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Notice Posted: Thursday May 16, 2019


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - General Information
ABORIGINAL - Salmon: Economic Opportunities
COMMERCIAL - General Information
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll
RECREATIONAL - General Information
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0377-COMMERCIAL, RECREATIONAL and ABORIGINAL - Salmon - Chinook - 2019 Fraser River Chinook Conservation Measures and Coast-wide Recreational Annual Aggregates


This notice provides the Fraser Chinook fisheries management measures for the 
2019 fishing season. 

Chinook Conservation Measures:

To address conservation concerns for Fraser River Chinook salmon, DFO is 
implementing new fishery reductions to support conservation and promote 
recovery of at risk Chinook. 

New management measures for Fraser River Chinook are outlined below.   

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Northern Commercial Fisheries
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Area F Troll - Chinook non-retention will be in effect until August 20, 2019.  

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Southern BC Commercial Fisheries
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Area G Troll: Delayed start for AABM Chinook fishery until August 1, 2019.

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Southern BC Recreational Fisheries:
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WCVI Subareas 20-1, 20-2, Area 121, and Areas 123 to 127 seaward of a 1 nm 
Boundary Line. The Boundary Line is defined below:
 
00:01 hours April 19 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2019: Chinook non-retention; 
00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019:  2 Chinook per day

The Boundary Line is approximately 1nm seaward of the surfline and is defined 
as follows:

A line that begins at Pacheena Point lighthouse at 48 degrees 43.327' N 125 
degrees 05.855' W
then to 48 degrees 42.456' N 125 degrees 06.583' W seaward of Pachena Point,
then to 48 degrees 46.420' N 125 degrees 13.997' W seaward of Cape Beale,
then to 48 degrees 54.572' N 125 degrees 33.622' W seaward of Amphitrite Point,
then to 49 degrees 05.100' N 125 degrees 54.646' W seaward of Cox Point,
then to 49 degrees 10.280' N 126 degrees 04.790' W seaward of Blunden Island,
then to 49 degrees 16.472' N 126 degrees 15.140' W seaward of Rafael Point,
then to 49 degrees 20.008' N 126 degrees 17.188' W seaward of Sydney Inlet,
then to 49 degrees 23.807' N 126 degrees 24.483' W seaward of Hesquiat Point,
then to 49 degrees 21.620' N 126 degrees 28.478' W seaward of Matlahaw Point,
then to 49 degrees 22.113' N 126 degrees 33.508' W seaward of Estevan Point, 
then to 49 degrees 23.869' N 126 degrees 35.333' W seaward of Homais Cove,
then to 49 degrees 27.766' N 126 degrees 35.971' W seaward of Split Cape,
then to 49 degrees 31.494' N 126 degrees 35.669' W seaward of Escalante Point,
then to 49 degrees 34.042' N 126 degrees 41.611' W seaward of Maquinna Point,
then to 49 degrees 36.254' N 126 degrees 50.538' W seaward of Bajo Point,
then to 49 degrees 39.892' N 126 degrees 55.125' W seaward of Skuna Bay,
then to 49 degrees 44.400' N 127 degrees 00.289' W seaward of Ferrer Point,
then to 49 degrees 50.767' N 127 degrees 10.151' W seaward of Tatchu Point,
then to 49 degrees 59.142' N 127 degrees 28.125' W seaward of Lookout Island,
then to 50 degrees 06.948' N 127 degrees 41.617' W seaward of  Jackobson Point,
then to 50 degrees 03.599' N 127 degrees 47.722' W seaward of  Clerke Point,
then to 50 degrees 05.868' N 127 degrees 57.906' W seaward of  Solander Island,
then to 50 degrees 19.284' N 128 degrees 00.130' W seaward of  Lawn Point,
then to 50 degrees 31.501' N 128 degrees 14.238' W seaward of  Topknot Point,
then to 50 degrees 35.683' N 128 degrees 19.249' W seaward of  Cape Palmerston,
then to 50 degrees 39.280' N 128 degrees 23.459' W seaward of  Winifred Island,
then to 50 degrees 41.116' N 128 degrees 24.166' W seaward of  Cape Russell,
then to 50 degrees 44.137' N 128 degrees 26.559' W seaward of  Strange Rock,
then to 50 degrees 47.926' N 128 degrees 27.363' W seaward of  Cape Scott,
then to Frederiksen Point.

Chinook daily limits remain at 2 per day shoreward of this Boundary Line.

Johnstone Strait (Area 12): 
00:01 hours April 19 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2019: Chinook non-retention; 
00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours August 29, 2019: 1 Chinook per day;
00:01 hours August 30 to 23:59 hours  December 31: 2 Chinook per day.

Strait of Georgia - North - Areas 13 to 17, 28, portions of Area 29 (29-1 and 
29-2): 
00:01 hours April 19 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2019: Chinook non-retention; 
00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours August 29, 2019: 1 Chinook/day;
00:01 hours August 30 to December 31, 2019 2 Chinook/day.

Strait of Georgia - South and Juan de Fuca - Areas 18, Subareas 19-3 to 19-12, 
Subareas 20-3 to 20-7 and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5:
00:01 hours April 19 to 23:59 hours July 31, 2019: Chinook non-retention; 
00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours August 29, 2019: 1 Chinook per day;
00:01 hours August 30 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019: 2 Chinook per day.

Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, 29-10 (Fraser mouth), Fraser River Tidal Areas 29-11 
to 29-17, Fraser River Non Tidal (Region 2):
Subarea 29-6 is currently closed to fishing for salmon to July 31; a future 
notice will extend this to August 23.
Subareas 29-7, 29-9, 29-10 and the tidal waters of the Fraser River (Subareas 
29-11 to 29-17) are currently closed to fishing for salmon to August 23.
The non-tidal waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 are currently closed to 
fishing for salmon until July 31.  A future notice will extend this to Aug. 23

Freshwater Regions 3,5,7 and 8:
Closed to fishing for salmon (Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks 
may be considered at a later date)

VO: 2019-RFQ-223
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Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:
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For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for chinook salmon is 
ten (10) in all tidal and fresh waters coast-wide.

VO: 2019-RFQ-224
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Southern BC Food, Social and Ceremonial Fisheries:
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Lower Fraser and BC Interior: Chinook non-retention to July 14th; very limited 
priority access for ceremonial purposes will be considered prior to July 14th.

In Southern BC marine waters beginning 00:01 hours April 19 until 23:59 hours 
July 14, 2019 Chinook non-retention will be in effect in the following Areas 
and Subareas:

Areas 12 to 21, 121 Subareas 29-1 to 29-7,29-9, 29-10 and those portions of 
Areas 123 to 127 1 nautical mile seaward of the surfline.

For clarity, Chinook retention is permitted in Areas 11, 23 to 27, 111 and 
those portions of Areas 123 to 127 shoreward of a Boundary Line 1 nautical mile 
seaward of the surfline.

VO: 2019-222

Further information on specific management actions will be communicated by 
separate Fishery Notices. You can view or subscribe to fisheries notices 
at: http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact your local DFO office
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0377
Sent April 18, 2019 at 1704