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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions: contact Laurie Wilson (email@example.com, 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
Received today (Thursday June 29th 2017) from DFO. – Resource Restoration Partner Letter
|Somass Sockeye Stock Assessment Update
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Variation Order 2017-176
Note: Special limits apply for groundfish in Pacific Rim National Park.
The exceptions to these openings are:
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.
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:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0380
Sent April 19, 2017 at 14:03
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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/
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Fishing Forever began in 1989 after a broadcast journalist, Walt Liimatainnen was diagnosed with a debilitating disease. He wanted to continue enjoying the great outdoors as he had for many years and wanted others to have the same opportunity.
Other clubs had preceded Fishing Forever by having events for the blind.
Over 20 years ago Pete Roberts, a long time member and possibly our elder statesman of the club, was the coordinator and the event took place at the French Creek Marina. The club enlisted sports fishers who donated their craft and time to take the handicapped, (including the blind) for a day’s fishing in the waters off French Creek. At the time there were many large salmon caught. One resident of Trillium Lodge, Winni LaMarsh who was 93 years old at the time, hauled in two large salmon.
As time went on it became increasingly expensive for the boat owners and it was becoming difficult to load some wheelchair bound participants and it was decided to change the venue to a local lake. This is where our former coordinator, Brian Borrett, came into the picture and held the first event at Spider Lake. The lake wasn’t very friendly to those lining the shore and casting for either trout or bass. Dan Siminiuk was able to land a few small bass but others were unsuccessful. Brian then moved the event to the Coombs Campground which had a large fishing pond for camping guests. He was able to arrange the event at the campground by having the pond stocked with trout raised at the Vancouver Island University facilities.
The event continued to be a great success and the club received accolades from the care givers and their charges every year. In fact we were told that it is one of the high lights of the year for the residents.
After the 2015 Fishing Forever took place Brian suffered a stroke and subsequently became a resident of a Care Home in Victoria. Unfortunately, he passed away last year.
Not wanting to see this important event end, Len Fong approached a number of members who were willing to take on the derby.
You may wonder why it took three coordinators to replace Brian but Brian told us he began preparations for the event in January! We soon found out why he began so early because it entails quite a bit of arranging and the logistics to make the event a success takes time.
We hope to see our perennial volunteers attend the Care Home Fishing Derby on Friday, May 26th and we are praying for a nice, sunny day.
Interesting article –
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Mystery Solved – This Farm Salmon Disease Is In BC
February 25, 2017
Today, a team of scientists from the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, funded by Genome BC, published a scientific paper that put to rest the debate whether the salmon disease, heart and skeletal muscle inflammation, HSMI is occurring in BC farm salmon.
Could the piscine reovirus be harmful in one ocean, and harmless in another as was commonly believed? The answer is no.
This team of scientists need our voice if they are going to keep working for us. The fish farmers are not going to be pleased with this finding because 80% of their fish are infected with this virus and we were told it was harmless. Please see the bottom of this page on how to help.