The Department is continuing with management measures in 2014 designed to reduce fishery exploitation rates on Fraser River Spring 4-2 chinook stocks in commercial, recreational and First Nations fisheries. In 2014, Fraser River Spring 4-2 chinook are expected to return in low numbers due to low brood year escapements and continuing poor survival rates. Management measures for the recreational fishery in portions of Areas 19 and 20 are outlined below. March 1 to June 13, 2014 management actions: Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, March 1, 2014 until 23:59 hours Friday, June 13, 2014 in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5(those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point to Sheringham Point), the daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day which may be 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 areas is 45 cm in length. June 14 to July 18, 2014 management actions: Management actions are still under consideration and will be announced in a second fishery notice. For further details on the management measures to protect and conserve Fraser River Spring 4-2 chinook stocks of concern please refer to DFO's Southern BC Salmon Integrated Fishery Management Plan (IFMP). 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). Variation order 2014-96. FOR MORE INFORMAITON: contact Brad Beaith (250) 756-7190.
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