Fishery Notice

RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0603-Recreational - All finfish: Subarea 23-1 - Tidal portion of the Somass River - Recreational Finfish Closure

Effective 00:01 hours June 29, 2015 the following area is closed to all fishing 
until further notice: 

In that portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam 
on the Somass River downstream to a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper 
Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19 north latitude and 124°50.23 west 
longitude thence through the southernmost point of Hoik Island thence to the 
flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River thence due east to a 
boundary sign on the opposite shore.  

Water levels on the Somass River are very low and river temperatures are 
reaching potentially lethal limits for migrating sockeye salmon. The Area 23 
Harvest Committee and DFO have all agreed to support river closures in the 
Somass River to protect migratory fish during these challenging environmental 

Variation Order: 2015-314

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

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0603
Sent June 26, 2015 at 1619