Fishery Notice

FN1052-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook and Coho - Region 1 - Puntledge River - Chinook and Hatchery Marked Coho Salmon Retention

DFO hatchery staff are observing healthy returns of Chinook salmon to the 
Puntledge River. As a result terminal Chinook retention will be permitted to 
target these enhanced Chinook returns in the Puntledge River. Retention 
opportunities on hatchery marked Coho salmon will also be permitted. 

Effective 00:01 hours on September 24 until 23:59 hours on December 31, 2018 
the daily limit of Chinook salmon will be 2 per day and the daily limit of 
hatchery marked Coho salmon will be 1 per day in the following areas:

Puntledge River downstream from a fishing boundary sign located 75 m downstream 
of the weir at the lower hatchery (excluding the Morrison Creek closure).

Please note as per the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis, the 
Courtenay River is closed to fishing until Sept 30, 2018. 

Variation Orders: 2018-RFQ-498

More information on Region 1 recreational fisheries can be found on the 
recreational fisheries website at the address below.


This fishery could close on short notice, due to illegal fishing activities.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal 
waters of British Columbia.  

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked Sockeye.  These fish are 
hatchery raised Sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the 
numbers of Cultus Lake Sockeye.

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the 
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery 
program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and 
Coho salmon.  Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for 
coast-wide stock assessment.  Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program 
toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all 
finfishing.  Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing 
information, can be found on the Internet at:

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).

Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1052
Sent September 24, 2018 at 0916