Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN1257-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish - Prawn and Shrimp - Areas 13, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28 closures


Recreational prawn and shrimp by trap harvesters are advised that the harvest 
of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close from 
00:01 hours January 1, 2018, to 23:59 hours March 31, 2018, in the following 
Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations:

Subarea 13-13 (Quadra Island area);
Subareas 16-5, 16-8 (Sechelt / Narrows Inlets), 16-9, 16-10, 16-16 (Malaspina 
Strait / lower Jervis Inlet);
Subareas 17-5, 17-9 (portion Stuart Channel), 17-16 (Nanaimo); 
Subarea 19-7 (portion Saanich Inlet);
Subareas 23-1 to 23-4 (Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound);
Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-8, 25-16 (Nootka Sound, Muchalaht Inlet, Tahsis 
Inlet); and,
Subareas 28-1, 28-2 (Howe Sound).

These 3-month winter closures are in place to allow the prawn spawning period 
to complete.  These areas re-open 00:01 hours April 1, 2018. 

Subareas 17-6 (portion Stuart Channel) and 19-8 to 19-12 (portion Saanich 
Inlet) will continue "pulse fishing" (closed in the first half of the month and 
open in the second half of the month) through to March 31, 2018.  This means 
that Subareas 17-6 and 19-8 to 19-12 are closed from:

00:01 hours December 1, 2017 to 23:59 hours December 15, 2017; 
00:01 hours January 1, 2018 to 23:59 hours January 15, 2018; 
00:01 hours February 1 to 23:59 hours February 15, 2018; and 
00:01 hours March 1 to 23:59 hours March 15, 2018.   

All prawns carrying eggs should be released.

All other coastal areas remain open to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by 
trap, ring net, or spear while diving until further notice, except the 
following protected areas which are closed year round: 

Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Glass Sponge reef areas; 
Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area;
Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected 
Area; 
Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and Area of Interest (AOI); 
Whytecliffe Park; 
Porteau Cove; 
Point Atkinson; and 
Vancouver Harbour between Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Bridge 
(also known as Second Narrows Bridge).
  

Variation Order No. 2017-611. Variation Order No. 2017-455 is revoked.


NOTES:
Refer to the following website to Plan Ahead: seasonal prawn closures 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/shellfish-coquillages-eng.html  

The daily bag, possession and trap limits continue to be in effect coast-wide. 

Refer to the B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for further information 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html
 
These actions are in accordance with the Recreational Harvest Plan, Appendix 2 
of the 2017/18 Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Integrated Fisheries Management Plan.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

Laurie Convey 250-756-7233   laurie.convey@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Mike Kattilakoski 250-756-7315   mike.kattilakoski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
David Fogtmann 250-339-3799   david.fogtmann@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Anna Magera 604-916-6743   anna.magera@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Brad Beaith 250-756-7190   brad.beaith@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1257
Sent December 4, 2017 at 1320