Fishery Notice

RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0899-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut Fishing Closure - September 6, 2017

The Department has reviewed in-season monthly catch estimates for the 
recreational halibut fishery with the Sport Fishing Advisory Board during this 
year's fishing season.

Catch information indicates that the recreational share of the Total Allowable 
Catch for halibut will be achieved by early September.

Therefore, recreational fishing for halibut under the BC Tidal Waters Sport 
Fishing Licence will close effective 23:59 hours September 6, 2017 for the 
balance of the year.

An experimental licence program is available that provides an opportunity for 
recreational harvesters to retain halibut beyond the halibut fishery closure 
date under the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence by acquiring halibut quota 
from the commercial fishery. 

More information is available on the DFO website:

Management actions for the 2018 halibut fishery will be developed this fall and 
announcements will be made in early 2018.

Variation Order 2017-445 and 2017-446

Contact: Devona Adams 604-666-3271
         Adam Keizer 604-666-9033 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0899
Sent September 4, 2017 at 2131