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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0618-Salmon: Gill Net - Area E - Area 29- Fraser River Sockeye - Opening

Fraser River Sockeye:

At this time there is a limited opportunity for the Area E fleet.
Gill Nets open for 3 hours commencing at 14:00 hours Tuesday, August 10 to
17:00 hours Tuesday, August 10 in Subareas 29-11 to 29-17 and portions of
Subareas 29-3,29-4,29-6,29-7,29-9 and 29-10 known as the Fraser River Mouth.

The Fraser River Mouth is described as those waters off the mouth of the Fraser
River bounded on the west by a line from a fishing boundary sign on Point Grey
on the mainland, thence northerly to the Point Grey bell buoy, thence westerly
to the navigation buoy west of Point Grey, thence southwesterly to the
navigation buoy west of Sand Heads, thence southeasterly to the most westerly
point of the International boundary between Canada and the United States of
America in the Strait of Georgia, thence easterly along the International
Boundary to the mainland; and bounded on the east by a line commencing at a
fishing boundary sign located near the entrance to Canoe Passage, thence true
north to a fishing boundary sign on Westham Island, thence following the
shoreline of Westham and Reifel Island to the intersection of a line true north
and south through the navigation light at the westerly end of the Woodwards
Training Wall, thence true north to a fishing boundary sign on the shore of
Lulu island, thence following along the southerly shore of Lulu Island to Garry
Point, thence following the westerly shoreline to the most northwesterly point
of Lulu Island, thence to the most southwesterly point of Sea Island, thence
following the shoreline to the Iona Island Road, thence following the Iona
Island Road Causeway to the shoreline of Iona Island, thence following the
southerly and westerly shoreline of Iona Island and the North Arm Jetty to the
most westerly navigation light on the west end of the North Arm Jetty, thence
northeasterly to a boundary sign on Point Grey (the point of commencement).

This fishery has been planned in consultation with the Area E Harvest Committee
(AEHC) to harvest a limited allocation of sockeye. In order to meet this
objective, a maximum net length of 100 fathoms is in place for this opening.
This means that a maximum aggregate net length of 100 fathoms (approximately
187.5 metres) is on the drum of the vessel.

New for 2010 is the requirement for start and end fishing reports. Vessel
masters must, prior to leaving for the fishing grounds, phone AMR at 1-888-387-
0007 and provide a start fishing report. Refer to 2010 Area E Conditions of
Licence for more information including provisions for vessel masters using
electronic harvest logs.

V.O. # 2010-STN-GN-001

1. The target species for this fishery is sockeye salmon although retention of
Chinook, chum and pink salmon is permitted. Fishers are reminded mandatory non-
retention and non-possession of all coho, steelhead, and sturgeon are in effect.

2. Maximum mesh size is 140 mm (approximately 5.5 inches). Maximum depth 60
meshes. Maximum hang ratio 3:1. Maximum corkline to web distance 45 cm.

3. Fishers are reminded that a mandatory harvest log (paper harvest log or
electronic paper log) and catch reporting program is in place for the 2010
season. At the end of each fishing day prior to 08:00 hrs of the next day, the
vessel master must, as a condition of licence, report their catch by and record
their catch information in their Salmon Log Book. Note that a report is
required for all fishing activity even if no fish are caught. Please refer to
appropriate sections of the 2010 Area E Conditions of Licence and Logbook
instructions for the reporting format and requirements.

4. All vessels must have operating revival tanks that meet the specifications
as outlined in the 2010 Area E conditions of licence.

5. 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.

6. 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 or entangle 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 and if entanglement has

The next update on the progress of Fraser River sockeye runs will be on Monday,
August 9 in the PM following the next scheduled meeting of the Fraser River

Recorded updates for Area E fleet are available at (604) 666-2828.

Barbara Mueller, Resource Manager (604)666-2370

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0618
Sent August 6, 2010 at 16:56
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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Did I read that correctly, the fishery is open for a whopping 3 hours????

Is that all they require to get their EI cheques for the next year:D

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I hope they land a lot of fish during this 3 hour opening. I suspect they will as it wouldn't be worthwile otherwise.

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My thinking is they will, nothing better then laying net after net in front of the river for 3 hours.

Too bad the sockeye they harvest will result in a grocery store near you to make everyone and their dog feel like the DFO is doing a good job :D
Can't wait till next year, and the year after, when everyone scratches their head in disbelief when chum outnumber sockeye on the Fraser.
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