Fishery Notice

FN1062-RECREATIONAL - SALMON - South Coast - Sockeye Retention in Southern BC Marine Waters

The current status of the Fraser River Sockeye return provides for recreational Sockeye retention opportunities in most Southern BC marine waters.

Effective 00:01 hours September 15, 2022, until 23:59 hours December 31, 2022, (or until release of a Fishery Notice closing the fishery) the daily limit for Sockeye is four (4) per day in the following areas:

Areas 11 to 13, and 111 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage); and

Areas 14 to 19, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 (Strait of Georgia); and

Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay); and

Subareas 28-1, 28-2, and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet); and

Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait); and

Areas 21, 121, and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island).

Effective 00:01 hours September 15, 2022, until 23:59 hours September 18, 2022, the daily limit for Sockeye is four (4) per day in the following areas:

Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, and 29-10 (Fraser River approach area).

Fishers are reminded that all other salmon species are non-retention in Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, and 29-10 during this time. 

Fishers are also reminded that as of 00:01 hours September 19, 2022, Subareas 29-6, 29-7, and 29-9 to 29-17 - the Tidal waters of the Fraser River (downstream edge of the CPR Bridge at Mission to the mouth) will be revert to no salmon fishing.

Variation Orders: 2022-RFQ-418; 2022-RCT-417

Fishers are reminded of management measures to support the survival and recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales that include areas closed to salmon fishing and/or vessel traffic. Please refer to Fisheries Notice FN0972 (fisheries management measures) or FN 0523 (vessel management measures), or visit the following webpage for additional information:

Fishers are also reminded the minimum size for Sockeye is 30 cm.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal  waters of British Columbia.  
The term "hatchery marked" or "marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. This is also referred to as an adipose fin-clipped (AFC) fish. Unmarked fish still have an adipose fin present.

Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing.  Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at:

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 or by email at

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

Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1062
Sent September 14, 2022 at 1538