Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - General Information
COMMERCIAL - General Information
RECREATIONAL - General Information
Subject:
FN0198-Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Areas Closures - Amendment to FN0133


This fishery notice amends FN0133 to indicate the location of the Hecate Strait 
and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Areas Vertical 
Adaptive Management Zones and to correct the list of fisheries excluded from 
the Adaptive and Vertical Adaptive Management Zones.  The full corrected 
fishery notice follows:

Harvesters are notified that the Core Protection Zones of the Hecate Strait and 
Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area are closed to 
commercial, recreational and aboriginal fishing.  

Areas closed are as laid out in the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound 
Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area Regulations and are described as 
follows:

Northern Reef;

Those waters below a depth of 100m below the sea surface bounded by a series of 
rhumb lines drawn from a point having coordinate values of 53º18'40.4" North 
latitude and 130º52'46.5" West longitude, to a point having coordinate values 
of 53º22'12.1" North latitude and  130º47'01.7" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 53º22'20.2" North latitude and  130º43'12.5" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 53º17'22.8" North 
latitude and  130º38'18.2" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 53º15'01.7" North latitude and  130º36'35.5" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 53º10'55.2" North latitude and  
130º20'19.3" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
53º04'30.2" North latitude and  130º25'53.6" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 53º04'58.0" North latitude and  130º32'16.9" West 
longitude then to a point having coordinate values of 53º07'22.2" North 
latitude and  130º37'37.6" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 53º08'36.6" North latitude and  130º39'29.5" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 53º08'41.8" North latitude and  
130º45'40.0" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
53º13'51.2" North latitude and  130º46'41.2" West longitude, then back to the 
point of Commencement.

Central Reef Zone A;

Those waters below a depth of 120m below the sea surface bounded by a series of 
rhumb lines drawn from a point having coordinate values of 52º14'03.4" North 
latitude and  129º38'33.2" West longitude, to a point having coordinate values 
of 52º16'54.8" North latitude and  129º43'13.4" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 52º21'57.1" North latitude and  129º43'56.5" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 52º24'24.5" North 
latitude and  129º47'22.8" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 52º29'05.9" North latitude and  129º50'59.4" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 52º31'05.2" North latitude and  
129º50'13.9" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
52º31'06.7" North latitude and  129º47'40.9" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 52º27'42.0" North latitude and  129º40'25.1" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 52º25'22.9" North 
latitude and  129º37'24.0" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 52º19'47.0" North latitude and  129º32'43.2" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 52º16'18.2" North latitude and  
129º33'22.8" West longitude, then back to the point of Commencement.

Central Reef Zone B;

Those waters below a depth of 120m below the sea surface bounded by a series of 
rhumb lines drawn from a point having coordinate values of 51º54'43.1" North 
latitude and  129º41'22.2" West longitude, to a point having coordinate values 
of 52º01'22.5" North latitude and  129º35'48.4" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 52º05'13.5" North latitude and  129º34'32.5" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 52º08'48.5" North 
latitude and  129º31'44.1" West longitude then to a point having coordinate 
values of 52º08'51.3" North latitude and  129º29'18.0" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 52º04'27.1" North latitude and  
129º21'17.3" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
51º59'40.8" North latitude and  129º15'23.9" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 51º56'04.5" North latitude and  129º18'46.2" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 51º52'55.7" North 
latitude and  129º36'49.8" West longitude, then back to the point of 
Commencement.

Southern Reef;

Those waters below a depth of 146m below the sea surface bounded by a series of 
rhumb lines drawn from a point having coordinate values of 51º17'59.2" North 
latitude and 128º57'31.9" West longitude, to a point having coordinate values 
of 51º19'30.8" North latitude and  128º58'22.7" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 51º23'41.9" North latitude and  128º48'50.9" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 51º19'17.5" North 
latitude and  128º42'33.6" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 51º18'24.5" North latitude and  128º42'37.7" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 51º15'56.0" North latitude and  
128º47'04.2" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
51º15'52.2" North latitude and  128º54'20.4" West longitude, then back to the 
point of Commencement.


In addition, harvesters are notified that the Adaptive Management Zones and 
Vertical Adaptive Management Zones of the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte 
Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area are closed to all commercial 
bottom contact fishing activities for prawn, shrimp, crab, and groundfish 
(including halibut), as well as for midwater trawl for hake. These closures 
will be in effect until further notice.


Areas closed are as laid out in the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound 
Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area Regulations and are described as 
follows:

Northern Reef Area described as;

bounded by a series of rhumb lines drawn from a point 53º11'52.9" North 
latitude and  130º19'47.2" West longitude, to a point having coordinate values 
of 53º09'22.0" North latitude and  130º18'53.0" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 53º02'54.5" North latitude and  130º25'16.2" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 53º03'06.9" North 
latitude and  130º30'35.6" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 53º07'17.8" North latitude and  130º42'03.2" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 53º07'44.5" North latitude and  
130º46'26.5" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
53º13'28.7" North latitude and  130º47'28.7" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 53º19'20.0" North latitude and  130º54'24.2" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 53º24'05.4" North 
latitude and  130º48'37.8" West longitude then to a point having coordinate 
values of 53º23'40.7" North latitude and  130º42'52.2" West longitude then to a 
point having coordinate values of 53º18'42.5" North latitude and  130º38'09.3" 
West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 53º15'20.6" North 
latitude and  130º33'01.3" West longitude, then back to the point of 
Commencement EXCEPT those waters below a depth greater than 100m from the 
surface inside the line delineating the Northern Reef Core Protection Zone 
which is closed to all commercial, recreational and aboriginal fishing (as 
described above).

Central Reefs Area described as;

bounded by a series of rhumb lines drawn from a point 52º00'24.4" North 
latitude and  129º14'12.6" West longitude, to a point having coordinate values 
of 51º55'50.5" North latitude and  129º18'13.8" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 51º51'32.5" North latitude and  129º36'37.4" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 51º53'00.7" North 
latitude and  129º44'03.4" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 52º05'14.1" North latitude and  129º36'14.1" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 52º08'46.0" North latitude and  
129º33'33.5" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
52º15'42.6" North latitude and  129º44'12.3" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 52º29'35.4" North latitude and  129º52'32.7" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 52º32'05.4" North 
latitude and  129º53'06.2" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 52º34'05.6" North latitude and  129º47'51.4" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 52º25'42.7" North latitude and  
129º35'12.2" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 
52º20'02.8" North latitude and  129º29'51.7" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 52º09'52.3" North latitude and  129º25'29.5" West 
longitude, then back to the point of Commencement EXCEPT those waters below a 
depth greater than 120m from the surface inside the lines delineating the 
Central Reef Core Protection Zone A and Central Reef Core Protection Zone B 
which are closed to all commercial, recreational and aboriginal fishing (as 
described above).

the Southern Reef Area described as;

bounded by a series of rhumb lines drawn from a point 51º24'44.2" North 
latitude and  128º47'58.3" West longitude, to a point having coordinate values 
of 51º18'32.5" North latitude and  128º40'35.6" West longitude, then to a point 
having coordinate values of 51º14'57.6" North latitude and  128º47'01.2" West 
longitude, then to a point having coordinate values of 51º14'33.9" North 
latitude and  128º55'45.5" West longitude, then to a point having coordinate 
values of 51º17'42.3" North latitude and  129º00'29.0" West longitude, then to 
a point having coordinate values of 51º19'24.5" North latitude and  
129º00'53.6" West longitude, then back to the point of Commencement EXCEPT 
those waters below a depth greater than 146m from the surface inside the line 
delineating the Southern Reef Core Protection Zone which is closed to all 
commercial, recreational and aboriginal fishing (as described above).

Variation Orders 2017-133, 2017-134, 2017-135, 2017-139 and 2017-144 in effect.


For additional information fishers should consult their Integrated Fisheries 
Management Plans.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Alice Cheung: 604.666.0209  
200-401 Burrard St.
Vancouver BC, V6C 3S4
Alice.Cheung@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0198
Sent March 10, 2017 at 0933