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Notice Posted: Thursday May 04, 2017


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0477-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Southwest Coast Vancouver Island - Areas 21 to 24, 121, and 123 to 124 - Coho Fishing times and limits


This notice is intended to replace Fishery Notice FN0468 and includes a 
correction in the date for management measures in place in Area 24 only. 

Changes from FN0468 are marked with the word UPDATED.
All other management measures remain unchanged and in effect.

Management measures affecting boundaries, finfish closures and salmon non-
retention areas may change in season depending on the Department's review of 
the West Coast Vancouver Island Chinook conservation corridor. Any changes to 
these regulations would come into effect by August 1, 2016 and will be released 
in a subsequent fishery notice and posted on the Department's recreational 
fisheries website at:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Area 21, 22 and 121, Nitinat

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to finfish closed areas. Please 
check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for further 
information. 

Area 21 and 121, Nitinat and Swiftsure Bank
Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2016, you may 
retain two (2) hatchery marked coho per day. 

Area 22, Nitinat Lake 

Area 22 northeasterly of a line from Windy Point to a boundary sign on the 
opposite shore. Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours July 31, 
2016 you may retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). 
Effective 00:01 hours August 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours October 31, 2016 this 
area is a salmon non-retention area. Effective 00:01 hours November 1, 2016 
until 23:59 hours December 31, 2016 you may retain two (2) coho per day 
(hatchery marked or unmarked).

Area 22, Nitinat Lake 

Area 22 southwesterly of a line from Windy Point to a boundary sign on the 
opposite shore. Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours December 
31, 2016 you may retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

Area 23 and 123, Barkley Sound

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to finfish closed areas. Please 
check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for further 
information. 

Area 23, Alberni Inlet - subareas 23-1 to 23-3

Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2016 you may 
retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). 

Effective 00:01 hours August 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours September 30, 2016 you 
may retain four (4) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). 

Effective 00:01 hours October 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2016 you 
may retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). 

Area 23, Inshore Barkley Sound - subareas 23-4 to 23-11

Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2016 you may 
retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). 

Area 123, Offshore Barkley Sound

Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2016 you may 
retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked only).

Area 24 and 124, Clayoquot Sound

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to finfish closed areas. Please 
check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for further 
information. 

Area 24, Inshore Clayoquot Sound UPDATED.

Subareas 24-1 (Hesquiat Harbour), 24-3, 24-4 (Millar Channel), 24-5, 24-7 
(Bedwell Sound), 24-12, 24-13, 24-14 and that portion of Subareas 24-2 
northerly of a line from Starling Point true west to the opposite shore of 
Sydney Inlet, that portion of Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary 
signs at the entrance to Warn Bay, 
and that portion of Subarea 24-11 southerly of a line between boundary signs on 
either side of Grice Bay approximately half way between the entrance and the 
head of the Bay. Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours July 31, 
2016 you may retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). 
Effective 00:01 hours August 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours October 31, 2016 this 
becomes a salmon non-retention area. Effective 00:01 hours November 1, 2016 
until 23:59 hours December 31, 2016 you may retain two (2) coho per day 
(hatchery marked or unmarked).

Subareas 24-6, 24-8, a portion of 24-9 westerly of a line commencing at Ginnard 
Point on Meares Island to a point on the Vancouver Island shoreline on the 
opposite shore of Browning Passage at 49 degrees 07.48 minutes North and 125 
degrees 51.81'West and a portion of Subarea 24-10 seaward of a line from 
boundary signs on either side of the entrance to Warn Bay and a portion of 
Subarea 24-11 northerly of a line between boundary signs on Vancouver Island on 
either side of Grice Bay approximately half way between the entrance and the 
head of the Bay. Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours December 
31, 2016 you may retain two (2) coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

Area 124, Offshore Clayoquot Sound

Area 124 and that portion of Subarea 24-2 seaward of a line from Starling Point 
true west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet at 49 
degrees 23.649 minutes North and 126 degrees 15.734 minutes West. Effective 
00:01 hours June 1, 2016 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2016, you may retain 
two (2) hatchery marked coho per day.

Refer to the following website link for a description of the Area and Subarea 
maps and for information on salmon non-retention areas and fishing closures:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/areas-secteurs-eng.html

Notes:

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

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye.  These fish are 
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the 
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term "hatchery marked" means a 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 labeling 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.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all 
fin fishing.  Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing 
information, can be found on the Internet at:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

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 1-800-465-4336.

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

Variation Order Number: 2016-231. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0477
Sent June 2, 2016 at 1634