Fishery Notice

FN0550-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Queen Charlotte Strait & Upper Johnstone Strait - Areas 11, 12 and 111- Coho fishing times and limits- CLARIFICATION TO FN0543

This notice clarifies FN0543 with regards to fishing areas and supercedes 

The full text follows.

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 11, 111 and Subareas 12-3 to 12-15, 12-17 to 12-48 and 12-16 with the 
exception of Hardy Bay listed below:
Effective 00:01 hours June 27 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014, you may 
retain two (2) coho per day, which may be hatchery marked or unmarked.

Subareas 12-1 and 12-2:
Effective 00:01 hours June 27 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014, you may 
retain two (2) coho per day, of which one (1) may be unmarked.

Portion of Subarea 12-16 (Hardy Bay):
Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2014 in that 
portion of Subarea 12-16 (Hardy Bay) inside of line from Duval to Daphne Point, 
you may retain four (4) hatchery marked coho per day.

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. 

Variation Order No. 2014-301


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 " 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.

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).


Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada Office. 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0550
Sent June 26, 2014 at 1621