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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0660-Salmon: Fraser River Sockeye Update - August 15 - Areas 11 to 29

The Fraser River Panel met today to review stock assessment data on the Fraser
River sockeye runs, plan fisheries, and discuss sockeye migration conditions in
the Fraser River watershed. Test fishing data collected over the past several
days indicates increasing migration of Fraser sockeye through the marine
approach routes. Purse seine test fishing catches in Areas 12 and 20 were
strong over the last few days. DNA analyses indicate that the stock composition
of Fraser sockeye in the Areas 12 and 20 marine approach routes to the Fraser
River are ranging about 23-27% Early Summer-run, 29-45% Summer-run, and 30-41%
Late-run sockeye. The diversion rate of Fraser sockeye through Johnstone Strait
is currently estimated to be approximately 75%. The migration of sockeye past
Mission and Hells Gate has also been strong over the past several days. The
estimated total catch of Fraser sockeye to-date is 1,262,000 fish. Total
escapement past Mission is 2,812,000 for a total accounted to date of 4,074,000
fish.

The marine migration of Early Summer-run sockeye continues to be protracted
this season. At the meeting today, the current run size estimate of 2,000,000
Early Summer-run sockeye was increased to 2,400,000 fish. The 50% marine
migration timing of Early Summer-run sockeye through Area 20 is estimated to be
August 4. The estimated escapement of Early Summer-run sockeye past Mission
through August 14 is 1,200,000 fish.

The marine migration of Summer-run sockeye and particularly Chilko sockeye has
increased in recent days. At the meeting today, the Panel approved a run size
increase from 2,600,000 Summer-run sockeye to 3,000,000. The 50% marine
migration timing of Summer-run sockeye through Area 20 is August 10. The
estimated escapement of Summer-run sockeye past Mission through August 14 is
968,000 fish.

Late-run sockeye continue to comprise an increasing proportion of the sockeye
migrating through the marine approach areas and there are early indications
that approximately 500,000 of them are delaying in the lower Strait of Georgia
prior to entering the Fraser River. The gulf troll test fishery will be
starting Monday to conduct assessments of the abundance of Late-run sockeye
that are delaying their migration. A total abundance assessment for Late-run
sockeye should be available later this coming week. At the meeting today run
size estimate of 700,000 Harrison sockeye was unchanged with 50% marine timing
through Area 20 of August 4. The estimated escapement of Late-run sockeye past
Mission through August 14 is 715,000 fish.

On August 14 the discharge of the Fraser River at Hope was 2,840 cms, which is
20% below average for this date. The temperature of the Fraser River at Qualark
Creek on August 14 was 18.5 0C, which is 0.8 0C above average for this date.
Fraser River water temperatures at Qualark Creek are forecast to increase over
the next week. At the meeting today, after reviewing environmental and stock
assessment information, the Panel changed the management adjustment factor for
Early Summer-run sockeye to 0.8 and for Summer-run sockeye a management
adjustment factor was unchanged at 0.24. Management adjustments are employed to
help achieve spawning escapement targets for Fraser River sockeye.

The following fisheries are planned:

The Area B Seine fishery opens with new vessel quota levels in portions of Area
12 and 13 from 15:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs on Sunday, Aug 15, 2010. Then Monday, Aug
16 through Thursday, Aug 19 from 0600 hrs to 21:00 hrs daily in the same areas.
Seines also open in a portion of Area 20 from 06:00 hrs to 21:00 on Monday, Aug
16 to Thursday, Aug 19 daily. Please refer to the specific Fishery Notice for
further details.

The Area H Troll fishery remains open until further notice in portions of
Management Areas 12, 13, 18 and 29 with new vessel quota levels. Please refer
to the specific Fishery Notice for further details.

The Area D gill net fishery opens Monday August 16 at 18:00 hrs until Tuesday
August 17 at 14:00 hrs in portions of Areas 11, 12 and 13 with the exception of
Roller Bay which closes at 22:00 hrs on Tuesday, Aug 17. Please refer to the
specific Fishery Notice for more details on this opening.

Recreational fishing is open for sockeye retention in south coast marine areas
and in the Fraser River. Please refer to the specific Fishery Notices for
further details.

First Nation fisheries vary by areas with opportunities in marine and Fraser
River area; consult with local DFO offices for openings.

The next Fraser River Panel meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17th. A
further update will be provided on this date.

License E will be reviewed for possible opportunities on Monday with the next
update on Tuesday regarding further potential fishing opportunities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Barry Rosenberger 250-851-4892



Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0660
Sent August 15, 2010 at 15:19
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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