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Cancellation – Sporting Clays July 22

IMPORTANT NOTICE – 

PQF&G will be cancelling their sporting clays on this Saturday, July 22.  The woods are too dry and dangerous – we can’t risk a fire.

Apologies to everybody.  Hopefully in August we will have some rotten weather.

Thanks,  Dorman Range

FN0608-Recreational – Salmon: Sockeye – A portion of Subarea 23-1 and 23-2 to 23-11 – Opening July 1, 2017

The finfish closure in part of Alberni Inlet (portions of Subarea 23-1 and 
Subarea 23-2 and 23-3) implemented on June 14, 2017 as outlined in FN0536 has 
been lifted.  

Effective 00:01 hours Saturday July 1, 2017 until further notice the daily 
limit for sockeye salmon will be two (2) sockeye per day in Area 23, Barkley 
Sound and Alberni Inlet except for:

The tidal portion of the Somass River (which will remain closed) described as 
that portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on 
the Somass River downstream to a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper 
Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19 north latitude and 124°50.23 west 
longitude thence through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the 
flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River, then due east to a 
boundary sign on the opposite shore.

Variation Order # 2017-339 and 2017-340.

On June 29, 2017 Department staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to 
discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass Sockeye. The attendees at this 
meeting were representatives from the Tseshaht, Hupacasath and Maa-nulth First 
Nations and stakeholders from the commercial gillnet and seine fishery, and the 
Alberni Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee.
  
The pre-season forecast for Somass sockeye was 172,000. A run reforecast was 
not provided today due to a high level of uncertainty around run timing and an 
unexpectedly low proportion of age 4 fish that usually provide a significant 
contribution to the later part of the run.  As a result, fisheries are being 
planned conservatively based on a total estimated run to date of 210,000 and a 
16% harvest rate. At the meeting the Area 23 Harvest Committee recommended 
opening the tidal recreational sockeye fishery with the exception of the tidal 
portion of the Somass River. The Area 23 Harvest Committee has agreed to 
revisit the finfish closure in the Somass River at next week's committee 
meeting.

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 a reforecast 
will be made weekly every Thursday for the duration of the season. This may 
lead to further recreational sockeye opportunities if conditions warrant.

Fishers are reminded that the Uchuklesit Inlet finfish closure as described in 
FN578 is in effect. 


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 & Oceans Operations Center – FN0608
Sent June 30, 2017 at 1717

DFO Fisheries Notice – FN0604-Commercial Salmon: Gill Net – Area D – Area 23 – Alberni Inlet Sockeye – Opening July 4, 2017

The Area 23 gill net fishery opens for 6 hours from 12:00 hours to 18:00 hours 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in the following areas:

A portion of Subarea 23-1 south of a line drawn from the light at Polly Point 
to Stamp Point on the opposite shore; and Subarea 23-2.

Minimum mesh 100 mm, maximum depth 90 meshes, maximum hang ratio 3:1, and 
corkline to web distance minimum 0 cm, maximum 2 m. Incidental catch of chinook 
may be retained. Coho and steelhead may not be retained.  Six strand Alaska-
twist web, conventional multi-strand web or a combination of the two may be 
used.  

Variation Order No. 17-Sal-23-GN-01


On June 29, 2017 Department staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to 
discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass sockeye. The attendees at this 
meeting were representatives from the Tseshaht, Hupacasath and Maa-nulth First 
Nations and stakeholders from the commercial gill net and seine fishery, and 
the Alberni Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee.
  
The pre-season forecast for Somass sockeye was 172,000.  A run reforecast was 
not provided today due to a high level of uncertainty around run timing and an 
unexpectedly low proportion of age 4 fish that usually provide a significant 
contribution to the later part of the run.  As a result, fisheries are being 
planned conservatively based on a total estimated run to date of 210,000 and a 
16% harvest rate.   

The weekly TAC for this opening is 3,800 pieces and extensions are possible, 
depending on catch rates and fleet size.  

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 a reforecast 
will be made weekly every Thursday for the duration of the season.  This may 
lead to further commercial sockeye opportunities if conditions warrant.

A run-size update will be provided at the next Area 23 Harvest Committee 
meeting on July 6. Test-set information will be available on the internet at: 
http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-
mpo.gc.ca/xnet/content/salmon/testfish/sockeye/Area23_seine.htm

Please note the following Area 23 specific licence condition change from 2016 
that is being continued for 2017: In order to avoid collisions with gill nets 
by transiting vessels, four (4) additional buoys (floats) that are white or 
yellow in colour and at least 60 cm in circumference must be attached to the 
gill net equidistantly between the buoy(s) marking either end of the gill net. 
Please refer to your 2017/2018 Conditions of Licence for complete requirements. 

Fishery Notice 0558 outlines activity and catch reporting changes for Area D 
licences conditions in 2017-18. 

Please note that all salmon gill net fisheries have requirements for recording 
and reporting. See FN0558 and FN0580 outlining these changes for Area D 
fishers. Refer to your 2016/2017 Area D conditions of licence for complete 
changes.

Please note changes to transporting of salmon.  Please see FN0157 and Part III 
of your conditions of licence for additional details.  Instructions for the 
Salmon Transfer Log, and the Salmon Transfer Log may be found on our web page 
in section 'Additional Licensing Services Forms' at:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/licence-permis/licence-commercial-eng.html.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is monitoring seabird by-catch to 
determine potential impact on bird populations under current fishing effort and 
bird numbers. Fishers are requested to submit all dead birds entangled in nets 
to ECCC for species confirmation and DNA analysis to determine the colony of 
origin.

Please call your local charter patrol to organize pick-up, drop carcasses off 
at a local DFO office, or contact ECCC directly by calling the Wild Bird 
Mortality Reporting Line 1-866-431-2473 (BIRD). Handle birds with gloves, 
double bag dead birds. Label bag with date, time, location, fishery opening and 
vessel name (Skipper name isn't needed). Alternatively, please send photographs 
of birds with a reference object such as a coin, and the date, time, location, 
fishery opening and vessel name to laurie.wilson@canada.ca. Questions: contact 
Laurie Wilson (laurie.wilson@canada.ca, 604-862-8817).

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is interested in reports of sea turtles in BC 
waters.  By documenting sightings we are able to learn more about how, when, 
and where these turtles are using our waters.  If you see a sea turtle, please 
call this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663).  Please 
include information such as the type of sea turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the 
location, and time of sighting. 
          
Fishers should be advised that whales can be encountered in the fishing area. 
Fishers should take precautionary measures to avoid fishing near whales to 
avoid potential contact with fishing gear. If a whale becomes entangled in 
fishing gear, fishers should immediately call the Observe, Record, Report (ORR) 
line at 1-800-465-4336. Fishers are advised not to attempt to free the whale of 
the fishing gear as this can pose a serious threat to the safety of the fisher 
and the animal. 

Fishers are advised to notify local DFO managers or patrol vessels to report 
abandoned, lost, or entangled gear. A local diver has volunteered to remove the 
nets at no charge.

The 24 hour toll-free phone-in line for fishery notices is 1-866-431-3474.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Peter Hall - 250-720-4440

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center – FN0604
Sent June 30, 2017 at 1119

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

 

Fishing Forever – Submitted by John D

PARKSVILLE-QUALICUM FISH & GAME FISHING FOREVER

          Under a beautiful, blue, cloudless sky this year’s event heralded the ninth year at the Coombs Campground Pond stocked with 50 lovely Rainbow trout raised at the Vancouver Island University rearing station.

Seventy eight residents of the local Care Homes and their Care Givers enjoyed the picnic-like atmosphere whether they fished or not.  The Derby began just after 10 a.m. and it looked like the fish weren’t interested in the juicy worms offered them.  But soon after they decided to cooperate and began their tug-of-war with the fishers.  Although the numbers nabbed fell far short of last year’s numbers the ones landed were of appreciable size weighing anywhere from a pound to a pound and a half.  Nonetheless, judging from the enthusiastic response from some of  the Care Givers it was evident that this event is a worthwhile community affair and hopefully will prevail for many years.

Quality Foods, as usual, provided the bagged lunches.  Spunky’s Motorcycle Shop was generous in letting us use their new tents that didn’t require a Longshoremen’s Crew to erect the tents as we did with the former cumbersome Pavilion.  Coombs Old Time Fiddlers entertained with their toe-tapping music.  The many volunteers who make this event possible have to be given a big thank you, as well as the Care Givers who are constantly assisting their charges as needed.

One huge difference compared to past years is that we beat the annual Cottonwood “snow fall” that fouls the fishing lines but still had a bit of a nuisance with a slimy growth that isn’t quite as bad as cottonwood fluff.

We also initiated a Brian Borrett Memorial Trophy for the Care Home gang who caught the most fish.  Brian was the sole Coordinator of this important event for about 10 years before his passing last year.  Trillium Lodge won the trophy and one would think they won the lotto as they shouted their joy.  They will enjoy it for one year, but also received a keeper trophy that will remain in their possession in perpetuity.

A Parksville Qualicum News reporter/photographer was clearly enthralled with the proceedings as she spent a lot of time interviewing and photographing some of the participants.

It was a time to meet and enjoy some of the old timers that came out for the day to renew long time friendships over a coffee.

 

Submitted by John Domovich – May 2017

 

 

FN0380-RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) – Rockfish and Yelloweye Rockfish – Management Measures Currently in Effect Until Further Notice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0380-RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) – Rockfish and Yelloweye Rockfish – Management Measures Currently in Effect Until Further Notice

The following management measures are required to reduce fishing impacts on

Yelloweye rockfish.

Further measures are currently being considered and will be announced in-season.

North coast Waters (Areas 1 to 10 and 101 to 110, 130 and 142)

————————————————————–

Effective April 1, 2017 until further notice the daily limit for rockfish is

five (5) per day in the aggregate of which only two (2) may be Yelloweye

rockfish.

South Coast waters (Areas 11, 20-1 to 20-4, 21 to 27, 111, 121 and 123 to 127)

————————————————————–

Effective April 1, 2017 until further notice the daily limit for rockfish is

three (3) per day in the aggregate of which only one (1) may be Yelloweye

Rockfish.

Variation Order 2017-176

Note: Special limits apply for groundfish in Pacific Rim National Park.

The exceptions to these openings are:

 

Area 121:

No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121

outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees

34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at

a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125

degrees 01.687 minutes W.

 

Area 121:

Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a

line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to

48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48

degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the

International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes

N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement.

Note: Rockfish Conservations Areas (RCA’s) remain in effect – refer to the

following website for descriptions:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint/rca-acs-eng.htm.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact: Brad Beaith 250-756-7190 or John Webb 250-627-3409

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0380

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What makes it different? – Archery Report – Bob O’Brien

What makes it different?

The BC Indoors was in Armstrong on Easter weekend, 133 archers.  I
am always intrigued at how different I feel shooting an event compared to
the regular shooting we do at the range.  The distance is the same,
targets, scoring, timing, all the same, the lighting is much better (see
photo of target lights) and it was even warm, and same as at the range,once you let go there is no getting it back…good or bad.

If you are interested in trying out shooting at events please let me know and I will pass on the information I have on what is coming up this summer (BC Outdoors will be hosted in Duncan on the Labour Day weekend).

Miranda Mail also shot in Armstrong.  She did very well , winning, setting a BC Indoor record, and most impressively shooting well enough to qualify for a FITA Target Award (Federation of International Target Archers). – Congratulations to Miranda for a great shoot.

May is the last month of indoor shooting, we will open again in
September.  There is outdoor shooting available at both the Henry and
Dorman ranges.
I would like to hear from the members of what they thought went well and what we could improve for the next season.  Please send me your comments directly to bobob@telus.net and we will see what we can accomplish next.

Shoot Strong
Bob O’Brien

 

FN0443-RECREATIONAL – Rockfish and Lingcod – Coast-wide – Areas 1 to 29, 101 to 111, 121, 123 to 127, 130 and 142 – Daily Limits and Close Times

RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0443-RECREATIONAL - Rockfish and Lingcod - Coast-wide - Areas 1 to 29, 101 to 111, 121, 123 to 127, 130 and 142 - Daily Limits and Close Times 

Effective May 19, 2017 to March 31, 2018, the following recreational daily 
limits and close times apply to Rockfish and Lingcod in North and South Coast 
waters. 

North Coast – Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142
Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined - three (3); yelloweye rockfish - 
one (1); lingcod - two (2)
Close time: November 16 to March 31 (open April 1 to November 15)

South Coast (outside waters) – Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-
14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 except for that portion outside the 12 
nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48o34.00’ north latitude 
and 125o17.386’ west longitude and continues southeasterly at a bearing of 116o 
True to a point at 48o28.327’ north latitude and 125o01.687’ west longitude.
Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined - two (2); yelloweye rockfish - 
one (1); lingcod - two (2)
Close time: November 16 to March 31 (open April 1 to November 15)

South Coast (inside waters) – Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 
to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5
Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined - one (1); yelloweye rockfish - 
one (1); lingcod - one (1)
Close time: October 1 to April 30 (open May 1 to September 30)

Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17
Closed April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018

Variation Orders 2017-272 and 2017-275


Notes:

Please review the BC Sport Fishing Guide online at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html, for any other 
restrictions that apply to the Area that you are fishing in, such as finfish 
closures, size limits, annual limits, and permitted gear.

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 1-800-465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-866-431-FISH (3474).


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

CONTACT INFO
Brad Beaith
South Coast Recreational Fisheries
250 756-7190
Brad.Beaith@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

John Webb
North Coast Recreational Fisheries
250 627-3409
John.Webb@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


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Dorman Range – April/May 2017

Welcome to Spring.  We are still waiting for some extended periods of sunshine.  I guess the flowers and trees appreciate the frequent rainfalls but at least we haven’t had any snow for a while now, and the temperature has warmed up.

This report is a little lengthy as it goes back to the March 25 Sporting Clays.  That event was dedicated to the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society.  We had a record (or near record) turnout for the shoot, with 102 shooters.  The lunch for this event was prepared by the ladies of the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society.  They had also prepared the lunch for the February Sporting Clays.  Thanks very much, ladies; the lunches were delicious.

We were able to donate $2,865 to their program.

As in all our Sporting Clays shoots, the shooters are placed in various classes; Class A for the good shooters, right through to Class E for the novice shooters.  For the March 25 Sporting Clays, the high Class A shooters were Brian Royan with an 89, James Wicks with an 87, Jared Earthy with an 86, Ron Stubbings with an 81 and Tom Dawes with an 80.  For Class B, the high shooters were Bill McNeilly with an 84, Dane Hryhoryshen and Jack Morgan with 81’s, and Darren Perrens (our caretaker) with an 80.  All together there were 11 people in the 80’s and 12 people in the 70’s.  The average score was 59.

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