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Notice Posted: Thursday May 04, 2017


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0991-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Area 29 (Fraser River mouth) and the Tidal Fraser River - Retention of Chinook, Chum and Pink Salmon and Coho Regulations to Year End


The recreational fishery for salmon in Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, 29-10 (Fraser 
River mouth) and the tidal waters of the Fraser River will open with the 
species limits and size limits noted below.  

The tidal waters are those waters of the Fraser River from the mouth to the 
downstream edge of the CPR bridge at Mission, BC.

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 salmon.  Any sockeye encountered must be released with the least 
possible harm.   Survival rates of sockeye released in this fishery are 
expected to be high.  The Department is continuing to monitor the Fraser River 
to ensure compliance.

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


Chinook: (announced earlier via FN0954)
Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, August 29, 2015 until December 31, 2015, you 
may retain two chinook per day in Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10.  The 
minimum size limit is 62 cm.

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 tidal waters of the Fraser River. 


Coho: 
No retention of coho is permitted effective immediately until 23:59 Friday, 
October 9, 2015.

The use of bait and fishing for coho is prohibited from 00:01 hours Tuesday, 
September 8, 2015 to 23:59 hours Friday, October 9, 2015. 

Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, October 10, 2015 until 23:59 hours Thursday, 
December 31, 2015 the daily limit is two (2) hatchery-marked coho.

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


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.


Chum:
Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, September 5, 2015, until 23:59 hours 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.

Variation Orders: 2015-442, 2015-444, 2015-445


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 - FN0991
Sent September 4, 2015 at 1645