FN0359-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Sockeye – Area 23 Closure

RECREATIONAL – Salmon

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0359-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Sockeye – Area 23 – Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the Somass River – Closure  Effective until further notice, the daily quota for sockeye salmon in Area 23, Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the Somass River, will remain zero (0).

The pre-season forecast for Somass Sockeye is 172,000.  At this run size, there is no available recreational catch.  At a meeting on April 6, 2017 the Area 23 Harvest Committee recommended a closure to sockeye fishing for all sectors consistent with the Area 23 fishery plan.  While recreational sockeye opportunities in Area 23 are unlikely through the end of June, potential opportunities may be possible if the run size is upgraded. The Somass sockeye in-season stock assessment program will be in place in 2017.

This program collects escapement, test fishing, catch and environmental information on a weekly basis.  This information is collected and the first in-season reforecast will be made June 29.  This process will continue weekly through the sockeye season and, may lead to recreational sockeye opportunities if conditions warrant. Variation Order # 2017-187  Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of British Columbia.   The term “marked” means a hatchery fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and coho salmon.  Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment.

Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information. Anglers are advised to check http://bcsportfishguide.ca for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm or by using Google search key words “Recfish Licence”.

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at 250-720-4440 or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca   Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0359Sent April 11, 2017 at 16:01Visit 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