Fishery Notice

FN1113-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Areas 17, 18 and 19 - Reopening to Retention of Pink and Chum Salmon

Due to recent rainfall events, extremely low water levels in the Cowichan River 
are no longer a concern and the salmon non-retention restriction enacted July 
31 in certain marine waters is being removed.  

Note: The chinook management measures (outlined below) remain in place until 
October 15, 2015.  These measures are enacted annually to protect Cowichan 
River chinook.

Pink and Chum Salmon

Effective 00:01 hours October 3, 2015 until further notice, you may retain pink 
and chum salmon in all areas open to salmon fishing in Areas 17, 18, and 19.

Please be reminded that the daily limit for salmon is four (4) in total for all 
species combined per day.

Chinook Salmon

Non-retention of chinook salmon will remain in place in the following Subareas 
until 23:59 hours October 14, 2015:

Subareas 17-5, 17-6, 17-7, 17-9 and 17-13 to 17-17, 17-19 and 17-20;

That portion of Subarea 17-4 northeast of a line from Shingle Point to Pilkey 

That portion of Subarea 17-12 inside a line from Tinson Point to Snake Island 
Light (RCA boundary) to the southern Five Finger Island group, thence  to the 
RCA boundary starting at Horswell Channel Buoy (49°12.93'N and 123°56.03'W), 
thence true west to a point on shore north of Horswell Bluff located at 49°
12.93N and 123°56.47'W; and'

Those portions of Subareas 17-12 and 17-18 shoreward of a line from Icarus 
Point on Vancouver Island true north 2 nautical miles, thence northwesterly to 
the Navy buoy in Ballenas Channel, thence to Nankivell Point at the entrance to 
Schooner Cove on Vancouver Island.

Subareas 18-6 to 18-8 and 18-10; 

That portion of Subarea 18-7 that lies north of a line from a square white 
boundary sign on Vancouver Island, near 48°46.179' north latitude and 123°
34.654' west longitude, to a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island 
southeast of Burial Islet, near 48°45.992' north latitude and 123°33.777' west 
longitude, and south of a line from a square white boundary sign on Saltspring 
Island approximately 1.5 nautical miles east southeast of Musgrave Point, near 
48°43.982' north latitude and 123°31.418' west longitude, to a square white 
boundary sign on Vancouver Island approximately 0.5 nautical miles northwest of 
Cherry Point, near 48°43.197' north latitude and 123°33.708' west longitude.

Subareas 19-7 to 19-10

Coho Salmon

Please refer to Fishery Notice FN0989 for the current coho retention limits in 
Areas 17, 18, and 19


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

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 for fishing closures 
and other recreational fishing information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected 
to the internet at 
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.

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


Contact your local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1113
Sent October 2, 2015 at 1647