Fishery Notice

FN0359-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Area 23 - Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the Somass River - Closure

Effective until further notice, the daily quota for sockeye salmon in Area 23, 
Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the Somass River, will remain zero (0).

The pre-season forecast for Somass Sockeye is 172,000.  At this run size, there 
is no available recreational catch.  At a meeting on April 6, 2017 the Area 23 
Harvest Committee recommended a closure to sockeye fishing for all sectors 
consistent with the Area 23 fishery plan.  While recreational sockeye 
opportunities in Area 23 are unlikely through the end of June, potential 
opportunities may be possible if the run size is upgraded.

The Somass sockeye in-season stock assessment program will be in place in 2017. 
This program collects escapement, test fishing, catch and environmental 
information on a weekly basis.  This information is collected and the first in-
season reforecast will be made June 29.  This process will continue weekly 
through the sockeye season and, may lead to recreational sockeye opportunities 
if conditions warrant.

Variation Order # 2017-187


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 the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at 250-720-4440 or 
visit our website at 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0359
Sent April 11, 2017 at 1601