Fishery Notice

Category(s):
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll
RECREATIONAL - General Information
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0762-Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery - Salmon Fishing Closures - Effective August 1 until October 31, 2020 - Amendment to FN0561


This notice amends FN0561 to provide clarification of the 2020 Southern Resident Killer Whale management measures. The full updated notice follows.

This notice provides information on planned fisheries management measures for the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales that will be in place from 00:01 hours 
August 1 until 23:59 October 31, 2020.

For management measures for Fraser Chinook stocks Southern British Columbia, please reference 
https://www.canada.ca/en/fisheries-oceans/news/2020/06/government-of-canada-takes-action-to-address-threats-to-struggling-fraser-river-chinook.html

Juan de Fuca Strait:
 
In Subareas 20-3 and 20-4, and that portion of Subarea 121-1 inside a line drawn from Bonilla Point Light at 48°35.732' N and 124°43.063' W, then southwesterly to a 
point at 48°29.618' N latitude and 124°43.553' W, then northwesterly to a point at 48°34.000' N and 124°54.200' W, then northeasterly back to the point of 
commencement, there will be no fishing for salmon (including Recreational and Commercial fisheries) from August 1, until October 31, 2020.

In addition, all fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1, until November 30, 2020 in the Interim Sanctuary Zone located in portions of Subareas 121-1 
and 121-2. More information on this area can be found in Fisheries Notice FN0491. 

Gulf Islands (Pender Islands):

In Subarea 18-9 and those portions of Subareas 18-2, and 18-4 inside a line drawn from a point located along Wallace Point on North Pender Island at 48°44.167' north 
latitude and 123°13.917' west longitude southwesterly across Swanson Channel to a point located on the shoreline of Moresby Island at Parkin Point located at 48°
43.885' north latitude and 123°18.666' west longitude, thence northwesterly to northeastern extremity of Beaver Point on Saltspring Island at 48°46.518' north latitude 
and 123°21.997' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point along the eastern shoreline of Prevost Island at 48°49.285' north latitude and 123°21.301' west 
longitude, thence northerly along the shoreline to 48°49.656' north latitude and 123°21.110' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly along the shoreline around 
Portlock Point to 48°49.944' north latitude and 123°21.468' west longitude, thence northerly across Trincomali Channel to a point on Galiano Island located at 48°
51.583' north latitude and 123°21.128' west longitude, thence across Active Pass to Helen Point on Mayne Island at 48°51.449' north latitude and 123°20.719' west 
longitude, thence southerly along the shoreline to the western extremity of Dinner Point at 48°50.010' north latitude and 123°19.675' west longitude, thence southerly, 
across to Stanley Point on North Pender Island located at 48°49.141' north latitude and 123°19.632' west longitude, and thence southerly and easterly along the 
shoreline of North Pender Island back to the point of commencement there will be no fishing for salmon (including Recreational and Commercial fisheries) from August 1, 
2020 until October 31, 2020.  

In addition, all fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1, until November 30, 2020 in the Interim Sanctuary Zone located in a portion of Subarea 18-4. 
More information on this area can be found in Fisheries Notice 0491.

Gulf Islands (Saturna Island):
  
In portions of Subareas 18-4, 18-5 and 18-11 inside a line drawn from Murder Point on Saturna Island located at 48°45.811' north latitude and 123°09.318' west 
longitude easterly and northerly along the shoreline to a point on northern shoreline of East Point 48°47.150'north latitude and 123°02.733' west longitude, thence 
northwesterly to a point in water at 48°47.367' north latitude and 123° 02.915' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point in water at 48°47.617'north latitude 
and 123°02.483' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°47.473' north latitude and 123°01.975 west longitude, then southwesterly to a point in 
water at 48°46.558' north latitude and 123°03.147' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point in water intersecting with the international boundary with the 
United States of America at 48°44.866' north latitude and 123°04.638' west longitude, then southwesterly along the international boundary with the United States of 
America to a point in water located at 48°42.928' north latitude and 123°11.505' west longitude, then northeasterly in a straight line back to the point of 
commencement there will be no fishing for salmon (including Recreational and Commercial fisheries) from August 1, until October 31, 2020.

In addition, all fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1 until November 30, 2020 in the Interim Sanctuary Zone located in portions of Subarea 18-5 and 
18-11. More information on this area can be found in Fisheries Notice FN0491.

Variation Order: 2020-RCT-0312


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 killer whales; 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.


For further information on the suite of Southern Resident Killer Whale 
mandatory and voluntary management measures, please visit: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/whales-baleines/srkw-measures-mesures-ers-eng.html 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Marine Mammal Team 
DFO.SRKW-ERS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0762
Sent July 31, 2020 at 1651