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Notice Posted: Thursday May 04, 2017


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0772-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Region 2 - Fraser River: Mission Bridge to Alexandra Bridge - Chinook Salmon Opportunities


In the waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 (from the downstream side of the 
Mission Bridge to downstream side of the Alexandra Bridge) the following 
management actions are in effect during the dates and times listed below. 

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Effective one hour before sunrise Monday, August 3 until one hour after sunset 
Monday, August 31, 2015, the daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with 
only one(1) greater than 50 cm.

Effective one hour before sunrise Monday, August 3 until one hour after sunset 
Thursday, December 31, 2015 the daily limit for pink salmon is four (4).

Effective one hour before sunrise Monday, August 3 until one hour after sunset 
Thursday, December 31, 2015 the daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).

There is no retention of sockeye salmon permitted at this time. Given the low 
abundance of sockeye and the expected en-route mortality, impacts on sockeye 
are to be minimized and DFO is working with all users of the resource to limit 
impacts on sockeye.
While fishing for pink, chinook and chum salmon, anglers should avoid using 
fishing methods that catch sockeye salmon and fish selectively.
The first principle of selective harvesting is to avoid catching non-targeted 
stocks.  This means that anglers should use methods that do not catch sockeye.  
The following fishing methods enable anglers to catch pink, chinook and chum 
salmon and rarely intercept sockeye salmon:

Bar Fishing
Trolling Spoons at Creek mouths
Float Fishing
Pulling Plugs
Fly Fishing

We encourage anglers to continue to use these methods to target pink, chinook 
and chum while avoiding sockeye.  

Please note that bottom bouncing is NOT considered a selective fishing method 
and is strongly discouraged.  The Department requests that selective fishing 
techniques be used and will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure 
impacts on sockeye are at a minimum. 

Should DFO feel that the rate of compliance is insufficient to ensure the 
adequate passage of sockeye, spot closures or a "no fishing for salmon" 
restriction may result. 

The Department will continue to review stock status and environmental 
information on a regular basis to help inform future fisheries management 
decisions and fishing opportunities. Updated information will be announced by 
fishery notice.

Variation Order: 2015-159, 2015-363


Notes:

Single Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in non-tidal waters 
of British Columbia. 

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters and non-
tidal waters in British Columbia. 

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.

If you're going fishing for salmon in non-tidal (fresh) waters, you need a Non-
Tidal Angling Licence, issued by the Province of British Columbia.  Visit the 
provincial website to buy your licence. Licences are available to B.C. 
residents and non-residents. Fees may vary and are listed online. 
(www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/licences)

Anglers are advised to check http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-
eng.html for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.

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 or the British Columbia's toll-free RAPP line (Report All 
Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

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


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Barbara Mueller 
DFO Lower Fraser Area
Tel: (604)666-2370
Email: barbara.mueller@dfo-mpo.gc.ca







Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0772
Sent July 30, 2015 at 1451