Fishery Notice

FN0985-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Areas 21, 121 and 123 to 127 - West Coast Vancouver Island - Changes to Coho Limits September 11, 2015

Areas 21, 121 and 123 to 127

Consistent with an abundant outlook for west coast Vancouver Island coho and in 
consideration that the migration of Interior Fraser coho is nearly complete 
through the waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island, the following coho 
changes are in effect:

Effective 00:01 hours September 11, 2015 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2015, 
you may retain four (4) coho per day, marked or unmarked.

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to salmon non-retention areas 
and/or fin-fish closed areas. Please check the DFO website referenced at the 
bottom of this notice for further information. 

Refer to the following website link for a description of the Area and Subarea 
maps and for information on salmon non-retention areas and fishing closures:


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 labeling 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:

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)

Variation Order No. 2015-435 

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

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0985
Sent September 4, 2015 at 1520