Chinook conservation measures are implemented annually on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Areas 21, 22, 23, 24 effective August 1. The following is a description of those chinook conservation measures, which includes size limit restrictions and salmon non-retention areas for each statistical area. Please be aware that finfish closures and Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCA's) are also in effect in many of these areas. Fishers are responsible for knowing the restrictions that are in place in the areas that they are fishing. Please refer to the accompanying text for detailed descriptions of salmon restrictions for each area. Descriptions of finfish closures and RCA's can be found on the recreational fisheries website at the address below. This Notice provides information for Area 21 (Nitinat) to Area 24 (Tofino) and associated offshore waters. Coloured maps area available online for all areas described below. http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm Unless otherwise indicated below the daily limit for chinook salmon is two per day with a minimum size of 45 centimetres. AREAS 21 & 121 Effective August 1 to October 15, the daily limit is two (2) chinook of which only one (1) fish may be greater than 77 cm in that portion of Area 21, seaward of a line from the boundary sign about 1 mile southeast of Tsusiat Falls, then to a point near Clo-oose at coordinates 48 degrees 38.842N, 124 degrees 49.928W. Shoreward of the line described above the daily limit will remain at two (2) chinook with a minimum size limit of 45 cm. AREA 22 SALMON NON-RETENTION AREAS Effective August 1 to October 31 there will be no retention of salmon in the following waters: - That portion of Area 22 [Nitinat Lake] northeasterly of a line from a boundary sign at Windy Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore. AREAS 23, 123 CHINOOK NON-RETENTION AREAS Effective August 1 to September 30 there will be no retention of chinook salmon in the following waters: - That portion of 23-3 from a line between Star Point and a boundary sign near the mouth of Handy Creek, to a line drawn between a boundary sign near Chesnucknuw Creek to a boundary sign on the opposite shore. Effective August 1 through October 15 the daily limit is two (2) chinook with a maximum length of 77 cm in the following waters: - those remaining subareas 23-1 to 23-11 outside of the chinook non-retention area described above. AREA 123 Effective August 1 to October 15, the daily limit is two (2) chinook, with a maximum length of 77 cm. in the following waters: - that portion of Area 123 that lies shoreward of a line drawn approximately one (1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline and south east of a line commencing near Ucluelet at 48 degrees 55.872N and 125 degrees 33.028W heading 220 degrees true until it intersects the conservation corridor boundary approximately 1.0 nautical mile seaward of the surfline. Seaward of the line described above including all remaining portions of 123 the daily limit will remain at two (2) chinook with a minimum size limit of 45 cm. AREAS 24,124 AREA 24 CHINOOK NON-RETENTION AREAS Effective August 1 to October 15 there will be no retention of chinook salmon in the following waters: - Area 24, all Subareas (inshore of the surfline). AREA 24 SALMON NON-RETENTION AREAS Effective August 1 to October 15 there will be no retention of salmon in the following waters: - Subarea 24-1, Hesquiat Harbour and, - that portion of Subarea 24-2 northerly of a line commencing at Starling Point continuing true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet and, - that portion of Subarea 24-3 southwesterly of a line commencing at 49 degrees 24.640N and 126 degrees 08.646W on Vancouver Island to 49 degrees 24.562N and 126 degrees 07.480W on Obstruction Island and, - that portion of Subarea 24-4 northerly of a line commencing on Flores Island at 49 degrees 18.005N and 126 degrees 04.141W then to 49 degrees 18.250N and 126 degrees 03.132W on McKay Island then following the McKay Island shoreline to 49 degrees 18.404N and 126 degrees 01.939W then to 49 degrees 19.279N and 126 degrees 01.399W on Vancouver Island and, - Subarea 24-7, those waters inside a line from Robert Point to Kraan Head and bounded on the east by a line between boundary signs at the western entrance to Matlset Narrows and, - that portion of Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary signs at the entrance to the Warn Bay and, - that portion of Subarea 24-11 inside a line between white fishing boundary signs approximately half way inside Grice Bay to the head of Grice Bay and, - Subarea 24-12; Tofino Inlet, Gunner Inlet, Tranquil Inlet and, - Subarea 24-14, upper Miller Channel, Hayden Passage, Sulfur Passage. AREA 124 Effective August 1 to October 15, the daily limit is two (2) chinook, with a maximum length of 77 cm in the following waters: - Area 124 Within one nautical mile seaward of a line from Cox Point to the Lennard Island Light, then to the southwest tip of Ahous Point, then from the northwest tip of Ahous Point on Vargas Island to the southwest tip of Blunden Island, then from the northwest tip of Blunden Island to Raphael Point on Flores Island, then to a point at 49 degrees 20.032N and 126 degrees 15.626W then following the surfline to where it intersects the Estevan Point Rockfish Conservation Area east of Matlahaw Point. Seaward of the line described above including all remaining portions of 124 the daily limit will remain at two (2) chinook with a minimum size limit of 45 cm. Variation Order # 2015-349 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Notes: 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 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: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish 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).
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