Fishery Notice

FN0652-RECREATIONAL Salmon - Sockeye - Region 1- Somass River - Daily Limit Change - Effective Immediately

Effective immediately until further notice the daily limit for Sockeye Salmon will be two(2) per day in the following area:

That portion of the Somass River located approximately 200 meters above and 150 metres below the island near the boat launch at Somass Park near Service Road.

Variation Order # 2022-RFQ-274 in effect.

On June 23, 2022 DFO staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass Sockeye. The attendees at these meeting included representatives from the Maa-nulth, Tseshaht, and Hupacasath First Nations, and stakeholders from the commercial gillnet and seine fishery, and the Alberni Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee. The Somass Sockeye run size has been upgraded to 550,000, and additional fishing opportunities will be available for all sectors.
The Somass Sockeye in-season stock assessment program will be in place in 2022. This program collects escapement, test fishing, catch and environmental information on a weekly basis. This information is collected and a reforecast will be made weekly every Thursday for the duration of the season.


Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of British Columbia.  

The term "marked" means a hatchery fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Fishers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from hatchery marked Chinook and Coho Salmon to head depots. New 2022 condition of license for Chinook and Coho head-off length equivalents support participation. The head-off measurement can be used by enforcement officers to assess compliance on size limits if you remove the head from Chinook or Coho. Recovery of microscopic coded-wire tags found inside hatchery marked Chinook and Coho heads provide critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information

Consult the online BC Sport Fish Guide at for the latest closures, regulations, and restrictions.

All anglers must have a licence to fish in tidal waters in BC. Apply for your BC tidal waters recreational fishing licence and salmon conservation stamp at

Report suspicious activity or violations by email at or by calling the 24-hour, toll-free Observe, Record, and Report line at 1-800-465-4336 or 604-607-4186 in greater Vancouver.

The 24-hour, toll-free information line for fishery notices regarding openings and closures is 1-866-431-3474 or 604-666-2828 in greater Vancouver. 

Contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at (250) 720-4440 or visit our website at


Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0652
Sent June 27, 2022 at 1438