There will be service interruptions Wednesday April 8th, 2020 beginning at 10:00PM PT which may continue until Wednesday April 8th, 2020 at 11:00PM.
Notice Posted: Tuesday April 07, 2020
In 2018, Area H Troll Sockeye harvest opportunities will be managed as an Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) demonstration fishery and will be based on available commercial Total Allowable Catch (TAC). Sufficient vessel quota is required to participate in any fishery opening below. At this time the cumulative individual quota in pieces for each Area H licence is 386 Sockeye salmon based on a share of 0.06092% and a commercial TAC of 633,552 Sockeye. Each individual quota amount (in pieces) will change if the available commercial TAC changes in-season and is cumulative for the season. These commercial TACs are for the purpose of calculating the individual quota amounts for Area B and H vessels only. Area H Troll will open effective 00:01 hours August 6, 2018 until further notice in the following sub-areas: Areas 12 and 13 (Johnstone Strait): Subareas 12-1, 12-3 to 12-5. That portion of 12-2 excluding south of a line from a boundary sign at 50 degrees 28.570 minutes North by 126 degrees 18.117 minutes West to a boundary sign at 50 degrees 28.393 minutes North by 126 degrees 15.279 minutes West (Adams River Boundary). That portion of 12-6 bounded on the east by a line starting at Bold Head on Swanson Island located at 50 degrees 37.665 minutes North by 126 degrees 44.190 minutes West then to Wedge Island light, then to a point in the White Cliff Islets located at 50 degrees 39.220 minutes North by 126 degrees 43.828 minutes West, then to a point in the Penfold Islet located at 50 degrees 41.377 minutes North by 126 degrees 48.605 minutes West, then to Staples Islet located at 50 degrees 46.126 minutes North by 127 degrees 07.227 minutes West. That portion of 12-8 bounded on the West by a line from Graeme Point on Malcolm Island located at 50 degrees 38.360 minutes North by 127 degrees 09.740 minutes West thence to Staples Islet located at 50 degrees 46.126 minutes North by 127 degrees 07.227 minutes West. Subarea 13-7 excluding Deepwater Bay (from the boundary sign located at 50 degrees 11.434 minutes North and 125 degrees 20.268 minutes West to a boundary sign at 50 degrees 10.861 minutes North and 125 degrees 20.885 minutes West). Subareas 13-8 and 13-9. That portion of 13-10 lying West of a line from Islet Point on Sonora Island, located at 50 degrees 17.677 minutes North and 125 degrees 23.663 minutes West, to a boundary sign on Quadra Island, located at 50 degrees 16.760 minutes North by 125 degrees 22.780 minutes West. That portion of 13-11 lying west of a line from Bodega Point on Quadra Island, located at 50 degrees 14.883 minutes North and 125 degrees 22.016 minutes West, to a boundary sign located on Quadra Island at 50 degrees 16.390 minutes North and 125 degrees 22.620 minutes West. Subareas 13-27 to 13-32 Areas 18 and 29 (Strait of Georgia): Subareas 18-1, 18-11 Subareas 29-1 to 29-6 Vessel Masters are requested to avoid fishing in the vicinity of Killer Whales when they are present in these areas. Variation Order No. 2018-H-TR-001 The available commercial Fraser River sockeye TAC will be distributed over the course of the fishery (in increments) rather than all at once and will be announced by fishery notice and adjusted if necessary following Fraser Panel meetings (usually Tuesday and Friday) depending on abundance and stock composition. Announcements will also be made on grounds and may be made via the Gulf Troll information line. The vessel must have sufficient allocations (ITQ) of sockeye salmon to participate in this fishery. It is the responsibility of the vessel master to cease fishing when the vessel quota for Fraser River sockeye salmon is achieved. For further details please refer to the guidelines for the 2018 ITQ demonstration fishery which are available in Appendix 7 of the 2018 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Southern BC at the following link. IFMP Southern: http://waves-vagues.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/40694306.pdf The next update will be made by fishery notice. For 2018 there is a new minimum approach distance for Killer Whales of 200m, in all Canadian Fisheries waters in the Pacific Ocean and British Columbia. For other whales, dolphins and porpoises the minimum approach distances is 100m. NOTE: 1. The target species in this fishery is Sockeye salmon; the incidental catch of Pink and Chum salmon may be retained in the Areas open to fishing. There will be non-retention of Coho, Chinook and Steelhead. This fishery has been designed to address stocks of concern constraints. 2. A valid 2018/19 Salmon Area H licence (complete with licence conditions), barbless hooks and operating revival tanks are requirements in this fishery. 3. Vessel masters must, prior to leaving for the fishing grounds, either phone AMR at 1-888-387-0007, or submit the details via e-log, to complete a start fishing report and announce their intention to fish. 4. At the end of each fishing day and prior to 08:00 hours of the next day, the vessel master must, as a condition of licence, record their catch information in either in their Salmon Log Book and report their catch by calling AMR at 1-888-387-0007 or submit their catch information via e-log. 5. Within 24 hours of the end of a fishing trip and prior to commencing a subsequent fishing trip, the vessel master shall either phone in or submit via e-log an End Fishing Report. Should a vessel master decide not to fish after having obtained a Trip Identification Number the vessel master shall phone in or submit via e-log a Trip Cancellation report. 6. Catch validation is mandatory and individual licence holders are required to make their own arrangements with a landing observer service provider authorized by the Department. Licence holders that plan to harvest Fraser River sockeye salmon must register with the landing observer service provider in advance of the fishery to confirm arrangements. For further information contact J.O. Thomas and Associates (ph: 1-866-930-4000). 7. Prior to any dockside landing of fish, the vessel master shall hail in to the designated landing observer service provider at 1-866-930-4000 between 06:00 hours and 18:00 hours seven days per week and provide the following information: - vessel name; - vessel registration number; - name and Fisher Identification Number of the vessel master; - contact phone number; - date, time, port and location of landing of the fish; - name of fish buying station where fish are to be landed; - product type; - estimated number of pieces by species; - area fished; and - sub-area fished. A landing observer shall be present during all landing of catch to record the number and weight of each species of salmon delivered. All salmon shall be landed at one of the following locations: Campbell River, Comox, Cowichan Bay, French Creek, Greater Vancouver, Kelsey Bay, Nanaimo, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Prince Rupert or Quadra Island. The vessel master shall deliver only to packers designated for the quota fishery. The vessel master shall retain a copy of the validation record provided by the packer at each delivery. If the vessel leaves the quota fishery to fish in another fishery the catch shall be landed and verified by a landing observer prior to entering the other fishery. 8. Quota will be transferable in whole or in part within Area B as well as between Area H. Transfers to other gears are not allowed. Quota may be reallocated as a percent (for the season) or by pieces (temporarily to cover an overage). In all instances overages accrued in-season must be covered by a quota reallocation, even if associated with a change in TAC. Reallocations associated with overages must be made within 24 hours of landing. In addition, vessels will not be permitted to continue fishing (start fishing report) until all overages are covered. Contact Erika Watkins at 250-286-5882 or Erika.Watkins@dfo-mpo.gc.ca for more information. 9. Vessel masters are reminded that test fishing vessels will be operating during the fishery in Areas 12 and 13. In-season test fishing assessment information in the marine approach areas is critical in estimating abundances of returning Fraser River sockeye stocks and identifying available harvest levels. Commercial fisheries must be structured and scheduled to ensure that test fishing assessment information is not compromised. Priority access is required for the seine test boats in the area where there are designated test fishing locations. When a seine test fishing vessel is arriving to a designated test fishing location to make a set and while making the set, gillnet and troll vessels must provide priority access to this seine test vessel by not fishing within one seine net length of this setting location. Fishing at this location can occur once the seine test vessel rings are up. For further details, refer to Appendix 7D (2018 Fraser Sockeye Commercial Fishery Restrictions in Designated Seine Test Fishing Locations) of the 2018 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for Southern BC at the following link: IFMP Southern: http://waves-vagues.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/40694306.pdf. If there is poor compliance identified on the grounds closures will be implemented within the test fishing area. For more information please contact the on-grounds DFO representative. 10. In Area 12, mooring in Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve will only be permitted 24 hours prior to a commercial opening. The west and east boundaries are identified by a 4x8 foot white sign with 3x3 foot orange sign in the centre. The location of the west boundary is 50 degrees 29.759 minutes N by 126 degrees 37.592 minutes W and the location of the east boundary is 50 degrees 29.107 minutes N by 126 degrees 30.365 minutes W. In addition vessels will not be permitted to moor in Robson Bight proper during commercial fishery openings. 11. Please note changes to transporting of salmon. Please see Part III of your conditions of licence for additional details. Instructions for the Salmon Transfer Log, and the Salmon Transfer Log may be found on our web page in section 'Additional Licensing Services Forms' at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/licence-permis/licence-commercial-eng.html. 12. As required by new US comparability requirements, all countries exporting fish and fish products to the United States must record marine mammal interactions in a consistent manner. As such, Canada has committed to updating licence conditions for all marine commercial and First Nation economic fisheries. The link to the online National form and instructions for filling in and reporting can be found here: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/mammals- mammiferes/documents/report/Fish-Harvester-Form-Eng.pdf For more information, please see FN0388. 13. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is monitoring seabird by-catch to determine potential impact on bird populations under current fishing effort and bird numbers. Fishers are requested to submit all dead birds entangled in nets to ECCC for species confirmation and DNA analysis to determine the colony of origin. Please call your local charter patrol to organize pick-up, drop carcasses off at a local DFO office, or contact ECCC directly by calling the Wild Bird Mortality Reporting Line 1-866-431-2473 (BIRD). Handle birds with gloves, double bag dead birds. Label bag with date, time, location, fishery opening and vessel name (Skipper name isn't needed). Alternatively, please send photographs of birds with a reference object such as a coin, and the date, time, location, fishery opening and vessel name to email@example.com. Questions: contact Laurie Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 604-862-8817). 14. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is interested in reports of sea turtles in BC waters. By documenting sightings we are able to learn more about how, when, and where these turtles are using our waters. If you see a sea turtle, please call this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663). Please include information such as the type of sea turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the location, and time of sighting. 15. Fishers should be advised that whales can be encountered in the fishing area. Fishers should take precautionary measures to avoid fishing near whales to avoid potential contact with fishing gear. If a whale becomes entangled in fishing gear, fishers should immediately call the Observe, Record, Report (ORR) line at 1-800-465-4336. Fishers are advised not to attempt to free the whale of the fishing gear as this can pose a serious threat to the safety of the fisher and the animal. 16. Fishing will not be permitted in the areas closed for rockfish conservation. These closures are listed on the DFO website at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/rca-acs/index-eng.html or can be accessed at DFO district offices. 17. Fishers are advised to notify local DFO managers or patrol vessels to report abandoned, lost, or entangled gear. The 24 hour toll-free phone-in line for fisheries notices is 1-866-431-3474. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Christine Bukta, Resource Manager (250) 286-5888 or christine.bukta@dfo- mpo.gc.ca
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0712
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