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.

News Update: ‘Access Initiative’ BCWF / TimberWest

Email received from BCWF regarding Island access

Hi All,

I’ve got an update on our ‘Access Initiative’ with TimberWest.

On June the 19th, Larry Wasden, Sabina Reska and I met with TimberWest staff.
TimberWest was represented by local manager Steve Lorimer, Ben Lee,VP,Legal & General Counsel ( who came over from Vancouver), and Lee-Ann Andersen, Senior Property Administrator. These are some pretty senior staff that have the real ability to move things forward.

We were able to sit with them, explain who we are and what we hoped to accomplish through our negotiations with them.  The meeting went well and the outlook is positive. We were asked where we’d like to see this project start and it was agreed that we should start on Southern Vancouver Island, possibly around Sooke. TimberWest is taking this recommendation forward to their most senior management and with the Victoria F & G Club on board we’re hopefully optimistic that we’ll hear back from them soon. They are aware that hunting season is rapidly approaching and that it would be in the best interest of all concerned to have an agreement in place before then.

We did pass along the request of the Courtenay F & G that access be liberalized on the Comox Main and the Oyster River Main. We also passed on the wishes of the  Parksville club that access be granted into the Lockwood area.  It looks to me that this will happen one area at a time and if that’s how TW wants to go about it then that’s fine with me.  Remember that given the extremely dry conditions this year, any access agreement may well be suspended until conditions allow safe backcountry access.

Unfortunately, nobody has control over mother nature.  Feel free to share this with your members.

David Parenteau
B.C. Wildlife Federation
Vancouver Island
Region Association

Vancouver Island Region Assn.