Chinook management measures are implemented annually on the West Coast of Vancouver Island to provide protection for wild West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) chinook stocks. In 2016, the Department reviewed the chinook management actions and several changes have been made in portions of Areas 25 to 27 and 125 to 127 effective July 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016. The following is a description of those chinook management measures, which may include finfish closures, chinook non-retention areas, salmon non-retention areas and size limit restrictions. Please be aware that Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are also in effect in many of these areas. Fishers are responsible for knowing the restrictions that are in place in the areas that they are fishing. Descriptions of the RCAs can be found on the recreational fisheries website at the address below. http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm This Notice provides information for Area 25 (Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet), Area 26 (Kyuquot Sound), Area 27 (Quatsino Sound) and associated offshore waters in Areas 125 to 127. Unless otherwise indicated below the daily limit for chinook salmon in Areas 25 to 27 and 125 to 127 is two per day with a minimum size of 45 centimetres and the possession limit is four (4). AREAS 25 AND 125: Effective July 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016 the following areas are closed to fishing for all fin-fish: That portion of Subarea 25-1 located northerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at 49 degrees 39.449'N and 126 degrees 06.040'W to a point located north of Black Creek at 49 degrees 39.369'N and 126 degrees 05.165'W, and southerly of a line drawn from a point at 49 degrees 36.971'N and 126 degrees 03.560'W to a point located north of Matchlee Creek at 49 degrees 37.129'N and 126 degrees 03.006'W. Subareas 25-2 and 25-3. That portion of Subarea 25-4 southeasterly of a line beginning at a boundary sign on Bligh Island near 49 degrees 39.732'N and 126 degrees 28.815'W, then drawn northeasterly across Hanna Channel to a boundary sign on the opposite shore near 49 degrees 40.181'N and 126 degrees 28.166'W. That portion of Subarea 25-4 northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 43.903'N and 126 degrees 29.639'W, then drawn southwesterly across Hisnit Inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.680'N and 126 degrees 30.322'W. Boundary signs near these locations may be erected. That portion of Subarea 25-5 easterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.205'N and 126 degrees 24.997'W, then drawn southerly across Nesook Bay to a point located at 49 degrees 45.594'N and 126 degrees 25.018'W. Boundary signs near these locations may be erected. That portion of Subarea 25-5 northwesterly of a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay. That portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, north of a line beginning at the northeastern tip of Strange Island located at 49 degrees 43.314'N and 126 degrees 37.486'W, then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.315'N and 126 degrees 36.817'W. Subareas 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-12. Subareas 25-14 and 25-15 and 25-16. That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528'N and 126 degrees 55.605'W to a point located at 49 degrees 44.965'N and 127 degrees 01.823'W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then to the Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806'N and 126 degrees 49.976'W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 24.125'N and 126 degrees 46.942'W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341'N and 126 degrees 45.141'W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located adjacent to this closed area. That portion of Subareas 25-7, 125-1 and 125-2 inside a line beginning at a point on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 33.845'W (north of Escalante Point), then westerly to a point approximately 1 nautical mile offshore located at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 35.967'W, then southerly approximately 8.8 nautical miles to a point intersecting the Estevan Point RCA boundary located at 49 degrees 24.688'N and 126 degrees 35.593'W, then to a point on Vancouver Island (on Hesquiat Peninsula) at 49 degrees 25.067'N and 126 degrees 34.598'W. AREAS 26 AND 126: Effective July 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016 the following areas are closed to fishing for all fin-fish: That portion of Subareas 26-1 and 26-6 shoreward of a line drawn from the Rugged Point shoreline beginning at 49 degrees 57.618'N and 127 degrees 15.077'W to a point approximately 0.8 nautical miles south located at 49 degrees 56.904'N and 127 degrees 15.677'W, then continuing approximately 5.2 nautical miles northwest to the light on Amos Island located at 50 degrees 00.768'N and 127 degrees 21.173'W, then from the northwest tip of Amos Island at 50 degrees 01.153'N and 127 degrees 21.554'W, then to the Vancouver Island shoreline to a point located at 50 degrees 01.368'N and 127 degrees 21.529'W. Subareas 26-2 to 26-5. That portion of Subareas 26-7 and 26-10 shoreward of a line drawn from a point on Vancouver Island located at 50 degrees 02.149'N and 127 degrees 25.637'W, then to a point on McLean Island located at 50 degrees 01.790'N and 127 degrees 25.556'N, then to a green navigational marker located approximately 3 nautical miles west at 50 degrees 02.587'N and 127 degrees 29.916'W, then continuing northwest approximately 3.2 nautical miles to Cautious Point in the Bunsby Islands Group located at 50 degrees 04.966'N and 127 degrees 33.310'W, then continuing northwest approximately 2.5 nautical miles to the boundary of the Checleset Bay RCA located at 50 degrees 06.097'N and 127 degrees 36.868'W. Subareas 26-8 and 26-9. Effective July 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016 the following areas are salmon non-retention: That portion of Subareas 26-11 and 126-4 shoreward of a line drawn from Clerke Point on Vancouver Island located at 50 degrees 04.870'N and 127 degrees 48.856'W, then to a point along the Checleset Bay RCA boundary approximately 1 nautical mile from shore located at 50 degrees 04.059'N and 127 degrees 49.949'W, then to a point approximately 5.4 nautical miles to the northwest located at 50 degrees 06.079'N and 127 degrees 57.696'W, then to Solander Island light at 50 degrees 06.662'N and 127 degrees 56.434'W, then north- easterly approximately 0.8 nautical miles to a point on Vancouver Island (Brooks Peninsula) located at 50 degrees 06.840'N and 127 degrees 54.980'W. AREAS 27 AND 127: Effective July 15, 2016 through December 31, 2016 the following area is closed to fishing for all fin-fish: That portion of Subarea 27-10, from the Marble River tidal boundary to the fishing boundary signs at the entrance to Varney Bay. Effective July 15, 2016 through September 30, 2016 the daily limit is one (1) chinook, with a maximum size limit of 77cm in the following areas: Subareas 27-7 to 27-11 (Quatsino Sound east of the Cliffe Point Light) Effective July 15, 2016 through September 30, 2016 the daily limit is zero (0) chinook (chinook non-retention) in the following areas: That portion of 27-3 in Winter Harbour north of a line drawn from Hazard Point at 50 degrees 30.055'N and 128 degrees 01.866'W west to the opposite shore at 50 degrees 30.060'N and 128 degrees 02.510'W. That portion of Subarea 27-11 west of the Holberg Inlet RCA That portion of 27-8 southeast of a line drawn from a point located at 50 degrees 24.201'N and 127 degrees 29.979'W to a point on the opposite shore of Neroutsos Inlet located at 50 degrees 24.477'N and 127 degrees 29.138'W. Variation Orders: 2016-308 and 2016-294. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca. 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 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. 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).
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