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Notice Posted: Thursday May 04, 2017


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0622-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Northwest Coast Vancouver Island - Areas 25 to 27, Areas 125 to 127 - WCVI Chinook Conservation Measures


Chinook conservation measures are implemented annually on the northwest coast 
of Vancouver Island in DFO Statistical Areas 25, 26, and 27 effective July 15, 
2014.  

The following is a description of those conservation measures, which includes 
size limit restrictions, salmon non-retention area closures and fin-fishing 
area closures for each statistical area.  Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCA's) 
are also in effect in many of these areas and fishers are responsible for 
knowing the restrictions in place in the area they are fishing. Please refer to 
the accompanying text for detailed descriptions of chinook restrictions and 
closures for each area. 

This Notice provides information for Area 25 (Nootka) to Area 27 (Quatsino) and 
associated offshore waters. Coloured maps area available online for all areas 
described below.

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

Unless otherwise indicated below the daily limit for chinook salmon is two per 
day with a minimum size of 45 centimetres.


AREAS 25 AND 125: 

AREA 25 SALMON NON-RETENTIONS AREAS

Effective July 15 until October 15, 2014 there is non-retention (0) of all 
salmon in the following waters:

- Subarea 25-1;

- Subarea 25-2.


AREA 25 FIN FISHING CLOSURES

Effective July 15 to October 15, 2014 the following waters will be closed to 
fishing for all finfish:

- Subarea 25-3;

- that portion of Subarea 25-4, southeast of a line beginning at a boundary 
sign on Bligh Island near  49 degrees 39.732N and 126 degrees 28.815W then 
drawn northeasterly across the channel to a boundary sign on the opposite shore 
near 49 degrees 40.181N and 126 degrees 28.166W;

- that portion of 25-4 inside Hisnit Inlet northwesterly of a line beginning at 
49 degrees 43.903N and 126 degrees 29.639W then drawn southwesterly across the 
inlet to a point located at  49 degrees 43.680N and 126 degrees 30.322W.  
Boundary signs near these locations may be erected;

- that portion of 25-5 inside Nesook Bay easterly of a line beginning at 49 
degrees 46.205N and 126 degrees 24.997W then drawn southerly across the bay to 
a point located at  49 degrees 45.594N and 126 degrees 25.018W. Boundary signs 
near these locations may be erected;

- that portion of Subarea 25-5 inside a line drawn between square white fishing 
boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay;

- that portion of subarea 25-8 north of a line beginning at the northeastern  
tip of Strange Island at 49 degrees 43.314N and 126 degrees 37.486W then drawn 
easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.315N and 126 
degrees 36.817W;

- that portion of 25-9 northwest of a line drawn from a flashing green light 
located on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 54.424N and 126 degrees 48.088W to a 
boundary sign  located on the opposite shore of Zeballos Inlet at 49 degrees 
54.819N and 126 degrees 47.171W;

- Subarea 25-10, Zeballos Inlet;

- Subarea 25-11, Espinosa Inlet;
 
- Subarea 25-12, Port Eliza;

- Subarea 25-14, Nutchatlitz Inlet;

- that portion of Subarea 25-15, northeasterly of a line beginning at a 
boundary sign located on Bligh Island at 49 degrees 38.623N and 126 degrees 
29.926W then drawn southeasterly across the channel to a boundary sign on the 
opposite shore near 49 degrees 38.331N and 126 degrees 28.854W;

- Subarea 25-16, Tahsis Inlet.


Effective July 15 through October 15, 2014 the daily limit is two (2) chinook, 
with a maximum size limit of 77cm. in the following waters:

- a portion of Subarea 25-6 south of a line commencing at a point on the Nootka 
Island shoreline located north of Friendly Cove, at 49 degrees 35.946N and 126 
degrees 36.848W to Discovery Point on the opposite shore of Nootka Sound to a 
line 1 nautical mile seaward of the surfline;
 
- Subarea 25-7;

- those waters of Area 125 that lie shoreward of a line drawn approximately one 
(1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline.
     	 

Effective July 15 through October 15, 2014 the daily limit is two (2) chinook, 
only one (1) of which may be greater than 77 cm in the following waters:

- that portion of Subarea 25-4 west of a line commencing at Hoiss Point to San 
Carlos Point on Bligh Island;

- a portion of Subarea 25-6 north of a line commencing at a point on the Nootka 
Island shoreline located north of Friendly Cove, at 49 degrees 35.946N and 126 
degrees 36.848W to Discovery Point on the opposite shore of Nootka Sound;

- that portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, south of a line from the northern 
most tip of Strange Island due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of 
Tahsis Inlet;

- that portion of 25-9 southeast of a line drawn from a flashing green light 
located on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 54.424N and 126 degrees 48.088W to a 
boundary sign  located on the opposite shore of Zeballos Inlet at 49 degrees 
54.819N and 126 degrees 47.171W ending at the subarea boundary located at 
Mozino Point;

- Subarea 25-13.


AREAS 26 AND 126:  

AREA 26 SALMON NON-RETENTIONS AREAS

Effective July 15 until October 15, 2014 there is non-retention (0) of all 
salmon in the following waters:

- Subareas 26-2 to 26-5;

- that portion of subarea 26-6 shoreward of a line beginning at the most 
westerly point of Union Island the drawn northwesterly across the channel to a 
boundary sign on the opposite shore near 50 degrees 01.201N and 127 degrees 
20.642W;

- that portion of subarea 26-8 shoreward of a line from boundary signs on the 
opposite sides of the entrance to Malksope Inlet;

- Subarea 26-9, Ououkinish Inlet.


Effective July 15 to October 15, 2014 the daily limit is two (2) chinook with a 
maximum size limit of 77 cm in the following waters: 

- Subarea 26-1;

- That portion of subarea 26-6 seaward of a line from the most westerly point 
of Union Island to a boundary marker on the opposite shore of Vancouver Island;

- Subarea 26-7;

- That portion of subarea 26-8, seaward of a line from boundary signs on 
opposite sides of the entrance to the inlets;

- that portion of 26-10 easterly of the Rockfish Conservation Boundary;

- Subarea 26-11;

- that portion of Area 126 shoreward of a line drawn approximately one (1) 
nautical mile seaward of the surf line.		


AREAS 27 AND 127:

AREA 27 FIN-FISHING CLOSURES 

Effective July 1 to December 31, 2014 the following waters will be closed to 
fishing for all finfish:

- Subarea 27-10, shoreward of fishing boundary signs at the entrance of Varney 
Bay.


Effective July 15 to July 30, 2014 the daily limit is two (2) chinook only one 
(1) of which may be greater than 77 cm:

- Subareas 27-7 to 27-11 (except portion of Subarea 27-10 as described above), 
Quatsino Sound east of the Cliffe Point Light, including all of Holberg Inlet 
and Neroutsos Inlet.


AREA 27 CHINOOK NON-RETENTIONS AREAS

Effective August 1 until September 30, 2014 there is non-retention (0) of all 
salmon in the following waters:

- Subareas 27-7 to 27-11 (except portion of Subarea 27-10 as described above), 
Quatsino Sound east of the Cliffe Point Light, including all of Holberg Inlet 
and Neroutsos Inlet.



Effective July 15 to September 30, 2014 the daily limit is two (2) chinook only 
one (1) of which may be greater than 77 cm:

- Subarea 27-1 [Cape Scott to Topknot] excluding the portion lying inside the 
Topknot Rockfish Conservation Area;
 
- Subarea 27-2, easterly of a line from Topknot to Lawn Point, west of the 
Cliffe Point Light and excluding the portion lying inside the Topknot Rockfish 
Conservation Area;

- Subarea 27-3, Forward Inlet and Winter Harbour;

- Subareas 127-1 and 127-3, shoreward of a line drawn approximately one 
nautical mile seaward of the surfline, [NOTE: the surfline in this area is a 
line from Cape Scott to Topknot, then to Lawn Point] and excluding the portions 
of Subareas 127-1 and 127-3 inside the Topknot Rockfish Conservation Area.


Effective July 15 through September 30, 2014 the daily limit is two (2) 
chinook, with a maximum size limit of 77cm. in the following waters:

- That portion of subarea 27-4, inside a line from Lawn Point Light to Solandar 
Island, then to Cape Cook excluding the Brooks Bay Rockfish Conservation Area;

- Subarea 127-1, shoreward of a line drawn approximately one nautical mile 
seaward of the surfline from Lawn Point, to Solandar Island, to Clerke Point.


Variation Orders: 2014-318, 2014-319 and 2014-322.


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 "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.

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).


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
Contact Brad Beaith
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
250-756-7190

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0622
Sent July 14, 2014 at 1531