To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in commercial, recreational and First Nation's fisheries to support conservation and promote recovery of these stocks. This Fishery Notice details pilot Chinook recreational fishery management measures outside the migratory path of at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks for the 2020 fishing season in portions of Areas 12, 13, 15, and Subarea 20-5. These opportunities are contingent on regular data collection (DNA, CWT and catch reporting) and will be evaluated post-season. Additional opportunities will be considered around hatchery systems once in season abundance is assessed. Area 12: Subareas 12-27, 12-28, 12-35, 12-38, 12-40, and 12-43: 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm. That portion of 12-26 north of line from Dinner Point on Village Island (50°37.628'N, 126°30.322'W) across to a point on the opposite shore on Turnour Island (50° 37.536'N, 126°29.845' W); AND east of the Lower Clio RCA boundary line at 50°35.397'N, 126°31.982'W; 50°34.943'N, 126°32.080'W. 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm. That portion of 12-39 northeasterly of a line from Gordon Point on Broughton Island (50°45.885'N, 126°44.158'W) across to the RCA boundary on Eden Island (50°45.510'N, 126°42.831'W); AND those portions of Subarea 12-39 east of the Eden-Bonwick-Midsummer-Swanson Islands RCA: 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm. Area 13 (Portions of Bute Inlet and Ramsay Arm): That portion of Subarea 13-19 easterly of a line that runs from 50°19.584'N, 125°00.292'W (on Raza Island) due north to 50°20.545'N, 125°00.299'W (west of Frances Bay). 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm. Subarea 13-21: 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm. DFO Charter Patrol will be operating on the water throughout the season; recreational harvesters are asked to provide requested information and/or samples when approached. Area 13 (Campbell River Special Management Zone): In Subareas 13-3 and 13-5, those waters of Discovery Passage and Campbell River inside of a line starting at the fishing boundary sign at Orange Point located at 50° 04.392' north latitude by 125°16.608' west longitude, then northeasterly to a point in the middle of the channel located at 50°04.392' north latitude by 125°15.510' west longitude, then southeasterly to a point located at 50°00.507' north latitude by 125°12.859' west longitude, then southwesterly to the fishing boundary sign on the southern end of Hidden Harbour breakwater located at 50°00.504' north latitude by125°13.945' west longitude. 00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit. Reminder these waters are subject to other restrictions to fishing gear and motoring in certain areas. Please check your local regulations and 2020-21 tidal water Conditions of Licence for more details. Area 15 (portions of Toba Inlet): That portion of 15-5 north of a line from Tibbs Point on Raza Island (50°18.7312N 124°57.9802W) to Connis Point on West Redonda Island (50°18.2872N 124°55.1772W); AND northerly of a line from Dean Point West Redonda Island (50° 17.1468'N, 124° 47.172'W) across to a point on East Redonda Island (50°17.145'N, 124°46.989'W); AND westerly of a line from Brettell Point(50°19.5122N, 124°44.1522W) to Hepburn Point on East Redonda Island (50°18.5412N 124°44.1712W): 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm. That portion of Subarea 15-6 (in Toba Inlet) west of a line from a boundary sign at Snout Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore. 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm. Subarea 20-5 (portions of Becher Bay): That portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554'N, 123°37.768'W to 48°19.589'N, 123°36.533'W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700'N, 123°36.267'W, then to 48°19.633'N, 123°35.681'W 00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 31, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day hatchery-marked only. Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-0304 Fishers are reminded that minimum legal size limits apply and to check the species regulations for the areas being fished. Fishers are also reminded that local finfish closures, non-retention areas, and RCA's remain in effect and to check the area regulations for areas being fished. Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries: For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters. Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-190 Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia. 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 labeling 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 1-866- 483-9994 for further information. Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing. Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish 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 or by email at DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-866-431-FISH (3474). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Erika Watkins, ECVI Recreational Fisheries Manager, Erika.Watkins@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
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