Fishery Notice

FN0769-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Area 29 (Fraser River Mouth) and Tidal Fraser River

Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10 (Fraser River mouth:
Effective 00:01 hours, Saturday, August 1 until 23:59 hours Thursday, December 
31, 2015, the daily limit for chinook is two with a minimum size of 62 cm.
Tidal waters of the Fraser River (downstream of the CPR Bridge at Mission):
Effective 00:01 hours, Saturday, August 1 until 23:59 hours Monday, August 31, 
2015 the daily limit for chinook salmon is four with only one greater than 50cm.

Effective 00:01 hours, Saturday, August 1 until 23:59 hours Thursday, December 
31, 2015 the daily limit for pink salmon is four.

Effective 00:01 hours, Saturday, August 1 until 23:59 hours Thursday, December 
31, 2015 the daily limit for chum salmon is four.

There is no retention of sockeye salmon permitted at this time. Given the low 
abundance of sockeye and the expected en-route mortality impacts on sockeye are 
to be minimized and DFO is working with all users of the resource to limit 
impacts on sockeye.
While fishing for pink, chinook and chum salmon, anglers should avoid using 
fishing methods that catch sockeye salmon and fish selectively.
The first principle of selective harvesting is to avoid catching non-targeted 
stocks.  This means that anglers should use methods that do not catch sockeye.  
The following fishing methods enable anglers to catch pink, chinook and chum 
salmon and rarely intercept sockeye salmon:

Bar Fishing
Trolling Spoons at Creek mouths
Float Fishing
Pulling Plugs
Fly Fishing

We encourage anglers to continue to use these methods to target pink, chinook 
and chum while avoiding sockeye.  

Please note that bottom bouncing is NOT considered a selective fishing method 
and is strongly discouraged.  The Department requests that selective fishing 
techniques be used and will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure 
impacts on sockeye are at a minimum. 

Should DFO feel that the rate of compliance is insufficient to ensure the 
adequate passage of sockeye, spot closures or a "no fishing for salmon" 
restriction may result. 

The Department will continue to review stock status and environmental 
information on a regular basis to help inform future fisheries management 
decisions and fishing opportunities. Updated information will be announced by 
fishery notice.

Variation Orders: 2015-369, 2015-370


Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of British 

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.

Anglers are advised to check for fishing closures 
and other recreational fishing information.

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-


Barbara Mueller 
DFO Lower Fraser Area
Tel: (604)666-2370

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0769
Sent July 30, 2015 at 0918