DFO hatchery staff are observing healthy returns of Chinook salmon to the Puntledge River. As a result terminal Chinook retention will be permitted to target these enhanced Chinook returns in the Puntledge River. Retention opportunities on hatchery marked Coho salmon will also be permitted. Effective 00:01 hours on September 24 until 23:59 hours on December 31, 2018 the daily limit of Chinook salmon will be 2 per day and the daily limit of hatchery marked Coho salmon will be 1 per day in the following areas: Puntledge River downstream from a fishing boundary sign located 75 m downstream of the weir at the lower hatchery (excluding the Morrison Creek closure). Please note as per the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis, the Courtenay River is closed to fishing until Sept 30, 2018. Variation Orders: 2018-RFQ-498 More information on Region 1 recreational fisheries can be found on the recreational fisheries website at the address below. http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm Notes: This fishery could close on short notice, due to illegal fishing activities. 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: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/rca-acs/index-eng.html 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). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
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