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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0583-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine - Area B - Area 23 - Amendment to FN0577 - Alberni Inlet Sockeye - Opening

The involvement of the Area B seine fleet in the Alberni Inlet sockeye fishery
is dependent on the Area B Seine Harvest Committee developing and implementing
a fishing plan that limits the harvests of sockeye to weekly target
allocations.

The Department has been working with the Area B Harvest Committee to identify
the maximum number of vessels that will participate in this opening through the
Working Group process; if additional vessels participate in this fishery the
Department may not open the fishery.

A meeting of the Area 23 Salmon Harvest Committee was held on July 29 to
discuss further sockeye fishing opportunities in Alberni Inlet. No further run-
size re-forecasts will be made for the 2010 Somass sockeye stock.

This notice is an amendment to FN0577.

Area 23 - Alberni Inlet
Area B Seines open 24 hours, from 11:00 hours Monday, August 02 to 10:59 hours
Tuesday, August 03, or until the target catch is reached, in that portion of
Subarea 23-1 bounded in the north by a line from a boundary sign at the Argyle
Quay clock tower in Port Alberni harbour to a boundary sign on the opposite
shore of Alberni Inlet and in the south by a line from Dunsmuir Point light to
a point on the opposite shore at a light at the northern end of the China Creek
Marina breakwater.

Area B Seines open 10 hours, from 11:00 hours Tuesday, August 03 to 21:00 hours
Tuesday, August 03, or until the target catch is reached, in that portion of
Subarea 23-1 bounded in the north by a line from a boundary sign at the Argyle
Quay clock tower in Port Alberni harbour to a boundary sign on the opposite
shore of Alberni Inlet

Minimum bunt mesh size is 70 mm. The target species is sockeye, incidentally
caught Coho may be retained. Pink, Chum, Chinook and Steelhead may not be
retained. All catch must be brailed and the use of power skiffs is approved.
Variation Order No. 2010-SAL-23-SN-08

Vessel masters participating in this fishery should read their licence
conditions carefully. In 2010 there is mandatory dockside monitoring for all
sockeye seine openings in Alberni Inlet. Logbooks are mandatory and can be
obtained by phoning 1-877-280-3474. Fishers must hail their catch to a service
provider within 24 hours of the closure of the fishery.

DFO Port Alberni Fishery Officers or CCGC Atlin Post may request catch update
hails by radio during the fishery.

A large recreational fleet is expected to be fishing in and near the area open
to seine fishing. Vessel masters are requested to avoid fishing near
concentrations of recreational vessels and to travel at slow speed to minimize
wake height when transiting near recreational fishing boats.

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.

Fishers are requested to avoid fishing among birds and not to run the line 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Paul Preston (250) 720 4452

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0583
Sent August 3, 2010 at 09:11
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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