For 2015, the recreational fishery allocation is 1,063,550 pounds. The objectives for the recreational fishery are: -to stay within the allocation (TAC), -to effectively manage, enforce and assess the fishery, -to follow the guiding principles of the "Vision for the Recreational Fishery in BC" such as providing stable and predictable opportunities and to share responsibility for catch monitoring and reporting. The following measures will be in place for 2015 and assessed at the end of year as to how they met the overall fishery objectives. Limits and sizes: Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2015 until further notice: - The maximum length for halibut is 133 cm. - The daily limit for halibut is one (1). - The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater than 90 cm in length. - The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 2015/2016 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. - All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2015-2016 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on license. The exceptions to these openings are: Areas 121: No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W. Area 121: Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement. Non-residents of Canada wishing to fish for and retain halibut in Management Areas 121, 23 and 123 must purchase an electronic licence through a Canadian vendor. Note: Rockfish Conservations Areas (RCA's) remain in effect - refer to the following website for descriptions: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint/rca-acs-eng.htm. Note: These management measures are the same as those in place for 2014/2015, please refer to fishery notice FN0023 issued January 12, 2015. Variation Orders 2015-33 and 2015-34. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact: Brad Beaith 250-756-7190 or Devona Adams 604-666-3271.
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0134
Sent February 24, 2015 at 1530
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