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Notice Posted: Thursday May 04, 2017


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0422-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Lower West Coast Vancouver Island - Areas 21 to 24, 121, and 123 and 124 - Coho Fishing times and limits


Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for coho is two (2) per day, 
hatchery marked only from June 1 to December 31, 2014. Management measures may 
change in season depending on the decision with 2014 Interior Fraser Coho 
exploitation rates. Any changes to coho regulations will be released in a 
subsequent fishery notice.


Area 21/22/121

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to salmon non-retention areas 
and/or fin-fish closed areas. Please check the DFO website referenced at the 
bottom of this notice for further information. 

Area 21/121

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours August 31, 2014, you may retain 
two (2) hatchery marked coho per day. 

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014 you may 
retain four (4) hatchery marked coho per day. 

Area 22 

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014 you may retain 
four (4) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).


Area 23/123

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to salmon non-retention areas 
and/or fin-fish closed areas. Please check the DFO website referenced at the 
bottom of this notice for further information. 

Area 23 shoreward of a line
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Subareas 23-1 to 23-6, 23-9, 23-10 and those portions of Subareas 23-7,23-8 and 
23-11 shoreward of a line from Amphitrite Point to the Chrow Island Light, then 
to the Benson Island Light, then to the Coaster Channel Light, then to the 
southwestern tip of Sanford Island, then to Aguilar Point.

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014 you may retain 
four (4) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). 

Area 123 and Area 23 seaward of a line
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In Area 123 and those portions of Subareas 23-7, 23-8, and 23-11 seaward of a 
line from Amphitrite Point to the Chrow Island Light, then to the Benson Island 
Light, then to the Coaster Channel Light, then to the southwestern tip of 
Sanford Island, then to Aguilar Point.

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours August 31, 2014 you may retain 
two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked only).

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014 you may 
retain four (4) coho per day (hatchery marked only).


Area 24/124 

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to salmon non-retention areas 
and/or fin-fish closed areas. Please check the DFO website referenced at the 
bottom of this notice for further information. 

The following waters are closed year round to coho retention:  Subareas 24-1 
(Hesquiat Harbour), 24-3, 24-4 (Millar Channel), 24-5, 24-7 (Bedwell Sound), 24-
12, 24-13, 24-14 and that portion of Subareas 24-2 northerly of a line from 
Starling Point true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet, that portion of 
Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary signs at the entrance to Warn Bay, 
and that portion of Subarea 24-11 southerly of a line between boundary signs on 
either side of Grice Bay approximately half way between the entrance and the 
head of the Bay.

Area 24 shoreward of a line
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Subareas 24-6, 24-8, a portion of 24-9 westerly of a line commencing at Ginnard 
Point on Meares Island to a point on the Vancouver Island shoreline on the 
opposite shore of Browning Passage at 49°07.48'N and 125°51.81'W and a portion 
of Subarea 24-10 seaward of a line from boundary signs on either side of the 
entrance to Warn Bay and a portion of Subarea 24-11 northerly of a line between 
boundary signs on Vancouver Island on either side of Grice Bay approximately 
half way between the entrance and the head of the Bay.

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours August 31, 2014 you may retain 
two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked) 

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014 you may 
retain four (4) coho per day of which only two (2) may be wild (unmarked).

Area 124 and Area 24 seaward of a line
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Area 124 and that portion of Subarea 24-2 seaward of a line from Starling Point 
true west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet at 49°
23.649'N and 126°15.734'W.

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours August 31, 2014, you may 
retain two (2) hatchery marked coho per day.

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014, you may 
retain four (4) hatchery marked coho per day.


Refer to the following website link for a description of the Area and Subarea 
maps and for information on salmon non-retention areas and fishing closures:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html


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 Salmon Sport Head Recovery 
program by labeling 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.

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 1-800-465-4336.

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

Variation Order No. 2014-256. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0422
Sent May 30, 2014 at 1231