Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - Salmon: Economic Opportunities
Subject:
FN1080-ABORIGINAL: Salmon - Economic Opportunities - Area 29 - Lower Fraser Area - Open September 27, 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 beach seine nets in 
the lower Fraser River. 

This fishery is open for beach seine and shallow seine nets on Thursday 
September 27 and Friday September 28, 2018 from 08:00 hours to 17:00 hours 
daily, in the following areas: 

Beach seines: portions of Area 29, the mainstem of the Fraser River from the 
Port Mann Bridge to Sawmill Creek.

Shallow seines: the mainstem of the Fraser River from the Mission Bridge to the 
confluence with the Sumas River.

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.  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 - FN1080
Sent September 27, 2018 at 1556