Fishery Notice

Category(s):
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COMMERCIAL - General Information
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish Trawl
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Halibut
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Other Hook and Line
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Rockfish Hook and Line
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Sablefish
COMMERCIAL - Groundfish: Sablefish Seamount
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Gill Net
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Herring - Roe: Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Herring Special Use
COMMERCIAL - Herring: Food and Bait
COMMERCIAL - Herring: Spawn on Kelp
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Intertidal
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Clam - Razor
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Crab
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Euphausiid
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Geoduck and Horseclam
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Goose Barnacle
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Oyster
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Prawn and Shrimp by Trap
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Scallop by Trawl
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Sea Cucumber
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Sea Urchin - Green
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Sea Urchin - Red
COMMERCIAL - Invertebrates: Shrimp Trawl
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Anchovy
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Eulachon
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Mackerel
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Perch
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Sardine (Pilchard)
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Smelt
COMMERCIAL - Pelagics: Tuna
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net - Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine - Test Fishery
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll - Test Fishery
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
RECREATIONAL - General Information
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0491-2020 Southern Resident Killer Whale Management Measures Under the Canada Shipping Act (Interim Order): Interim Sanctuary Zones


The Government of Canada recognizes that Southern Resident Killer Whales face imminent threats to their survival and recovery and has implemented measures to support 
the recovery of this endangered population.

On May 7, 2020, the Government announced a suite of management measures to be implemented this summer that help address the key threats of reduced prey availability 
(primarily Chinook Salmon) and acoustic and physical disturbance. On June 1, the Government of Canada issued an Interim Order under the Canada Shipping Act, effective 
on June 1, 2020, to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales from vessel disturbance. 

2020 Southern Resident Killer Whale management measures under the Canada Shipping Act (Interim Order) includes vessel management measures in certain areas in the Gulf 
Islands and Strait of Juan de Fuca, including Interim Sanctuary Zones located at Swiftsure Bank, off the east coast of Saturna Island, and south-west of North Pender 
Island - Effective June 1 to November 30, 2020. 

This includes the following commercial and recreational fishing activities: 

-all salmon by gill net, purse seine net and hook and line; 

-all pelagics by gill net, purse seine net and hook and line including: tuna, herring, sardine;

-all invertebrates  by diving, gill net, hand picking, hook and line, seine, trap and trawl net including: geoduck and horse clams, red sea urchin, green sea urchin, 
sea cucumber, euphausiid, intertidal clam, razor clam, shrimp, prawn, Pacific oyster, crab, scallop, octopus; 

-all groundfish by trap, mid-water trawl, bottom trawl, hook and line gear and jigging including: sablefish, halibut, rockfish, lingcod, dogfish, skate, sole, turbot, 
hake, cod and pollock.

-Some exceptions are provided for emergency response vessels and Indigenous persons engaged in certain activities i.e. these measures do not apply to Aboriginal 
Fishery licence holders.

-Vessels are prohibited from entering areas designated as Interim Sanctuary Zones. These zones are located at Swiftsure Bank, off the east coast of Saturna Island, and 
south-west of North Pender Island.

1. Saturna Island [Saturna Island Interim Sanctuary Zone]
Those portions of Subareas 18-5 and 18-11 off Saturna Island inside a line commencing on the shoreline of Saturna Island at 48°47.150'north latitude and 123°02.733' 
west longitude [North Boundary East Point], then northwesterly to a point in water at 48°47.367' north latitude and 123°02.915' west longitude [Thumbo Channel], thence 
northeasterly to a point in water at 48°47.617'north latitude and 123°02.483' west longitude [Northwest Corner (East of Thumbo Point)], thence southeasterly to a point 
in water at 48°47.473' north latitude and 123°01.975 west longitude [Northeast Corner(Boiling Reef)], thence southwesterly to a point in water at 48°46.558' north 
latitude and 123°03.147' west longitude [Boundary Pass], thence southwesterly to a point in water at 48°46.333' north latitude and 123°03.805' west longitude 
[Southeast Corner], thence westerly to a point in water at 48°46.350' north latitude and 123°05.150' west longitude [Southwest Corner(Narvaez Bay)], thence due north 
to a point in water at 48°46.683'N and 123°03.150'W [Fiddler's Cove], and thence northeasterly along the shoreline back to the point of commencement. 

2. Swiftsure Bank [Swiftsure Bank Interim Sanctuary Zone]
That portion of Subarea 121-1 inside a line commencing at a point in water located at 48°34.000'N and 125°06.000'W [Northwest Boundary] due east to a point in water 
located at 48°34.000'N and 124°54.200'W [Northeast Boundary], thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°32.100'N and 124°49.583'W [Southeast Boundary], thence due 
west to point in water located at 48°32.100'N and 125°01.760'W [Southwest Boundary], and thence northwesterly back to the point of commencement. [Swifture Bank Interim 
Sanctuary Zone]

3. Pender Island [Pender Island Interim Sanctuary Zone]
That portion of Subarea 18-4 west of Pender Island inside a line commencing at a point at 48°44.167'N and 123°13.917'W [Southeast Boundary (Wallace Point)] westerly to 
a point in water located at 48°44.153'N and 123°15.517'W [Southwest Boundary (Swanson Channel)], thence northwesterly to a point in water at 48°45.817'N and 123°
19.300'W [Northwest Boundary (Swanson Channel)], thence northeasterly to point at 48°46.217'N 123°18.867'W [Northeast Boundary(South of Thieves Bay)], and thence 
southeasterly in a straight line back to the point of commencement.

Some exceptions are provided including:

-If the vessel is being used to access a private residence, a commercial establishment or any other establishment providing  a service, if travel in the waters of the 
Interim Sanctuary Zone is the only practical means of doing so ;

-Human-powered vessels that are navigated at a distance of 20 metres or less from the shoreline;

-Vessels in distress or providing assistance to a person or vessel in distress;

-Vessels involved in pollution response operations;

-Vessels avoiding immediate or unforeseen danger;

-Vessels being used to fish for food, social or ceremonial purposes, or domestic purposes pursuant to a treaty within the meaning of section 35 of the Constitution 
Act, 1982, or under a licence issued under the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licence Regulations;

-Employees of the government of Canada and peace officers who are performing their duties or functions, or persons who are assisting them or who are otherwise present 
at the request of the Government of Canada;

-Persons acting in a manner authorized under the Species at Risk Act, Marine Mammal Regulations or Fishery (General)Regulations.

The Canada Shipping Act Interim Order also prohibits all vessels from approaching any killer whale within a 400-metre distance (with some exceptions). This prohibition 
applies in all southern BC coastal waters between Campbell River and just north of Ucluelet. For more information on the Interim Order, please visit: 

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/interim-order-protection-killer-whales-waters-southern-british-columbia.html

Variation Orders 2020-RCT-246 and 2020-247


The Southern Resident Killer Whale population is small and declining, with only 72 remaining, and is exposed to a number of anthropogenic threats, including underwater 
noise and disturbance from vessels. Given the imminent threats whales are facing, the Government is also asking vessel operators to respect the following voluntary 
measures:

-Stop fishing within 1,000 metres of killer whales and let them pass;

-Respect a "Go Slow" zone around whales by reducing speed to less than 7 knots when within 1,000 metres of a marine mammal; and

-Reduce noise by turning echo sounders and fish finders off when not in use, and turning engines to neutral idle when within 400 metres of a killer whale.

As per the Government of Canada announcement on May 7, 2020, additional fisheries management measures will come into force in the summer that will apply to commercial 
and recreational salmon fishing activities in the southern Gulf Island and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Specific dates will be announced in June. A separate Variation Order 
and Fishery Notice will be provided in advance of the in-effect date. For additional information please visit the following link: 

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/whales-baleines/srkw-measures-mesures-ers-eng.html 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Marine Mammal Team, Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO.SRKW-ERS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0491
Sent June 1, 2020 at 0919