Fishery Notice

FN0782-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Somass River - Region 1 - Sockeye Non-Retention - Effective August 2, 2022

Further to FN0416 and FN0652 the daily limit for Sockeye Salmon will be zero (0) per day effective 00:01 August 2, 2022 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-296 in effect.

On July 14, 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 850,000.

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

The term "marked", "hatchery marked", or "adipose fin clipped" means a 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.

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. 

Please contact Christie Morrison by emailing or calling 240-720-4440.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0782
Sent July 22, 2022 at 1523