Fishery Notice

FN0720-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Fraser Sockeye - Areas 11 to 15, 17 to 20, 111, 121, 123 to 127 and Subareas 28-1, 28-2, 28-7, 29-1 to 29-5 - Retention Opportunity in South Coast Marine Waters - August 1, 2014

The current status of the Fraser River sockeye salmon returns provides for 
sockeye salmon retention opportunities for recreational fisheries in most 
Southern B.C. marine waters as noted below:

Effective 00:01 hours Friday, August 1st, 2014 until further notice, in those 
waters open to salmon fishing and in the following areas, the daily limit for 
recreationally caught sockeye is four (4) per day:

- Areas 11, 111, 12 and 13 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, 
Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage);

- Areas 14 to 15, 17 to 19 (Strait of Georgia); 

- Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait);

- Areas 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island) 
Note that Area 23 is currently open to the retention of sockeye targeting 
Barkley Sound sockeye;

- Subarea 28-1 28-2 and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet);

- Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 (Strait of Georgia). 

Note: Opportunities in the remainder of Area 29 (Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, 29-
10 and the tidal portions of the Fraser River) will be announced by a separate 
fishery notice.

Sockeye retention is not permitted in the following areas:

- Area 16: remains closed to sockeye retention in order to protect Sakinaw Lake 
sockeye. It is anticipated that Subareas 16-19 to 16-21 (Sabine Channel) could 
open to sockeye retention in early August and will be confirmed by fishery 
notice; and

- Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay).

VO No. 2014- 2014-349


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:

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected 
to the internet at 
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).


Contact the local DFO office in your area for updated information as it becomes 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0720
Sent July 30, 2014 at 1528