Fishery Notice

FN0434-Recreational - Sockeye - Region 1 - Somass Park Opening

Effective daily from 05:00 hours to 22:00 hours May 1, 2021 to July 23, 2021 the daily limit of Sockeye Salmon is one (1) per day in that portion of the Somass River located approximately 200 meters above and 150 metres below the island near the boat launch at Somass Park near Service Road. Square white boundary signs are in place denoting this area.

On April 8, 2021 DFO staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass Sockeye. The attendees at this meeting were representatives from the Hupacasath, Maa-nulth and Tseshaht, First Nations and stakeholders from the commercial gillnet and seine fishery, and the Alberni Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee. A Somass Sockeye pre-season forecast of 350,000 was adopted at this meeting. At this run size fisheries are expected for all sectors this season.
The Somass Sockeye in-season stock assessment program will be in place in 2021. This program collects escapement, test fishing, catch and environmental information on a weekly basis. This information is reviewed weekly every Thursday for the duration of the season. This may lead to in-season management changes if conditions warrant.


Barbless hooks are required when fishing for Salmon in non-tidal waters 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 for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at 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).

Contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at 250 720 4440 or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0434
Sent April 29, 2021 at 1555