Fishery Notice

FN0666-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - South Coast - Sockeye Retention in Southern BC Marine Waters

The current status of the Fraser River sockeye return provides for recreational 
Sockeye retention opportunities in most Southern BC marine waters.

Effective 00:01 hours Wednesday, August 01, 2018 until further notice, in those 
waters currently open to salmon fishing in the following Areas, the daily limit 
for recreationally caught sockeye is four (4) per day:

- Areas 11 to 13, and 111 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, 
Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage);

- Areas 14 to 15, 17 to 19 (Strait of Georgia); 

- Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait);

- Areas 21, 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island) Note that Area 
23 is currently closed to the retention of sockeye targeting Barkley Sound 

- Subareas 28-1, 28-2 and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet);

- Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 
Note:  Opportunities in the remainder of Area 29 (tidal portions of the Fraser 
River) will be provided by separate fishery notice.

Sockeye retention is not permitted in the following areas:

- Area 16: remains closed to sockeye retention in order to protect Sakinaw Lake 
sockeye. It is anticipated that Subareas 16-19 to 16-21 (Sabine Channel) could 
open to sockeye retention in mid-August and will be confirmed by fishery 
notice; and
- Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay).
As per Fishery Notice FN0428, recreational fishers should be aware of 
conservation measures for Southern BC Chinook salmon and Southern Resident 
Killer Whales that were implemented on June 1, 2018. Additional information can 
be found at

Variation Order: 2018-RFQ-0388


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 
finfishing.  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).

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

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0666
Sent July 30, 2018 at 1356