Fishery Notice

Category(s):
ABORIGINAL - General Information
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll
RECREATIONAL - General Information
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0638-Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery - Salmon Fishing Closures in the Southern Gulf Islands - Effective July 4, 2021 until October 31, 2021


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 July 4, 2021 until 23:59 October 31, 2021.


Gulf Islands (Pender Islands):
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 July 4, 2021 until October 31, 2021, except: 

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 back to the point of commencement. [Pender Island Interim Sanctuary Zone]
In addition, all fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1, 2021 until November 30, 2021 in the Interim Sanctuary Zone located in a portion of Subarea 18-4. More information on this area can be found in Fisheries Notice FN0519.


Gulf Islands (Saturna Island):
  
The portions of Subareas 18-4 and 18-5 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 July 4, 2021 until October 31, 2021, except:

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°05.150'W [Fiddler's Cove], and thence northeasterly along the shoreline back to the point of commencement. [Saturna Island Interim Sanctuary Zone]

Variation Order: 2021-RCT-371


In addition, all fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1 until November 30, 2021 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 FN0519.

In addition, fishing is prohibiting in the following areas on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in support of Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery:

All fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1, 2021 until November 30, 2021 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 FN0519.

Commercial and recreational salmon fishing is prohibited in a portion of Subarea 121-1 from July 16 until October 31, 2021, and in Subareas 20-3 and 20-4 from August 1 until October 31, 2021. A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be provided in advance of the effective dates.
 
The Southern Resident Killer Whale population is small and declining, with only 75 remaining, and is exposed to a number of anthropogenic threats, including underwater noise and disturbance from vessels. Given the imminent threats the whales are facing, the Government is also asking vessel operators to respect the following voluntary measures:
- Stop fishing (do not haul gear) within 1,000 metres of killer whales and let them pass;
- Reduce speed to less than 7 knots when within 1000m of the nearest marine mammal;
- When safe to do so, turn off echo sounders and fish finders; and 
- Place engine in neutral idle and allow animals to pass if your vessel is not in compliance with the approach distance regulations

For further information on the suite of Southern Resident Killer Whale mandatory and voluntary management measures, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/southern-resident-killer-whales. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0638
Sent July 2, 2021 at 1354