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Tidal Waters Fisheries

Tidal Waters Fisheries Committee Co-Chairs:

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Fishery Notice

Category(s):  

ABORIGINAL - General Information

COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net

COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine

COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll

RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject:         FN00428-Conservation Measures for Northern and Souther BC Chinook Salmon and Souther Resident Killer Whales

This notice provides information on planned conservation measures for Northern and Southern BC Chinook Salmon and Southern Resident Killer Whales that will be implemented beginning June 1, 2018.

Chinook Conservation Measures

To address Chinook conservation concerns, DFO is implementing a precautionary 25-35% reduction in exploitation rates for Chinook stocks of concern to support conservation and promote rebuilding. These additional reductions are planned to address conservation concerns for Nass River, Skeena River and many small wild Chinook populations in Northern BC; and, all Fraser River Chinook populations (including Spring 4(2), Spring 5(2), Summer 5(2), Summer 4(1) and Fall 4(1) populations) in Southern BC.  

Additional Northern BC Chinook management measures are outlined below, followed by additional Southern BC Chinook management measures.  

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Northern Commercial Fisheries
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Area F Troll - opening of AABM Chinook fishery delay to July 10 in addition to boundary changes.  Refer to the subsequent Fishery Notice for details.

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Northern Recreational Fisheries
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Please note that possession limits for Chinook Salmon are twice the daily limit.

The recreational daily limits of Chinook Salmon are being reduced in North Coast tidal waters as follows:

Haida Gwaii:

Effective June 1, 2018 to July 9, 2018, the daily limit is one (1) Chinook per day in Areas 1, 2, 142, and that portion of Area 101 west of 131 degrees 40.0 minutes West longitude 

North Coast:

Effective June 1, 2018 to June 15, 2018, the daily limit is one (1) Chinook per day in Areas 3 to 5, 103 to 105, Subarea 102-1, and that portion of Area 101 east of 131 degrees 40.0 minutes West longitude
	
Effective June 16, 2018 to July 9, 2018, there is zero (0) retention of Chinook Salmon in Areas 3 to 5, 103 to 105, Subarea 102-1, and that portion of Area 101 east of 131 degrees 40.0 minutes West longitude

Effective July 10, 2018 to July 31, 2018, the daily limit is one (1) Chinook per day in Areas 3 to 5, 103 to 105, Subarea 102-1, and that portion of Area 101 east of 131 degrees 40.0 minutes West longitude

Effective June 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018 the daily limit is one (1) Chinook per day in Areas 6 and 106

Variation Order Number: 2018-RFQ-0307

Management measures for northern BC non-tidal waters were previously announced in FN0372 issued May 8, 2018.

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Southern BC Commercial Fisheries
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Area G Troll:
There is no commercial fishery for AABM Chinook in June or July.

Area B Seine and Area H Troll:
Effective June 1 to September 30, 2018, there is no commercial salmon fishing in Subareas 20-3, 20-4 and that portion of Subarea 20-5 that lies west of 123 degrees 49.30 minutes west longitude (Otter Point).  

Area B Seine and Area H Troll:
Effective June 1 to September 30, 2018 there is no commercial salmon fishing in Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5 and 18-9.

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Southern BC Recreational Fisheries:
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Southern BC Inside Waters

Areas 13 to 18, 28 and 29 and Subareas 19-1 to 19-6 (except those portions listed below):

Effective June 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018, the daily limit for Chinook Salmon is one (1) per day in in Areas 13 to 17, 28 and 29 with the exception of those four areas listed below under the headings Strait of Georgia, Pender Island, Juan de Fuca and Fraser River mouth.   Terminal fishing opportunities at full limits for Chinook may be considered in-season if abundance permits.

Effective October 1, 2018 until further notice, the daily limit for Chinook Salmon is two (2) per day in in Areas 13 to 19, 28 and 29.

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Exceptions:
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Strait of Georgia: 
Note: this measure came into effect on May 7, 2018 as previously announced in FN0370 issued May 7, 2018.

Effective immediately until June 28, 2018 the daily limit for Chinook salmon is two (2) per day, of which only one may be greater than 67 cm in Subareas 18-1, 18-3, 18-6, 18-11, and 19-5.

Effective June 29, 2018 to July 31, 2018 the daily limit is two (2) Chinook salmon per day between both of which must be less than 85 cm in Subareas 18-1, 18-3, 18-6, 18-11, and 19-5. 

Chinook salmon retained in these waters must have a fork length of at least 62 cm.
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Pender Island:
Effective June 1 to September 30, 2018 there is no fishing for finfish in Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5 and 18-9.
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Juan de Fuca (Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Area 20):  
Effective June 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018 there is no fishing for finfish in Subareas 20-3, 20-4 and that portion of Subarea 20-5 that lies west of 123 degrees 49.30 minutes west longitude (Otter Point)

Effective June 1, 2018 until June 28, 2018 the daily limit for Chinook salmon is two (2) per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between 45 and 67 cm fork length or hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and 20-6 and 20-7 and that portion of Subarea 20-5 that lies east of 123 degrees 49.30 minutes west longitude (Otter Point).

Effective June 29, 2018 until July 31, 2018, the daily limit for Chinook salmon is two (2) Chinook per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between 45 and 85 cm or hatchery marked greater than 85 cm in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and 20-6 and 20-7 and that portion of Subarea 20-5 that lies east of 123 degrees 49.30 minutes west longitude (Otter Point).
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Fraser River Mouth (Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10):
Effective June 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018, there is no fishing for salmon in Subareas 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10.

Effective June 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018, there is no fishing for salmon in Subarea 29-6.

Effective August 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018, there is no retention of Chinook Salmon in Subarea 29-6. 

Variation Order Number: 2018-RFQ-0307; 2018-RCT-0321
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Notes:

Additional local closures may be in effect in your area.  Please check for the latest closures and restrictions for your area, and other recreational fishing information at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish 

Further information on specific management actions by area may 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 

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

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

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada- Fishery Notice

Category(s):  RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject:         FN0372-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - North - Coast - Region 6 - Non-tidal Waters - Salmon Close Time and Chinook Quotas - Effective Immediately

Effective immediately recreational salmon fishing in the entire Skeena River Watershed is closed until further notice. 

Effective immediately recreational chinook fishing in the entire Nass River Watershed is closed until further notice.

Effective immediately recreational salmon fishing in the entire Skeena River Watershed is closed until further notice.

Effective immediately recreational chinook fishing in the entire Nass River Watershed is closed until further notice.

Effective immediately there is no retention of Chinook salmon in all rivers draining into Pacific Fishery Management Areas 1 to 6 until further notice.


Variation Orders #2018-rfq-272, 2018-rfq-273, 2018-rfq-274, 2018-rfc-275, 2018-rfc-276 

Recreational harvesting opportunities for Skeena Coho and Pink salmon may occur at a later date and will be announced by Fishery Notice. 

Please refer to the on-line BC Sport Fishing Guide and future Fishery Notices, for details on confirmed opening dates, times and other restrictions.

http://bcsportfishguide.ca
  
Notes:

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 or the British Columbia's toll-free RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

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


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Fishing information, contact:
Darren Chow
Acting Recreational Fisheries Manager
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8
250 627-3441

Media inquiries, contact:
Lara Sloan
Communications Officer
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
(250) 363-3749

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 Fisheries and Oceans Canada- Fishery Notice

Category(s):  RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

Subject:         RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Rockfish and Lingcod: Coast-wide Management Measures - daily limits and close times - in effect starting April 1, 2018.

Effective April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the following recreational daily limits and close times apply to Rockfish and Lingcod in the North and South Coast waters as described. These management measures are required to reduct fishing impacts on rockfish in general and identified rockfish species of conern.


North Coast:
Areas: 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142
Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined - three (3), only one (1) of which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish; there is zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish; lingcod - two (2).

Close time: November 16 to March 31 (open April 1 to November 15)


South Coast (Outside waters):
Areas: 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (excluding the following portions described below): 

Area 121
No person shall fish for or retain Halibut, rockfish and Lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W.

Area 121:
Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement.  


Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined - three (3), only one (1) of which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish; there is zero (0) retention for both Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish; lingcod - two (2).

Close time: November 16 to March 31 (open April 1 to November 15)

South Coast (Inside waters):
Areas: 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5
Daily limits: To be announced (by separate Fishery Notice).
Close time: October 1 to April 30 (open May 1 to September 30)

Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17 are closed to rockfish and lingcod April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 (all year).

Variation Orders 2018-124 and 2018-125 in effect.


NOTES: 

Licensing - the 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence, are in effect starting 00:01 hours April 1, 2018.

Rockfish Conservations Areas (RCA's) and Marine Protected Areas (including glass sponge reef closures) remain in effect - refer to the following website for descriptions: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html

Please review the BC Sport Fishing Guide online at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html for any other restrictions that apply to the Area that you are fishing in, such as finfish closures, size limits, annual limits, and permitted gear.

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.

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


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact: Brad Beaith (South Coast) - (250)756-7190
Peter Katinic (North Coast) - (250)559-8330
Carole Eros - (604)666-7089 

 


Sport Fishing Advisory Board Announces 2018 Meeting Dates

Following are the dates for the 2018 Sport Fishing Advisory Board's meeting dates for the NMain SFAB process:

 

 

Main Board SFAB, Apriil 14 - 15

Main Board SFAB, February 3 - 4

 

 

 

The Tidal Water Fisheries Committee works tirelessly through the SFAB process to try to provide stable and predictable recreational fisheries for our members and the recreational fishing community at large. For more details download the SFAB Mainboard Minutes from April 2016 .

SFAB Mainboard Minutes, April 16-17, 2016


COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BCWF Ridal Waters Fisheries Committee 2013 Year End Report

AGM 2011 Tidal Waters Committee Report (April 2011)

AGM 2010 Tidal Water Committee Report (April 2010)

Halibut Executive Summary (2010) 


COMMITTEE REPORTS:


 

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