The current status of the Fraser River sockeye salmon returns provides for sockeye salmon retention opportunities for recreational fisheries in most Southern B.C. marine waters as noted below: Effective 00:01 hours Friday, August 1st, 2014 until further notice, in those waters open to salmon fishing and in the following areas, the daily limit for recreationally caught sockeye is four (4) per day: - Areas 11, 111, 12 and 13 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage); - Areas 14 to 15, 17 to 19 (Strait of Georgia); - Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait); - Areas 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island) Note that Area 23 is currently open to the retention of sockeye targeting Barkley Sound sockeye; - Subarea 28-1 28-2 and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet); - Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 (Strait of Georgia). Note: Opportunities in the remainder of Area 29 (Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, 29- 10 and the tidal portions of the Fraser River) will be announced by a separate fishery notice. Sockeye retention is not permitted in the following areas: - Area 16: remains closed to sockeye retention in order to protect Sakinaw Lake sockeye. It is anticipated that Subareas 16-19 to 16-21 (Sabine Channel) could open to sockeye retention in early August and will be confirmed by fishery notice; and - Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay). VO No. 2014- 2014-349 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 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 local DFO office in your area for updated information as it becomes available.
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