Fishery Notice

FN0133-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Fraser River Chinook - Areas 19 and 20 - Recreational Fishery Management Actions

The Department is continuing with management measures in 2014 designed to 
reduce fishery exploitation rates on Fraser River Spring 4-2 chinook stocks in 
commercial, recreational and First Nations fisheries. 

In 2014, Fraser River Spring 4-2 chinook are expected to return in low numbers 
due to low brood year escapements and continuing poor survival rates. 

Management measures for the recreational fishery in portions of Areas 19 and 20 
are outlined below. 

March 1 to June 13, 2014 management actions:
Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, March 1, 2014 until 23:59 hours Friday, June 
13, 2014 in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5(those waters near Victoria 
between Cadboro Point to Sheringham Point), the daily limit is two (2) chinook 
salmon per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm or 
hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length. The minimum size limit in these 
areas is 45 cm in length. 

June 14 to July 18, 2014 management actions:

Management actions are still under consideration and will be announced in a 
second fishery notice. 

For further details on the management measures to protect and conserve Fraser 
River Spring 4-2 chinook stocks of concern please refer to DFO's Southern BC 
Salmon Integrated Fishery Management Plan (IFMP). 


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 voluntary 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 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:

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).

Variation order 2014-96.


contact Brad Beaith (250) 756-7190. 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0133
Sent February 26, 2014 at 1351