Fishery Notice

Category(s):
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Gill Net
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Herring: Spawn on Kelp
Subject:
FN0180-COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Strait of Georgia - Update March 4, 2019


ROE HERRING INFORMATION BULLETIN: 12

DATE: March 4, 2019

STRAIT OF GEORGIA

AREA 14
Shelter Pt to Cape Lazo-------Mar 2: 5,000 tons
TEST: Mar 1; Kitty Coleman Beach; 2,500 tons in areas; 1.6%; 18.5cm; 57m:61f; 8-
5-49-0-1; (19.6gm:84.3gm)
E.C. Denman Island------------Mar 4: 30,000 tons; assessing
TEST: Mar 1; 2.3 miles NE of Komas Bluff; 1,000 tons in area; 4.2%; 18.7cm; 
62m:47f; 17-9-21-0-4; (25.2gm:89.1gm)
Lambert Ch. to Chrome Is------Mar 3: small school
E.C. Hornby Is----------------Mar 4: 4,000 tons; assessing
TEST: Mar 3; 1 mile North of Shields Pt; 5,000 tons in the area; 7.1%; 19.0cm: 
75m:42f; 32-4-5-0-1; (22.2gm:88.7gm)
Tribune Bay/Lower Hornby------Mar 4: 14,000 tons
TEST - Denman Isle - Mar 2; SE of Norris Rocks; 6,000 tons in area; 2.2%; 
19.2cm; 69m:44f; 9-12-23-0-1; (25gm:87gm)
TEST - Viking Cavalier - Mar 2; E of Norris Rocks; 6,000 tons in area; 0%; 
15.0cm; juvenile fish 
Upper Baynes Sd---------------Mar 3: scratches; Mar 4: assessing
Lower Baynes Sd---------------Mar 3: 300 tons; Mar 4: assessing
Mapleguard to Nile Cr---------Mar 3: couple small schools
Nile Creek to French Cr-------Mar 2: 200 tons
French Cr to NW Bay-----------Mar 2: 6,000 tons
TEST: Mar 1; NW Bay; 5,500 tons in area; 1.1%; 18.6cm; 67m:62f; 7-11-43-0-2; 
(14.6gm:77.7gm)

Total 14: 74,000 tons (peak estimate), assessment incomplete

AREA 17 NORTH
Dorcas Pt/Schooner Cove-------Feb 27: 500 tons
Inner Nanoose-----------------Feb 27: not assessed
Outer Nanoose-----------------Feb 27: 800 tons
Blunden to Neck Point---------Feb 26: NFF
Neck Pt to Dodd Narrows-------Feb 20: NFF
TOTAL AREA 17N:  1,300 tons assessment incomplete

AREA 17 SOUTH-----------------Not assessed
Total Area 17S: Not assessed

TOTAL STRAIT OF GEORGIA: 75,000 tons (peak estimate), assessment incomplete.

Assessments yesterday focused on the East Coasts of Hornby and Denman Islands, 
Tribune Bay/Lower Hornby, and Lower Baynes Sound. Poor weather hampered morning 
assessments. Test vessels assessed Komas Bluff - estimated 500 tons. Management 
Platform sounded Baynes Sound and Lower Hornby, a slight increase in lower 
Baynes estimated 300 tons. Lower Hornby looked similar to previous assessments. 
In the evening test vessels assessed the North and East coast of Hornby - 
estimated 15,000 tons total, major concentration North of Shields Pt, test set 
in this area on a 5,000 ton body had a roe yield of 7.1%, 19cm fish. Sea lions 
continue to be a major impediment to test assessments, test vessels working 
together to contend with the large number of sea lions.

Test vessel assessments this morning focused on the North and East coast of 
Hornby and East Coast of Denman. Less fish showing North of Hornby this morning 
than last night, estimated 4,000 tons. Fish appear to have moved in along the 
East coast of Denman Island, assessments so far this morning estimate 30,000 
tons in this area, assessments are ongoing. The Management Platform assessed 
Lower Lambert and Lower Hornby, there are still bodies of fish SE of Norris 
Rocks but appears to be less than previous assessments. Assessment efforts 
today will focus on East Coast of Denman, Cape Lazo to North Hornby and Baynes 
Sound. 

Next spawn flight planned for Wednesday morning. 

Assessment and tonnage estimates are incomplete.

ROE TEST CODE:Date;Location;roe yield;fish size;males:females;#1-#2-#3-#spawned-
#juvenile;(roe weight gm:fish weight gm)

PUBLIC HEALTH AND AQUACULTURE:

Vessel Masters are reminded that there are numerous clam and oyster leases in 
Baynes Sound. Disposal of human waste into waters near shellfish harvest areas 
creates potentially serious health risks for shellfish consumers. The discharge 
of untreated sewage into all Canadian inland waters and Canadian coastal waters 
within 3 nautical miles of land is banned under the Canada Shipping Act. 
Vessels participating in the herring fishery are required to abide by sewage 
discharge regulations and are requested to minimize impact to aquaculture sites 
by utilizing marinas, anchoring in existing sanitary closures and minimizing 
congregations of vessels near shellfish aquaculture sites as much as possible.

NANAIMO HARBOUR NOTICE:

TO ALL CFVs participating in the HERRING FISHERY IN AND AROUND THE NANAIMO AREA 
in FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
 
Please be advised that the EAST SIDE of the Concrete pier (Visiting Vessel 
Pier) is closed to all Transient Vessel Traffic. The east side is the outside 
of the Pier, the side closet to Protection/ Newcastle Islands.
 
Under NO circumstances are ANY TRANSIENT vessels allowed to tie on that side. 
This includes CFVs.
 
All CFVs are required to HAIL the Marina Office on VHF Channel 67 or call in by 
phone at 250-754-5053 for moorage assignment


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Bryan Rusch (250) 618-4066

Or 

Amber Neuman (250) 618-1022

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0180
Sent March 4, 2019 at 1011