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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0468-RECREATIONAL - Region 6 - Skeena River Recreational Creel Survey and Chinook Radio Tagging Study

Information to all anglers:

1) A Skeena River Recreational Salmon Creel Survey has been initiated along the
waters of the Skeena and Kitsumkalum Rivers. This joint survey will be carried
out by the Kitsumkalum First Nation, LGL Limited and Fisheries and Oceans
Canada (DFO).

The objective of the survey is to collect recreational salmon catch and effort
information - Chinook and Sockeye genetic and life history samples. Genetic
samples will be used to determine the origin and age of fish caught in the
recreational fishery. Heads collected from adipose fin clipped fish augment
the genetic stock composition data.

Anglers that catch a salmon missing its adipose fin are requested to remove the
head, complete a sport head label (available at a Sport Head Recovery Depot)
and submit the head to a local depot. For more information on the locations of
the recovery depots, please refer to DFO’s website www.pac.dfo-
mpo.ca.ca/recfish or call toll free 1-866-483-9994.

2) A Skeena Chinook Radio Tagging Program will be conducted in 2010. This
project will be a joint effort carried out by the Skeena Fisheries Commission
and LGL Limited.

The radio tagging program has multiple objectives including to determine the
distribution of spawning Chinook throughout the Skeena; to verify the existing
Skeena Chinook DNA baseline and compare them to observed spawning localities;
to compare the relative abundance of Chinook from the various spawning
localities to the abundance as determined by analysis of the Skeena Test
Fishery results from Tyee; and to provide information useful for estimating the
total Chinook escapement for the Skeena watershed.

If you catch and keep a Skeena chinook with a metal operculum (gill cover) tag
(labelled SFC for Skeena Fisheries Commission and a number) in the left
operculum (gill cover) and with a hole in the right operculum (gill cover),
remember to look for an antenna coming out of the mouth. Remove the internal
transmitter and the operculum tag and contact LGL Limited (1-866-221-3444), as
soon as possible.

Individuals returning transmitters to LGL along with information on time and
place of capture will be sent the tracking history of the fish, a hat and their
name will be entered into a $500 lottery once for each transmitter returned.

Anglers are requested to participate in surveys when approached by creel survey
samplers. The information collected is important to the proper management of
the fisheries within the region.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Prince Rupert 250-627-3020

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0468
Sent June 25, 2010 at 11:07
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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