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Notice Posted: Thursday May 04, 2017


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0990-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Region 2 Non-tidal Fraser River - Retention of Chinook, Chum and Pink Salmon and Coho Regulations to year end


The recreational fishery for salmon in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River 
will open with the species limits and size limits noted below.  

The non-tidal waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 waters are those waters 
between the downstream edge of the CPR bridge at Mission, BC to the downstream 
side of the Alexandra Bridge.

The Department is planning fishery openings for more abundant pink, chinook and 
chum salmon, with a cautious approach to minimize additional impacts on Fraser 
River sockeye.  

Anglers fishing for salmon in the Fraser River are required to take every 
measure possible to ensure that their fishing activities avoid impacts on 
sockeye and coho salmon.  Any sockeye or coho encountered must be released with 
the least possible harm.  The recreational community is requested to fish 
selectively when fishing for other salmon species.  The first principle of 
selective harvest is to avoid catching non-targeted stocks.  This means that 
anglers are requested to use angling methods that do not catch sockeye or coho. 

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 and coho are at a minimum. 

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

Anglers should be aware that the First Nations food, social and ceremonial 
fishery is open in this area. Anglers are encouraged to minimize or eliminate 
any gear conflict in this area. Please be diligent when harvesting and 
navigating in this area and to exercise patience when and if in contact with 
other fishers. 

Sockeye:
The regulation prohibiting fishing for sockeye will remain in effect until 
further notice. 

Chinook: (announced earlier via FN0953)
Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, August 29, 2015 until December 31, 2015, you 
may retain up to four (4) chinook salmon per day only one (1) of which may be 
greater than 62 cm in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River. 

Pink:
Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, September 5, 2015, until 23:59 hours Thursday, 
December 31, 2015 the daily limit is two (2) pink salmon per day.  There is a 
minimum size limit for pink salmon of 30 cm.

Coho: 
Mission to Hope

The non-tidal waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 from the CPR bridge at 
Mission, upstream to the Trans-Canada Highway Bridge at Hope:

Effective one hour after sunset Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and until one hour 
before sunrise Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

You may not fish for coho salmon; and,
You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective one hour before sunrise Wednesday, October 14, 2015 and until one 
hour after sunset Thursday, December 31, 2015 the daily limit is two (2) 
hatchery-marked coho.

Hope to Sawmill Creek

The non-tidal waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 from the Trans-Canada 
Highway Bridge at Hope, upstream to the confluence of Sawmill Creek:

Effective one hour after sunset Friday, September 11, 2015 and until one hour 
before sunrise Sunday, October 18, 2015.

You may not fish for coho salmon; and,
You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective one hour before sunrise Monday, October 19, 2015 until one hour after 
sunset Thursday, December 31, 2015 the daily limit is two (2) hatchery-marked 
coho.

Sawmill Creek to Alexandra Bridge

The non-tidal waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 from the confluence of 
Sawmill Creek, upstream to the Alexandra Bridge:

Effective one hour after sunset Tuesday, September 15, 2015 and until December 
31, 2015 you may not fish for salmon

A hatchery-marked coho is a coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the 
adipose fin.

Chum:
Effective one hour before sunrise Saturday, September 5, 2015, until one hour 
after sunset Thursday, December 31, 2015 the daily limit is two (2) chum salmon 
per day.  There is a minimum size limit for chum salmon of 30 cm.

Anglers are reminded that fishing is allowed during daylight hours only from 
one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.  Check your local newspaper 
for these times.

Variation Orders: 2015-438


Notes:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of 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.

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.

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 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 - FN0990
Sent September 4, 2015 at 1634