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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0587-Salmon: Fraser River Sockeye Update - August 3 - Areas 11 to 29

The Fraser River Panel met today to review stock assessment data on the Fraser
River sockeye runs, discuss fishery planning, and receive an update regarding
migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed. Test fishing catches in the
marine assessment areas have been fluctuating recently but have generally been
good for this time of year. The diversion rate of Fraser sockeye through
Johnstone Strait is currently estimated to be approximately 50%. There has been
a strong migration of sockeye observed at Hells Gate and the fish have been
reported to be in good condition over the past week.

The abundance of Early Summer-run sockeye currently migrating through the
marine approach areas is tracking above expectations and later than expected.
For management purposes, the Panel has adopted a provisional run size estimate
of 950,000 Early Summer-run sockeye. The estimated escapement of Early Summer-
run sockeye past Mission through August 2 is 423,000 fish.

Based on the observed migration of Summer-run sockeye through the marine
approach routes to-date, assessments of abundance are less than expected if
their arrival timing is similar to pre-season expectations. Based on later run
timing for Early Stuart and Early Summer runs, Summer-run stocks may be
migrating later than expected but it is too early to confirm run size.
Proportions of Summer run stocks are approximately 30-40% of marine test
fisheries catches. The estimated escapement of Summer-run sockeye past Mission
through August 2 is 218,000 fish.

The Late-run sockeye forecast range is 5 million to 12 million with a mid-point
estimate of 8 million fish (Late Shuswap, Cultus, Portage, Harrison, Weaver,
and Birkenhead stocks). Late-run sockeye returns are forecast to originate
primarily from the Late Shuswap stock group. The expected 50% migration timing
of Late-run sockeye through Area 20 is approximately mid August. For management
purposes, the Panel adopted a provisional run size estimate of 400,000 Harrison
sockeye at the meeting today. In recent years, Harrison sockeye have exhibited
earlier marine timing than other Late-run sockeye stocks. Assessments of Late-
run sockeye timing, abundance, delay in the lower Strait of Georgia and in-
river entry behaviour will be conducted over the next several weeks. The
estimated escapement of Late-run sockeye past Mission through August 2 is
247,000 fish, most of which are Harrison.

On August 2 the discharge of the Fraser River at Hope was about 3,280 cms,
which is 23% below average for this date. The temperature of the Fraser River
at Qualark Creek on August 2 was 18.8 0C, which is 1.2 0C above average for
this date. The temperatures are much less than had been forecast on Friday.
Temperatures are forecast to rise to 20C then drop back to 18.6C by August
11th. Sustained water temperatures in this range can cause severe stress to
migrating sockeye and may lead to substantial en route mortality. Migration
conditions for Fraser sockeye will be monitored closely over the next several
weeks and appropriate management actions will be taken. Management adjustments
are employed to help achieve spawning escapement targets for Fraser River
sockeye.


The following fisheries are planned:

Licence Area B seine will open daily from 6 AM to 9PM on Thursday, August 5,
and Friday, August 6, in portions of Management Area 12 and 13. Check separate
Fishery Notice for further details.

Licence Area D gill net will open 6 AM to 3PM in portions of Management Areas
11, 12 and 13. Check separate fishery notice for further details.

Area E gill net remains closed at this time, next update regarding potential
opportunities will be Friday, August 6.

Area H troll remains closed at this time at the recommendation of the Area H
Harvest Committee, next update regarding potential opportunities will be
Friday, August 6.

South Coast marine areas, including the tidal portion of the Fraser River,
recreational fisheries will open beginning Thursday, August 5. Check separate
fishery notices for further details.

First Nation food, social and ceremonial fisheries vary by areas with
opportunities in marine areas, lower Fraser and portions of the BC interior
area, consult with local DFO offices for openings. Window closure restrictions
are still in effect in portions of the BC Interior area at this time. Refer to
the 2010 Southern B.C. Salmon IFMP for details on the timing dates for these
closures.

The next Fraser River Panel meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 6th. A
further update will be provided on this date.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Barry Rosenberger 250-851-4892

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0587
Sent August 3, 2010 at 15:44
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 

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Please correct me if I'm wrong but as I read this I come to understand this as.... First Nations take the sockeye that they want, Comercial get their sockeye opening, but as a licence paying sport fisher I get NOTHING?
 

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...South Coast marine areas, including the tidal portion of the Fraser River,
recreational fisheries will open beginning Thursday, August 5. Check separate
fishery notices for further details...

As I read this I understand that sockeye fishing should open on thursday Aug 5 for recreational, am I right? couln't find any more info on dfo site...
 

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As this notice states Sockeye will be open on Thursday to sports fishing but only in the tidal portion of the Fraser River, which means below the Mission Bridge.
 

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time to get out the bag of flashers and little pink hootchies. Good to see the saltwater open where the fish actually bite instead of just the floss fishery.
I do believe Saturday morning will be a gong show upstream of the mission bridge if all goes as DFO plans. Most likely followed by an in river commercial gill net fishery early next week.
Can't wait to see what happens
 
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