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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0664-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net - Area D - Areas 11, 12, 13 - Fraser River Sockeye - Opening Update

Additional commercial TAC has been identified at today’s Fraser River Panel
meeting, therefore the current Area D gill net fishery will remain open in the
areas and times as described below:

Area 11 and Portion of Area 12 (Roller Bay)
Gill Nets open
- 02 hours, 22:00 hours to 23:59 hours Tue Aug 17;
- 18 hours, 06:00 hours to 23:59 hours Wed Aug 18;
- 18 hours, 06:00 hours to 23:59 hours Thu Aug 19 and
- 14 hours, 06:00 hours to 20:00 hours Fri Aug 20

in Sub-area 11-1 and a portion of 11-2 westerly of line from Raynor Pt on the
mainland to the most westerly end of the Storm Islands, thence to the most
westerly pt on Pine Island, thence to Bright Island, a portion of Subarea 12-12
excluding those waters southerly of a line from Greeting Point on Nigei Island
to Cape James on Hope Island and A portion of Subarea 12-11 west of a line
commencing at the Scarlett Point light on Balaklava Island to Davey Rock and
west of a line from Nolan Point on Balaklava Island due south intersecting the
boundary line between Subareas 12-11 and 12-16.
Minimum mesh 100 mm. Maximum depth 90 meshes. Maximum hang ratio 3:1. Corkline
to web distance minimum 0 cm, maximum 1.5 m. V.O. # 2010-CR-GN-013, 2010-CR-GN-
014, 2010-CR-GN-015, 2010-CR-GN-016

Area 12 (Johnstone Straits)
Gill Nets extended 52 hours, 14:00 hours Tue Aug 17 to 18:00 hours Thu Aug 19
in Subareas 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 201 degrees true from Staples Island to a
position 50 degrees 39.317 minutes north by 127 degrees 11.433 minutes west on
the western edge of the area marked as the kelp patch, bounded on the south
from Graeme Point on Malcolm Island to the above position, 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 (kelp patch to Staples Island line). Minimum
mesh 100 mm. maximum depth 90 meshes. Maximum hang ratio 3:1. Corkline to web
distance minimum 0 cm, maximum 1.5 m. V.O. # 2010-CR-GN-017

Area 13
Gill Nets extended 52 hours, 14:00 Tue Aug 17 to 18:00 hours Thu Aug 19 in
Subareas 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 N by 125 degrees 22.780 minutes W, 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 N by 125 degrees 22.620 minutes W and 13-27 to 13-32.
Minimum mesh 100 mm. Maximum depth 90 meshes. Maximum hang ratio 3:1. Corkline
to web distance minimum 0 cm, maximum 1.5 m. V.O. # 2010-CR-GN-017

NOTE:
1. In the Roller Bay area (portion of Subareas 11-1, 11-2, 12-12, 12-11) gill
net set times are 45 minutes. In the Johnstone Straits area (Subareas 12-1, 12-
3 and 12-4, portion of 12-6, 12-8, portion of 13-7, 13-8, 13-9 and 13-27 to 13-
32), gill net set times are 60 minutes. All vessels must have operating revival
tanks that meet the specifications as outlined in the 2010 Area D conditions of
licence.

2. Gill net vessel masters are reminded of the mandatory non-retention and non-
possession of coho, chinook and steelhead.

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. 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. At the end of each fishing day prior to 08:00 hours 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.

5. Vessel masters must, prior to commencing fishing, phone AMR at 1-888-387-
0007 and provide a start fishing report and announce their intention to fish.

6. 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.

7. Gill net vessel masters are reminded that logbooks, operating revival tanks
and one hour set times (except the Roller bay area) are mandatory as condition
of their licence and are legal requirements.

8. Mooring in Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve will only be
permitted 24 hours prior to a legal 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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 (e.g.,
leatherback), the location, time of sighting and if entanglement has occurred.

Considerations for further extensions are dependant on catch rates and
available TAC. An announcement regarding any further extensions will be
confirmed in the pm Thursday, August 19, 2010.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kent Spencer, Resource Manager (250)286-5885

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0664
Sent August 17, 2010 at 13:41
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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