Effective immediately until further notice the daily quota for coho salmon is two (2) and the daily quota for chinook salmon is one (1) maximum size limit of 77cm in the following areas: Region 1 Somass and Stamp Rivers The following areas will remain closed to all fishing: That portion of the Stamp River from the Ash River Main Logging Road Bridge near the outlet of Great Central Lake, downstream to the Sumner Creek Stamp River confluence. That portion of the Stamp River from boundary signs 200 metres above the Stamp River Falls, downstream approximately 2.5 kilometres, to the Beaver Creek Stamp River confluence. That portion of the Somass River from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam, upstream approximately one kilometer to boundary signs near the south end of Collins Farm across to the gravel pit. Due to the low forecast of 4 and 5 year old Robertson Creek chinook protective measures are required on the Somass and Stamp rivers to protect female chinook salmon. Only chinook 77 cm or less (predominantly males) are allowed to be retained. After consultation with representatives of the Alberni Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee (AVSFAC), it has been agreed to implement the above measures. It was important to the AVSFAC to allow anglers to continue angling the Stamp and Somass rivers for surplus coho and small chinook, steelhead and trout while having as minimal impact on larger female chinook as possible. The management actions implemented were agreed to by the Area 23 Harvest Roundtable membership which is comprised of representatives from DFO enforcement, stock assessment, and resource management; and recreational, commercial and First Nation fishers who take an active role in managing the Area 23 fishery. VO#: 2015-424 and 2015-425 NOTE: Anglers are further reminded of the following: For the Stamp/Somass Rivers, anglers are advised there is no directed fishery on chinook greater than 77 cms. Sockeye and chum must be avoided. Single, barbless hooks only are required on all streams on Vancouver Island. Intentionally foul-hooking salmon or attempting to foul-hook salmon is illegal. Lack of compliance in this fishery could result in the fishery being immediately closed on short notice therefore your cooperation is encouraged. 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). The DFO recreational fishery website is located at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html For further information contact the Port Alberni Department of Fisheries and Oceans Office at (250)720-4440.
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0965
Sent September 1, 2015 at 1545
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