Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - Salmon: Economic Opportunities
Subject:
FN0901-ABORIGINAL - Salmon: Economic Opportunities - Sockeye - Area 29 and Region 2 - Lower Fraser Area - Opening August 30, 2018


A commercial economic opportunity fishery is authorized for the Aitchelitz, 
Chawathil, Cheam, Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwaw-kwaw-apilt, Peters, Seabird Island, 
Shxwha:y, Shxw'ow'hamel, Skowkale, Skwah, Soowahlie, Squiala, Sumas, Tzeacten, 
Union Bar, and Yale First Nation for Sockeye salmon using set and drift gill 
nets in the lower Fraser River. 

This fishery is open for set nets from 06:00 hours, Thursday, August 30 to 
12:00 hours, Friday, August 31, 2018 and for drift nets from 06:00 hours to 
16:00 hours on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in the following area: portions of 
Area 29 and Region 2, the main stem of the Fraser River from the Port Mann 
Bridge to Sawmill Creek.

Only individuals designated by the Aitchelitz, Chawathil, Cheam, Katzie, 
Kwantlen, Kwaw-kwaw-apilt, Peters, Seabird Island, Shxwha:y, Shxw'ow'hamel, 
Skowkale, Skwah, Soowahlie, Squiala, Sumas, Tzeachten, Union Bar, Yale First 
Nation are authorized to participate in this fishery.  All aspects of the 
communal licence will be enforced. Fish harvesters are advised to contact their 
band for a copy of the conditions of their fishing licence.

Notes:

The target species in this fishery is Fraser River Sockeye salmon.  There will 
be non-retention of Chinook, Coho, steelhead and sturgeon. This fishery has 
been designed to address stocks of concern. All non-target species will be 
released back to the water alive and unharmed.
 
It is mandatory that all salmon retained under the authority of this licence be 
transported to the nearest landing station and made available for inspection.  
A monitor shall be present during all landing of catch to record the number and 
weight of each species of salmon delivered. 

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 laurie.wilson@canada.ca. 
Questions: contact Laurie Wilson (laurie.wilson@canada.ca, 604-862-8817).
        
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:

Sheldon Evers, Resource Manager - Fraser Interior Area at (604) 666-8049.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0901
Sent August 29, 2018 at 1617