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FN0580-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish: Prawn and Shrimp by Trap - Areas 17, 19 & 23 - Closi


Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0580-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish: Prawn and Shrimp by Trap - Areas 17, 19 & 23 - Closing - Amendment to FN0536

Amendment to FN0536: Correction to December closure dates. Corrected
from "Dec. 1, 2009" to "Dec. 1, 2010".

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Fishers are advised that the harvest of
prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close in the
following Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area

1. Subareas 17-5, 17-6, and 17-9 (Stuart Channel);
2. Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 inclusive (Saanich Inlet);
3. Subareas 23-1 to 23-3 inclusive (Alberni Canal).

These areas will be closed for the following periods:

- from 00:01 hours Sept. 7 until 23:59 hours Sept. 15, 2010;
- from 00:01 hours Oct. 1 until 23:59 hours Oct. 15, 2010;
- from 00:01 hours Nov. 1 until 23:59 hours Nov. 15, 2010;
- from 00:01 Dec. 1, 2010 until 23:59 hours Dec. 15, 2010;
- from 00:01 hours Jan. 1 until further notice based on spawner index testing.

The strategy of alternating closures and openings referred to as "pulse
fishing" has been reviewed and supported by the Sport Fishing Advisory Board
(SFAB) Groundfish/Shellfish Subcommittee and the SFAB main board, by the
elected industry representatives of the Prawn Commercial Caucus, and by First
Nations in the subject areas. As part of the overall management of these high
use areas, spawner index surveys are undertaken. Following October surveys,
decisions will be made and announced by early December on the possibility of
further openings or the need for winter closure from January 1 through to March
31, 2011 to allow the spawning cycle to complete.

Recreational prawn fishing in all other coastal areas remain open until further
notice subject to the results of spawner index testing which will be conducted
in October-November. Results will be announced by early December.

These actions are in accordance with the Recreational Harvest Plan, Appendix 2
of the 2010-11 Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Integrated Fishery Management Plan.
Refer to the 2009 to 2011 B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for further
information on daily bag, possession and trap limits.

Variation Order Number 2010-313. Variation Order Number 2010-11 is revoked.

For further information contact Laurie Convey (250) 756-7233, Dave Fogtmann
(250) 339-3799, or Joe Knight (250) 286-5895.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0580
Sent July 30, 2010 at 13:22
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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