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 fishery. 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. Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of British Columbia. 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 http://bcsportfishguide.ca for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information. Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm 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). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at 250-720-4440 or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
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