Category(s):
COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine


Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0667-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine - Area B - Areas 12, 13 - Fraser River Sockeye - Opening Update

In 2010, Area B Seine Fraser River sockeye harvest opportunities will be
managed as an Individual Transferable Quota fishery and will be based on
available commercial TAC.

Following the August 17, 2010 meeting of the Fraser River Panel, additional
commercial TAC has been identified.

The Area B individual transferable quota share is 0.28698%, prior to any
reallocations that have been made. At this time the cumulative individual
quota in pieces for each Area B vessel is now 7,100 sockeye based on a share of
0.28698% and a commercial TAC of 2,474,126 sockeye. The cumulative individual
quota amount in pieces is the cumulative total for the season. Vessels must
have sufficient quota (i.e. quota amount in pieces less any harvests that have
occurred to date) and balance any previous overages prior to further fishing.

Area 12 (Upper Johnstone Strait)
Seines extended one additional day until Friday, August 20. Fishing times will
remain open from 06:00 hours until 21:00 hours daily in Subareas 12-1, a
portion of 12-2 (closed south or inside of a line from a boundary sign at 50
degrees 28.570 minutes north by 126 degrees 18.117 minutes west to a boundary
sign at 50 degrees 28.393 minutes north by 126 degrees 15.279 minutes west
(Adams River boundary)), 12-3 to 12-5, portions of 12-6 and 12-8 (bounded on
the west by a line 201 degrees true from Staples Island to a position 50
degrees 39.317 minutes north by 127 degrees 11.433 minutes west on the western
edge of the area marked as the kelp patch, bounded on the south from Graeme
Point on Malcolm Island to the above position, bounded on the east by a line
from Bold Head on Swanson Island to Wedge Island light thence to the most
northerly point of Wedge Island then to the most northerly island of the White
Cliff Islets and thence to Penfold Islet thence to Twin Islets, bounded on the
north by a line commencing at Twin Islets westerly 274 degrees true
intersecting the western boundary (kelp patch to Staples Island line). Minimum
bunt mesh size 70 mm. The use of power skiffs is not permitted.

Variation Order No. 2010-CR-SN-013

Area 13 (Lower Johnstone Strait)
Seines extended one additional day until Friday, August 20. Fishing times will
remain open from 06:00 hours until 21:00 hours daily in a portion of Subarea 13-
7 (northerly of a line from a boundary sign near Loggers Point at 50 degrees
12.530 minutes north, by 125 degrees 21.280 minutes west, thence 255 degrees
true to a boundary sign on Vancouver Island, at 50 degrees 12.070 minutes
north, by 125 degrees 23.090 minutes west, Subareas 13-8, 13-9, a portion of 13-
10 lying west of a line from Islet Point on Sonora Island, to a boundary sign
located at 50 degrees 16.760 minutes north by 125 degrees 22.780 minutes west,
a portion of 13-11 lying west of a line from Bodega Point on Quadra Island, to
a boundary sign at 50 degrees 16.390 minutes north, by 125 degrees 22.620
minutes west; and Subareas 13-27 to 13-32. Minimum bunt mesh 70 mm. The use of
power skiffs is not permitted.

Variation Order No. 2010-CR-SN-0013

Areas 12 and 13
The 0.5 nautical mile seine ribbon boundary is in effect in Areas 12 and 13
from Cracroft Point east to Brougham Point.

Variation Order No. 2010-CR-SN-013


The commercial TAC is for the purpose of calculating the individual
transferable quota amounts of Fraser sockeye for Area B and H vessels only.
The available commercial Fraser River sockeye TAC will be distributed over the
course of the fishery (in increments) rather than all at once and will be
announced by fishery notice and adjusted if necessary following Fraser Panel
meetings (usually Tuesday and Friday) depending on abundance and stock
composition. Each individual quota amount (in pieces) will change if the
available commercial TAC changes in-season. Announcements will also be made on
grounds.

It is the responsibility of the vessel master to cease fishing when the vessel
quota is achieved.

It is anticipated that seines will re-open next week even if to harvest any
remaining uncaught TAC.


NOTE:

1. The target species in this fishery is Fraser River sockeye, the incidental
catch of chum and pink may be retained in the areas open to fishing. There
will be non-retention of coho, chinook and steelhead. This fishery has been
designed to address stocks of concern constraints.

2. Seine vessel masters are reminded that a package of materials pertaining to
fishing in Area 13 is available from company representatives or the Charter
Patrol Vessels on the grounds; please ensure you acquire the package of
materials.

3. Seine vessel masters are reminded that logbooks, operating revival tanks and
brailing are mandatory as condition of their licence and are legal
requirements.

4. Vessel masters are reminded that test fishing vessels will be operating
during the fishery in Areas 12 and 13. In-season test fishing assessment
information in the marine approach areas is critical in estimating abundances
of returning Fraser River sockeye stocks and identifying available harvest
levels. Commercial fisheries must be structured and scheduled to ensure that
test fishing assessment information is not compromised. Priority access is
required for the seine test boats in the area where there are designated test
fishing locations. When a seine test fishing vessel is arriving to a
designated test fishing location to make a set and while making the set,
vessels must provide priority access to this seine test vessel. Fishing at
this location can occur once the seine test vessel rings are up. For further
details, refer to Appendix D of the Area B and Area H Fraser Sockeye ITQ
Fishery 2010 Guidelines provided in the Area B license package. If there is
poor compliance identified on the grounds closures will be implemented within
the test fishing area. For more information please contact the on-grounds
Charter Patrol or the DFO contact listed below.

5. Vessel masters must, prior to fishing, phone AMR at 1-888-387-0007 and
provide a start fishing report and announce their intention to fish.

6. At the end of each fishing day and prior to 08:00 hours of the next day, the
vessel master must, as a condition of licence, record their catch information
in their Salmon Log Book and report their catch by calling AMR at 1-888-387-
0007.

7. Within 24 hours of the end of a fishing trip and prior to commencing a
subsequent fishing trip, the vessel master shall phone in an End Fishing Report
by calling AMR at 1-888-387-0007. Should a vessel master decide not to fish
after having obtained a Trip Identification Number the vessel master shall
phone in a Trip Cancellation Report.

8. Catch validation is mandatory and individual licence holders are required to
make their own arrangements with a salmon offload observer service provider
authorized by the Department. Licence holders that plan to harvest sockeye
must register with the salmon offload observer service provider in advance of
the fishery to confirm arrangements. For further information contact J.O.
Thomas and Associates (ph: 1-866-930-4000).

9. Prior to any dockside landing of fish, the vessel master shall hail in to
the designated salmon offload observer service provider at 1-866-930-4000
between 06:00 hours and 18:00 hours seven days per week and provide the
following information:

- vessel name;
- vessel registration number;
- name and Fisher Identification Number of the vessel master
- contact phone number
- date, time, port and location of landing of the fish;
- name of fish buying station where fish are to be landed;
- product type
- estimated number of pieces by species
- area fished
- sub-area fished

A salmon offload observer shall be present during all offloading of catch to
record the number and weight of each species of salmon delivered. All salmon
shall be landed at one of the following locations: Campbell River, French
Creek, Greater Vancouver, Port Renfrew, Kelsey Bay, Nanaimo, Port Hardy, Port
McNeil, Quadra Island.

The vessel master shall deliver only to packers designated for the quota
fishery. The vessel master shall retain a copy of the validation record
provided by the packer at each delivery.

If the vessel leaves the quota fishery to fish in another fishery the catch
shall be offloaded and verified by a salmon offload observer prior to entering
the other fishery.

10. Quota will be transferable in whole or in part within Area B as well as
between Area H. Transfers to other gears are not allowed. Quota may be
reallocated as a percent (for the season) or by pieces (temporarily to cover an
overage). In all instances overages accrued in-season must be covered by a
quota reallocation, even if associated with a change in TAC. Reallocations
associated with overages must be made within 24 hrs of landing. In addition,
vessels will not be permitted to continue fishing (start fishing report) until
all overages are covered. Quota reallocation forms are posted on-line at:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ops/fm/.../Default_e.htm under the
heading “Application Forms”. Contact Rhonda Mair at 250-756-3371 for more
information.

11. In Area 12, mooring in Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve will
only be permitted 24 hours prior to a commercial opening. The west and east
boundaries are identified by a 4x8 foot white sign with 3x3 foot orange sign in
the centre. The location of the west boundary is 50 degrees 29.759 minutes N by
126 degrees 37.592 minutes W and the location of the east boundary is 50
degrees 29.107 minutes N by 126 degrees 30.365 minutes W. In addition vessels
will be not be permitted to moor in Robson Bight proper during commercial
fishery openings.

12. Fishers are reminded it is an offence under Section 7 of the Marine Mammals
Regulations to disturb marine mammals. Fishers are advised to follow the Be
Whale Wise: Marine Wildlife Guidelines for Boaters, Paddlers and Viewers (BWW)
which are available from local Fisheries Offices or on-line at
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/s...mmiferes/view-
observer-eng.htm to avoid disturbing local killer whales and other marine
mammals.

13. Fishers are requested to avoid fishing among birds and not to run the net
if birds are near the net. Fishers are requested to retain all dead birds
which are entangled and to release live and unharmed birds by placing them in
the water. Please check all birds for metal bird bands (rings) on the leg. If
a bird is banded please contact Laurie Wilson with the band number and capture
date and location at 1-866-431-2473 (BIRD) or by the email below. Handle birds
with gloves, double bag dead birds and label each bird with date, time, and
location and store them on ice. Please call your local charter patrol to
organize pick-up or drop them off at a local DFO office. Alternatively, please
send photographs of birds with a reference object such as a coin, and the date,
time and location to [email protected]. Your names and vessel names do
not need to be identified or included.

14. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is interested in reports of sea turtles in BC
waters. By documenting sightings we are able to learn more about how, when and
where these turtles are using our waters. If you see a sea turtle, please call
this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663). Please include
information such as the type of sea turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the
location, and time of sighting.


The next update will be made Friday, August 20 following the Fraser River Panel
call.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Matt Mortimer, Resource Manager (250)286-5814

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0667
Sent August 17, 2010 at 14:45
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