Sockeye Bulletin #1

Somass Sockeye Stock Assessment Update

Pre-season forecast:

Somass (Great Central and Sproat) – 170,000

Henderson Lake sockeye outlook ~ 10,000 – 15,000

 

Escapement to June 6: ~ 7,477

Last year catch and escapement to June 9, 2016 was approximately 70,000.

Migration conditions remain good.

Test Fishery:  Seine vessel Nita Maria testing June 12th and 13th

First in-season re-forecast: June 29th

Catch Estimate: Zero (0)

Somass First Nations –  0

Maa-nulth First Nations – 0

Area D Gillnet – 0

Area B Seine – 0

Recreational – 0

 

JUNE FISHING PLANS:

All Fishing plans are subject to change depending on weekly meetings.

 

Due to the low sockeye forecast the First Nations, Recreational and, Commercial sectors have agreed to no sockeye fisheries.

 

If the runsize increases over 200 K there may be limited opportunities for all sectors.  The details for any openings will be determined at the weekly Harvest Committee meetings.

 

Recreational

 

At the June 8 Harvest committee meeting the following closure was recommended to further protect migrating sockeye.

 

A finfish closure from June 13th to August 1st in Subarea 23-1 to 23-3 which means the Alberni Inlet is now closed to fishing from the tidal signs above the rapids at Paper Mill Dam in the Somass River downstream and south including Alberni Inlet, to a line from the Chup Point Light to Mutine Point. (This does not include trap fishing for prawn and crab)  This is a temporary measure and may be removed at short notice if the sockeye forecast increases and allows retention.

 

Please Note: The outer portion of Area 23 from Subarea 23-4 to 23-11 remains open to all fishing (except sockeye).

 

For more information please contact the DFO office in Port Alberni at 250 720-4440