Fishery Notice

FN0966-Recreational - Salmon: Chinook - Area 23 and 123 - Barkley Sound - Daily Quota Limit Change Effective Immediately

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours October 15, 2015 the daily quota for 
the tidal recreational fishery for chinook salmon will be two (2) chinook per 
day one of which may be greater than 77 cm in the following area:

Area 23 and that portion of Area 123 shoreward of a line drawn one nautical 
mile seaward of the surfline. 

Variation Order Number 2015-426

On August 31, 2015 Department staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Roundtable to 
discuss the Area 23 chinook tidal water recreational fishery. At this meeting 
the Roundtable was informed by DFO South Coast Stock Assessment staff that 
preliminary in-season indicators for Somass chinook were larger than 
forecasted. This change was based on recreational CPUE's and current 
escapements, which suggested a higher return.  This prompted the current change 
in the chinook conservation measures.


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-FISH (3474)

Contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at 250 720 4440 or 
visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0966
Sent September 1, 2015 at 1604