Fishery Notice

FN0696-Recreational - Sockeye - Region 1 - A portion of the Somass River Known as Somass Park - Increased Daily Limit

Effective July 22, 2017 from 05:00 hours to 22:00 hours daily until July 30, 
2017 the daily limit of sockeye salmon is two (2) per day in that portion of 
the Somass River located approximately 200 meters above and 150 meters below 
the island near the boat launch at Somass Park near Service Road.

Variation Order # 2017-362 and 2017-363

On July 20, 2017 Department staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to 
discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass Sockeye. The attendees at this 
meeting were representatives from the Tseshaht, Hupacasath and Maa-nulth First 
Nations and stakeholders from commercial and recreational fishery committees.  
At the meeting, the Area 23 Harvest Committee recommended increasing the limit 
to two per day in a portion of the Somass River non-tidal recreational sockeye 

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 a reforecast 
will be made weekly every Thursday for the duration of the season.  


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 

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

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0696
Sent July 21, 2017 at 1609