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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0617-Salmon: Troll - Area H - Fraser River Sockeye - Areas 12, 13 - Fraser River Sockeye Opening

In 2010, Area H troll harvest opportunities for Fraser River sockeye will be
managed as an Individual Transferable Quota fishery and will be based on the
available commercial TAC.

Troll opens 0001 Sunday August 8, 2010, until further notice, in Sub-areas 12-
1, a portion of 12-2 (closed south or inside of a line from a boundary sign at
50 degrees 28.570 minutes north by 126 degrees 18.117 minutes west to a
boundary sign at 50 degrees 28.393 minutes north by 126 degrees 15.279 minutes
west (Adams River boundary)), 12-3 to 12-5, portions of 12-6 and 12-8 (bounded
on the west by a line from Graeme Point on Malcolm Island to Staples Island,
bounded on the east by a line from Bold Head on Swanson Island to Wedge Island
light thence to the most northerly point of Wedge Island then to the most
northerly island of the White Cliff Islets and thence to Penfold Islet thence
to Twin Islets, bounded on the north by a line commencing at Twin Islets
westerly 274 degrees true intersecting the western boundary (Graeme Point to
Staples Island line), 13-7 (excluding Deepwater Bay), 13-8, 13-9, a portion of
13-10 lying west of a line from Islet Point on Sonora Island to a boundary sign
located at 50 degrees 16.760 minutes north by 125 degrees 22.780 minutes west,
a portion of 13-11 lying west of a line from Bodega Point on Quadra Island to a
boundary sign at 50 degrees 16.390 minutes north by 125 degrees 22.620 minutes
west, 13-27 to 13-32, 18-1, 18-4, 18-11, 29-1 to 29-6.

Variation Order No. 2010-H-TR-01

The current Area H troll Fraser River sockeye directed fishery is being managed
as an Individual Transferable Quota fishery and is based on available
commercial TAC. The initial Area H individual transferable quota share is
0.05556%. At this time, prior to any reallocations, the individual quota for
each Area H vessel is 344 sockeye salmon based on a commercial TAC of 619,733.
This commercial TAC is for the purpose of calculating the individual quota for
Area B and H vessels. Each individual quota (in pieces) will change when the
available commercial TAC changes in-season. These changes will be communicated
via fishery notice, and by on grounds announcements.

The available commercial Fraser River sockeye TAC will be distributed over the
course of the fishery (in increments) rather than all at once and will be
announced by fishery notice and adjusted if necessary following Fraser Panel
meetings (usually Tuesday and Friday) depending on abundance and stock
composition. Announcements will also be made on grounds and via the Gulf Troll
information line.

It is the responsibility of the vessel master to cease fishing when the vessel
quota is achieved.

Notes:

1. The target species in this fishery is Fraser River sockeye, the incidental
catch of chum and pink may be retained in the areas open to fishing. There
will be non-retention of coho, chinook and steelhead. This fishery has been
designed to address constraints for stocks of concern.

2. In Area 12 fishing will be restricted to below Lewis Point until the end of
July in order to protect returning Nimpkish River sockeye.

3. Vessel masters are reminded that test fishing vessels will be operating
during the fishery in Areas 12 and 13. In-season test fishing assessment
information in the marine approach areas is critical in estimating abundances
of returning Fraser River sockeye stocks and identifying available harvest
levels. Commercial fisheries must be structured and scheduled to ensure that
test fishing assessment information is not compromised. Priority access is
required for the seine test boats in the area where there are designated test
fishing locations. When a seine test fishing vessel is arriving to a
designated test fishing location to make a set and while making the set,
gillnet and troll vessels must provide priority access to this seine test
vessel by not fishing within one seine net length of this setting location.
Fishing at this location can occur once the seine test vessel rings are up.
For further details, refer to Appendix D of the Area B and Area H Fraser
Sockeye ITQ Fishery 2010 Guidelines provided in the Area H Troll license
package. If there is poor compliance identified on the grounds closures will
be implemented within the test fishing area. For more information please
contact the on-grounds DFO representative.

4. Fishers must have a valid 2010/2011 Salmon Area H licence, complete with
Conditions of 2010/2011 Salmon Area H Licence.

5. Barbless hooks and operating revival tanks are requirements in this fishery.

6. Vessel masters must, prior to leaving for the fishing grounds, phone AMR at
1-888-387-0007 and provide a start fishing report and announce their intention
to fish.

7. At the end of each fishing day prior to 08:00hours of the next day, the
vessel master must, as a condition of licence, record their catch information
in their Salmon Log Book and report their catch by calling AMR at 1-888-387-
0007.

8. Within 24 hours of the end of a fishing trip and prior to commencing a
subsequent fishing trip, the vessel master shall phone in an End Fishing Report
by calling AMR at 1-888-387-0007. Should a vessel master decide not to fish
after having obtained a Trip Identification Number the vessel master shall
phone in a Trip Cancellation Report.

9. Catch validation is mandatory and individual licence holders are required to
make their own arrangements with a salmon offload observer service provider
authorized by the Department. Licence holders that plan to harvest sockeye
must register with the salmon offload observer service provider in advance of
the fishery to confirm arrangements. For further information contact J.O.
Thomas and Associates (ph: 1-866-930-4000).

10. Prior to any dockside landing of fish, the vessel master shall hail in to
the designated salmon offload observer service provider at 1-866-930-4000
between 06:00 h and 18:00 h seven days per week and provide the following
information:

- vessel name;
- vessel registration number;
- name and Fisher Identification Number of the vessel master
- contact phone number
- date, time, port and location of landing of the fish;
- name of fish buying station where fish are to be landed;
- product type
- estimated number of pieces by species
- area fished
- sub-area fished

A salmon offload observer shall be present during all offloading of catch to
record the number and weight of each species of salmon delivered. All salmon
shall be landed at one of the following locations: Campbell River, French
Creek, Greater Vancouver, Port Renfrew, Kelsey Bay, Nanaimo, Port Hardy, Port
McNeil, Quadra Island.

The vessel master shall deliver only to packers designated for the quota
fishery. The vessel master shall retain a copy of the validation record
provided by the packer at each delivery.

If the vessel leaves the quota fishery to fish in another fishery the catch
shall be offloaded and verified by a salmon offload observer prior to entering
the other fishery.

Quota will be transferable in whole or in part within Area B as well as between
Area H. Transfers to other gears are not allowed. Quota may be reallocated as
a percent (for the season) or by pieces (temporarily to cover an overage). In
all instances overages accrued in-season must be covered by a quota
reallocation, even if associated with an increase in TAC. Reallocations
associated with overages must be made within 24 hrs of landing and validating.
In addition, vessels will not be permitted to continue fishing (start fishing
report) until all overages are covered. Quota reallocation forms are posted on-
line at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ops/fm/Licensing/Default_e.htm under the
heading “Application Forms”. Contact Rhonda Mair at 250-756-3371 for more
information.

11. Catch prohibited on board the licensed vessel while fishing:

(1) No salmon of species that are not permitted to be retained under the
authority of this licence at the time and area being fished shall be on board
the licensed vessel.

(2) No quota species caught under the authority of another salmon licence shall
be on board the licensed vessel. For clarity, all quota species on board the
vessel shall be counted against the vessel’s Area H quota.

(3) Any fish that have been landed and validated.

(4) Subsections 2(1), 2(2) and 2(3) do not apply to fish being held temporarily
in revival tanks as required

12. Fishing will not be permitted in the areas closed for rockfish
conservation. These closures are listed on the DFO website at:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/Restricted_Areas/RCAs/default_e.htm or can
be accessed at DFO district offices.

13. In Area 12, mooring in Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve will
only be permitted 24 hours prior to a commercial opening. The west and east
boundaries are identified by a 4x8 foot white sign with 3x3 foot orange sign in
the centre. The location of the west boundary is 50 degrees 29.759 minutes N by
126 degrees 37.592 minutes W and the location of the east boundary is 50
degrees 29.107 minutes N by 126 degrees 30.365 minutes W. In addition vessels
will not be permitted to moor in Robson Bight proper during commercial fishery
openings.

14. Fishers are reminded it is an offence under Section 7 of the Marine Mammals
Regulations to disturb marine mammals. Fishers are advised to follow the Be
Whale Wise: Marine Wildlife Guidelines for Boaters, Paddlers and Viewers (BWW)
which are available from local Fisheries Offices or on-line at
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/species-especes/mammals-mammiferes/view-
observer-eng.htm to avoid disturbing local killer whales and other marine
mammals.

15. 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) or e-mail
[email protected]. Please include information such as the type of sea
turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the location, and time of sighting.

16. 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 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.

17. An information line for Area H licence holders has been set up for
communicating information and fishery notices (1-888-282-4731).

The next update will be Tuesday, August 10, 2010 following the next scheduled
meeting of the Fraser River Panel.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Brad Beaith 250-756-7190



Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0617
Sent August 6, 2010 at 16:52
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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