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Subject: FN0569-RECREATIONAL - SALMON: Sockeye Hook & Release Pilot Mortality Study

The Fraser Salmon & Watershed Program (FSWP) in conjunction with the Department
of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) is conducting the third year of a sockeye hook and
release study in the Fraser River to determine the short term (24 hour)
mortality of sockeye caught and released in recreational fisheries.

A contract biologist, Jim Thomas of JO Thomas & Associates (JOT), will be
responsible for the operational aspects of the study.

We are seeking interested volunteers to assist us in the study. We need
approximately 35 anglers each day of the study. If you are interested please
join us at the location and time noted below. There is no need to sign up,
just come on down.

Study Design: fish will be caught by the usual recreational fishing methods and
also by beach seine. Sockeye health will be assessed and the fish will be
tagged and placed into a net pen and held for 24 hours. After the 24 hour
period the fish health will be assessed again and they will be released. In
addition, up to 200 radio tags will be applied to the sockeye and immediately

Species and Amounts: the goal is to catch up to 800 sockeye by angling and
beach seine methods. All live sockeye will be released after the 24 hour

Meeting Location and Time: Island 22 boat launch each day of the study at 7:30
AM. Please make sure you park in the appropriate parking area for your vehicle
type. Limited transportation to the study area will be available for those
without boats.

Location of Study: Grassy Bar – a portion of the bar will be marked off and
used solely for the purpose of the study.

Timing of Study: three 5 day time periods August 9-13, August 16-20 and August
23-27. Note: This schedule may be changed if a recreational sockeye retention
fishery is announced and a further fishery notice will be released.

Given the varying weather conditions we’ve experienced please make sure you are
prepared and bring enough liquids to keep yourself hydrated. You may also need
rain jackets, sunscreen, bug repellant and a hat.

Similar to previous years you need to provide your rod, reel and line and if
you want your terminal tackle. If you prefer we will have a selection of
hooks, corkies, weights, leader and wool available.

We're looking for volunteer anglers of all experience levels so come on out and
join us.

For information on year one results please visit:


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 (800) 465-4336.

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0569
Sent July 28, 2010 at 10:57
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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