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

2017 Preliminary Salmon Forecast

A message from Dave Parenteau

Hi All,
     This is the Preliminary Salmon Forecast for 2017. There’s 17 pages of reading if you’re interested.
     The only thing that I’ll point out is on Pg 3 of 27, under Somass Sockeye “expectations for 2017 Somass Sockeye return are very low. Opportuntities for directed harvest are unlikely”.
      The first sockeye re forecast is usually in late June/early July.
      I’ll keep you posted.
                                     Dave

French Creek Fishing Derby August 19th – the 21st

The annual French Creek fishing derby is fast approaching and the proceeds from the event go towards the Marion Baker Fish Hatchery in French Creek. Last year’s derby generated a $5,700 donation to the hatchery.

The derby starts on Friday 19th August and finishes around noon on Sunday 21st August with presentations outside the French Creek pub in the afternoon.

Why not come down and wet your line?

Tickets are $10 per rod, and it’s not necessary to fish to get in on the action and the fundraiser for Marion Baker Hatchery and there are lots of prizes available.

Tickets are available now at the French Creek Harbour Store and at French Creek Marine Pub.

For more info, call Russ Mosher at 250-248-3713, ext. 1.

Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and effort in organizing and to all of you who support this wonderful event !

Salmon

Fisheries Notice

FN0110-Recreational – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 19 and 20: Fishery Management Actions Effective March 1, 2016.

– Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject:

FN0110-Recreational – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 19 and 20: Fishery Management Actions Effective March 1, 2016 Effective dates: 00:01 hours Tuesday, March 1 to 23:59 hours Friday, June 17, 2016 Waters:  Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.).

Management measure:  You may retain two (2) chinook salmon per day.  These chinook may be either- Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or- Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.  – The minimum size limit in these waters is 45 cm in length.  Management actions after June 17 will be announced in a second fishery notice.  Variation order 2016-082  Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.   Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye.  These fish are hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye. The term “hatchery marked” means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary 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 at (866) 483-9994 for further information. Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all fin fishing.

Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish 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 nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca   Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0110Sent February 25, 2016 at 09:27Visit 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

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