Fishery Notice

FN0540-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - West Coast Vancouver Island - Areas 21 to 27, 121 to 127 - Coho fishing times and limits

Interior Fraser Coho stocks have generally seen an increase in productivity and 
improved survival rates in recent years. Spawner abundances have increased over 
the last 4 years and the stock status has modestly improved. In 2014 DFO has 
approved a temporary increase in the allowable exploitation rate on Interior 
Fraser Coho available to South Coast First Nations, commercial and recreational 
fisheries. DFO is continuing to undertake a scientific review of available 
stock and fishery information on coho, and will continue to develop harvest 
plans so Interior Fraser Coho stocks can meet their recovery objectives.

Areas 21 to 27 (inside the surfline) excluding Subarea 27-4
Effective 00:01 hours June 27 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014, you may 
retain four (4) coho per day, which may be hatchery marked or unmarked.

Areas 121 to 127 (outside the surfline) and Subarea 27-4
Effective 00:01 hours June 27 until 23:59 hours August 31, 2014, you may retain 
two (2) coho per day, of which one (1) may be unmarked.

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014, you may 
retain four (4) coho per day, of which one (1) may be unmarked.

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to salmon non-retention areas 
and/or fin-fish closed areas. Please check the DFO website referenced at the 
bottom of this notice for further information. 

Management measures may change in season in the offshore areas dependent on 
South Coast fishing plans. Any changes to coho regulations will be released in 
a subsequent fishery notice.

Refer to the following website link for a description of the Area and Subarea 
maps and for information on salmon non-retention areas and fishing closures:


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 Salmon Sport Head Recovery 
program by labeling 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.

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 1-800-465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-866-431-FISH (3474).

Variation Order No.2014-301. 

Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0540
Sent June 26, 2014 at 1304