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FN0719-Recreational - Salmon: Somass River & Stamp River - Changes to salmon daily li

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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0719-Recreational - Salmon: Somass River & Stamp River - Changes to salmon daily limits and angling closures

Effective August 25 to December 31 in the Somass and Stamp Rivers the daily
limit is:
- two (2) chinook of which only one (1) may be greater than 77 cm and;
- two (2) coho, hatchery marked or unmarked
- the aggregate daily limit is four (4)

In order to protect pre-spawning salmon in the Stamp and Somass Rivers angling
closures are needed in portions of the river.

Effective until November 15 the following portion of the Stamp River is closed
to angling:
- from boundary signs located approximately 500 meters downstream of Stamp
River Falls fishway to boundary signs located approximately 200 m. upstream
(above) Stamp River Falls fishway.

Effective August 25 until November 15 the following portion of the Somass River
is closed to angling:
- from the tidal boundary at Papermill Dam on the Somass River to boundary
signs approximately 1.0 Km upstream (Falls Rd. Gravel Pit and the Southernmost
end of Collins Farm/Arrow Vale Campground-Hector Rd.).

Effective August 25 to October 31, the following portion of the Stamp River is
closed to angling:
- from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River located at the inlet to
the Stamp River (hatchery) lagoon continuing downstream approximately 750
meters to boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River and,

Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours October 14 the following
portion of the upper Stamp River is closed to all angling:
- from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River at the Power-line
Crossing downstream approximately 500 meters to boundary signs on either side
of the Stamp River at the inlet to the Stamp River (hatchery) lagoon.

Variation Orders: 2010-192, 2010-307 and 2010-347.

Anglers shall also note:
-there is a bait ban in effect on the Somass and Stamp Rivers. Bait may ONLY
be used September 15 to April 30 on both the Somass River and the Stamp River
(downstream of signs at “Girl Guide Falls”). Please note that the May 1 through
October 31 bait ban still applies to the tributaries of the Somass and Stamp
rivers.

Please note:
The use of single barbless hooks is mandatory in all streams within Region 1,
all fish foul hooked (i.e. hooked other than in the mouth) must be returned to
the river immediately, and any chinook salmon retained measuring in excess of
50 cm must be recorded on the reverse side of your Non-Tidal Angling Licence.
The above restrictions are in addition to any other closed area already in
place by regulation.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal
waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser
River.

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye. These fish are
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term “hatchery marked” means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head
Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped
chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical
information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head
Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all
fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing
information, can be found on the Internet at:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line
at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at (866) 431-
FISH.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Paul Preston, DFO Resource Manager – Port Alberni (250) 720 4452


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0719
Sent August 25, 2010 at 15:00
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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