Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0626-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Region 6 - Skeena River Watershed - Closures Effective July 11, 2019


Early in-season indications for Skeena Sockeye are currently at the lower end 
of the pre-season forecast range of abundance. As escapement numbers are 
suggesting that total escapements will be below the 800,000 threshold to 
continue recreational Sockeye retention as outlined in the 2019/20 Draft North 
Coast Salmon IFMP, effective at 00:01 July 11, 2019 there will be no fishing 
for Sockeye throughout the Skeena River watershed.  

The following waters of the Skeena River watershed will be closed to Sockeye 
fishing:

The Babine Lake (including tributaries)
Effective 00:01 July 11, 2019 until further notice

Fulton River 
Effective 00:01 July 11, 2019 until further notice 

Pinkut Creek, downstream of fishing boundary signs located approximately 25 m 
downstream of fish counting fence.
Effective 00:01 July 11, 2019 until further notice 

Babine River
Effective 00:01 July 11, 2019 until further notice
 
Skeena River mainstem waters only, upstream of CNR bridge at Terrace, BC to the 
confluence with the Babine River
Effective 00:01 July 11, 2019 until further notice 

Skeena River mainstem waters, downstream of CNR Railway bridge at Terrace, BC 
Effective 00:01 July 11, 2019 until further notice 

Variation Oder #: 2019-RCT-383


Notes:

Possession limits are two times the daily limits.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters and rivers 
of British Columbia.  

The term "marked" means a hatchery 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.

Anglers are advised to check http://bcsportfishguide.ca for fishing closures 
and other recreational fishing information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected 
to the internet at 
https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm 
or by using Google search key words "Recfish Licence".

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 (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-(866)431-FISH (3474).


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Darren Chow
A/North Coast Recreational Fisheries Manager
250 627-3441

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0626
Sent July 10, 2019 at 1352