Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0289-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - West Coast of Vancouver Island - Areas 21 to 27, 121 and 123 to 127 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective April 1, 2022


To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in recreational fisheries to support conservation of these stocks. This Fishery Notice provides the interim recreational fishery management measures to provide protection to at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks in Areas 121 to 127.  The interim measures to start the 2022 fishing season (beginning April 1, 2022) are the same measures that were in place at the beginning of last season. As these are interim measures, a further announcement on possible revised management actions will be announced in a subsequent fishery notice. 
 
The management measures for Fraser Chinook are outlined below. 
 
Area 121, as well as Areas 123 to 127 seaward of a Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile from the surfline:
 
00:01 hours April 1, 2022 until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, Chinook non-retention. 

For the full definition of the Boundary Line in Areas 123 to 127, please see the bottom of this fishery notice. 

Areas 21 - 27, and Areas 123-127 shoreward of the Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile from the surfline remain open for Chinook salmon retention.

Definition: Boundary Line for Areas 123 to 127

The Boundary Line is approximately one (1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline and is defined as follows:

A line that begins at Pacheena Point lighthouse at 48 degrees 43.327' N 125 
degrees 05.855' W
then to 48 degrees 42.456' N 125 degrees 06.583' W seaward of Pachena Point,
then to 48 degrees 46.420' N 125 degrees 13.997' W seaward of Cape Beale,
then to 48 degrees 54.572' N 125 degrees 33.622' W seaward of Amphitrite Point,
then to 49 degrees 05.100' N 125 degrees 54.646' W seaward of Cox Point,
then to 49 degrees 10.280' N 126 degrees 04.790' W seaward of Blunden Island,
then to 49 degrees 16.472' N 126 degrees 15.140' W seaward of Rafael Point,
then to 49 degrees 20.008' N 126 degrees 17.188' W seaward of Sydney Inlet,
then to 49 degrees 23.807' N 126 degrees 24.483' W seaward of Hesquiat Point,
then to 49 degrees 21.620' N 126 degrees 28.478' W seaward of Matlahaw Point,
then to 49 degrees 22.113' N 126 degrees 33.508' W seaward of Estevan Point, 
then to 49 degrees 23.869' N 126 degrees 35.333' W seaward of Homais Cove,
then to 49 degrees 27.766' N 126 degrees 35.971' W seaward of Split Cape,
then to 49 degrees 31.494' N 126 degrees 35.669' W seaward of Escalante Point,
then to 49 degrees 34.042' N 126 degrees 41.611' W seaward of Maquinna Point,
then to 49 degrees 36.254' N 126 degrees 50.538' W seaward of Bajo Point,
then to 49 degrees 39.892' N 126 degrees 55.125' W seaward of Skuna Bay,
then to 49 degrees 44.400' N 127 degrees 00.289' W seaward of Ferrer Point,
then to 49 degrees 50.767' N 127 degrees 10.151' W seaward of Tatchu Point,
then to 49 degrees 59.142' N 127 degrees 28.125' W seaward of Lookout Island,
then to 50 degrees 06.948' N 127 degrees 41.617' W seaward of  Jackobson Point,
then to 50 degrees 03.599' N 127 degrees 47.722' W seaward of  Clerke Point,
then to 50 degrees 05.868' N 127 degrees 57.906' W seaward of  Solander Island,
then to 50 degrees 19.284' N 128 degrees 00.130' W seaward of  Lawn Point,
then to 50 degrees 31.501' N 128 degrees 14.238' W seaward of  Topknot Point,
then to 50 degrees 35.683' N 128 degrees 19.249' W seaward of  Cape Palmerston,
then to 50 degrees 39.280' N 128 degrees 23.459' W seaward of  Winifred Island,
then to 50 degrees 41.116' N 128 degrees 24.166' W seaward of  Cape Russell,
then to 50 degrees 44.137' N 128 degrees 26.559' W seaward of  Strange Rock,
then to 50 degrees 47.926' N 128 degrees 27.363' W seaward of  Cape Scott,
then to Frederiksen Point.

Variation Order No. 2022-RFQ-064 in effect.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Refer to the following website link for a description of the Area and Subarea maps and for information on salmon non-retention areas and fishing closures: 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/areas-secteurs-eng.html

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 (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) that are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing.  Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as fin-fish 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.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-866-431-FISH (3474).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca. 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0289
Sent March 24, 2022 at 1026