 19.762Wthen southeasterly to  49 21.514N     124 18.893Wthen to 49 21.191N     124 17.723Wthen to 49 21.064N     124 17.724Wthen to        49 20.725N     124 18.380Wthen to        49 21.432N     124 19.811Wthen to the beginning point. [Parksville]

7.      East of Hornby Islands ClosureThat portion of Subarea 14-6 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 33.490N     124 29.230Wthen southerly to      49 32.701N     124 28.760Wthen to 49 31.657N     124 29.434Wthen to        49 31.663N     124 29.896Wthen to 49 32.651N     124 29.752Wthen to 49 33.340N     124 29.935Wthen to 49 33.498N     124 29.773Wthen to the beginning point. [East of Hornby Islands]

8.      Sechelt ClosureThat portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 25.948N     123 48.889Wthen easterly to       49 25.899N     123 47.266Wthen to 49 25.373N     123 46.494Wthen to 49 24.734N     123 47.083Wthen to 49 24.910N     123 47.951Wthen to 49 24.253N     123 48.283Wthen to 49 24.845N     123 49.914Wthen to the beginning point. [Sechelt]

9.      Halibut Bank ClosureThat portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 21.768N     123 41.501Wthen southerly to      49 21.174N     123 40.045Wthen to 49 20.961N     123 40.139Wthen to 49 20.803N     123 39.860Wthen to 49 20.565N     123 40.182Wthen to 49 21.610N     123 41.843Wthen to 49 21.673N     123 42.643Wthen to 49 21.895N     123 43.908Wthen to 49 22.174N     123 44.748Wthen to 49 22.555N     123 44.456Wthen to 49 22.188N     123 42.167Wthen to the beginning point.

[Halibut Bank]  Variation Order No 2015-293   FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/protection/sponge_reef-recif_eponge-eng.html  OR CONTACT Aleria Ladwig, Ecosystems Approach Officer at Aleria.Ladwig@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or 604-363-1325    Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0415Sent May 17, 2016 at 14:01Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca If you would like to unsubscribe, please submit your request at: http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=manage_subscription If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail to: OpsCentre@dfo-mpo.gc.ca