Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - Salmon: Economic Opportunities
Subject:
FN1050-ABORIGINAL: Salmon - Economic Opportunities - Area 29 - Lower Fraser Area Sts'ailes/Scowlitz - Opening September 24, 2018


A commercial economic opportunity fishery is authorized for the Sts'ailes and 
Scowlitz First Nation for sockeye salmon using beach seine nets in the lower 
Fraser River. 

This fishery is open for beach seine nets daily Monday September 24, and 
Tuesday September 25, 2018 from 07:00 hours to 17:00 hours.  The fishery will 
take place from the Fraser River between the confluence of the Sumas River 
upstream to the Agassiz/Rosedale Bridge described as:

Those waters of the Fraser River bounded on the west by a line from a white 
boundary sign on the upstream side of the Fraser River at the mouth of the 
Sumas River, thence true north to a white boundary sign on the opposite shore 
and bounded on the east by the downstream side of the bridge across the Fraser 
River at Agassiz and those waters of the Harrison River downstream of the 
Highway Number 7 Bridge.

Only individuals designated by the Sts'ailes and Scowlitz 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.  The 
incidental catch of chum may be retained for sale.  There will be non-retention 
of hatchery marked sockeye, 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 - FN1050
Sent September 21, 2018 at 2016