Fishery Notice

Category(s):
COMMERCIAL - Herring: Spawn on Kelp
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Gill Net
Subject:
FN0227-COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Strait of Georgia - Update March 15, 2019


ROE HERRING INFORMATION BULLETIN: 23

DATE: March 15, 2019

AREA 14
Shelter Pt to Cape Lazo-------No recent soundings
E.C. Denman Island------------Mar 11: 10,000 tons
Lambert Ch. to Chrome Is------Mar 11: 36,000 Tons
E.C. Hornby Is----------------No recent soundings
Tribune Bay/Lower Hornby------Mar 12: 400 tons
Upper Baynes Sd---------------Mar 12: scratches
Lower Baynes Sd---------------Mar 12: 700 tons
Mapleguard to Nile Cr---------No recent soundings
Nile Creek to French Cr-------Mar 15: 25,000 tons 
French Cr to NW Bay-----------Mar 15: 10,000 tons

Total 14: 90,000 tons (peak estimate), assessment incomplete

AREA 17 NORTH
Dorcas Pt/Schooner Cove-------Not assessed
Inner Nanoose-----------------Not assessed
Outer Nanoose-----------------Mar 15: 1,000 tons
Blunden to Neck Point---------Mar 15: 900 tons
Neck Pt to Dodd Narrows-------Mar 15: assessing
TOTAL AREA 17N:  5,000 tons (peak estimate), assessment incomplete

AREA 17 SOUTH-----------------March 15: Assessing

Total Area 17: 5,000 tons (peak estimate), assessment incomplete

TOTAL STRAIT OF GEORGIA: 95,000 tons (peak estimate), assessment incomplete.

The DFO Management Platform Canadian Shore charter ended last night (March 14) 
and DFO Resource Managers have left the grounds. There has been no roe herring 
seine fishing since March 13. The roe herring seine fishery will close today, 
March 15 at 16:00 hours and a separate fishery notice will be issued. The total 
catch to date for the Strait of Georgia roe herring seine fishery is estimated 
at 7,150 tons of the 8,311 ton quota. Some fish remains to be validated.

The roe herring gill net fishery opened at 07:30 hours this morning, March 15. 
Fishing is ongoing along the NE shoreline of Denman Island. No catch estimates 
as of yet. 

A spawn flight departed at 9:30 hours this morning from Nanaimo. Spawn 
observations: Cape Lazo - 0.25 nm medium-heavy; Comox Bar to top of Denman 
Island - 1.6 nm light; NE tip of Denman Island - 1.0 nm heavy; Komas Bluff - 
1.8 nm heavy; Fillongley - patchy light to medium spawn. Total length of spawn 
observed on flight was approximately 5.8 nm. The next spawn flight is scheduled 
for tomorrow, March 16 at 9:45 a.m. departing from Nanaimo.   

Industry vessel Western King is assessing Nanoose to Mapleguard today and 
tomorrow and will end assessment work tomorrow night.
  
Test vessel Denman Isle assessed in Area 15 around Powell River to Lund over 
the last 2 days. There is an estimated 3,500-5,000 tons in the area. Two test 
sets were completed: south of the Powell River pulp mill with 16.5 cm fish, 
2.3% roe and some spawned out; Dinner Rock with 17.1 cm fish and 5.3% roe. Both 
samples had a high proportion of juveniles. Denman Isle will be assessing south 
of Nanaimo in Area 17 for the remainder of its' charter, which is scheduled to 
end on March 18. 

Assessment and tonnage estimates are incomplete.

ROE TEST CODE:Date;Location;roe yield;fish size;males:females;#1-#2-#3-#spawned-
#juvenile;(roe weight gm:fish weight gm)

PUBLIC HEALTH AND AQUACULTURE:

Vessel Masters are reminded that there are numerous clam and oyster leases in 
Baynes Sound. Disposal of human waste into waters near shellfish harvest areas 
creates potentially serious health risks for shellfish consumers. The discharge 
of untreated sewage into all Canadian inland waters and Canadian coastal waters 
within 3 nautical miles of land is banned under the Canada Shipping Act. 
Vessels participating in the herring fishery are required to abide by sewage 
discharge regulations and are requested to minimize impact to aquaculture sites 
by utilizing marinas, anchoring in existing sanitary closures and minimizing 
congregations of vessels near shellfish aquaculture sites as much as possible.

NANAIMO HARBOUR NOTICE:

TO ALL CFVs participating in the HERRING FISHERY IN AND AROUND THE NANAIMO AREA 
in FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
 
Please be advised that the EAST SIDE of the Concrete pier (Visiting Vessel 
Pier) is closed to all Transient Vessel Traffic. The east side is the outside 
of the Pier, the side closet to Protection/ Newcastle Islands.
 
Under NO circumstances are ANY TRANSIENT vessels allowed to tie on that side. 
This includes CFVs.
 
All CFVs are required to HAIL the Marina Office on VHF Channel 67 or call in by 
phone at 250-754-5053 for moorage assignment


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Bryan Rusch (250) 618-4066

Or 

Amber Neuman (250) 618-1022

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0227
Sent March 15, 2019 at 1446