DFO staff at the Big Qualicum Hatchery are observing healthy salmon returns to the Qualicum River. As a result terminal fisheries for chinook and coho salmon are being permitted in the following portions of the Qualicum River. Anglers should be aware that FSC and ESSR fishing opportunities for the Qualicum First Nation may be occurring in the same location. Effective immediately until December 31, 2018 the daily limits are as follows: Open Areas of the Qualicum River: Qualicum River upstream of the Big Qualicum Hatchery, those waters between the pool above the upper weir (located approx. 75m downstream of the E&N bridge to the Horne Lake Dam) That portion of the Qualicum River located between a fishing boundary sign on the Qualicum Reserve fence upstream to the main hatchery bridge crossing. Daily Limits: Chinook salmon - 4 per day, only 2 of which may be greater than 62 cm. Coho salmon - 4 per day, only 2 of which may be greater than 30 cm. Anglers should also note that Chum salmon retention goes into effect from October 16 - November 30 for 1/day. The daily limit for all species of Pacific salmon from tidal and fresh waters combined is 4. Variation Orders: 2018-RFQ-0547 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: 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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