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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0751-Salmon: Seine, Gillnet and Troll - Area B, D, & H - Area 14 to 19 - Mid Vancouver Island Chum Update

Mid Vancouver Island Chum (Areas 14 to 19)

The Chum Working Group met by conference call on October 9, 2008 to review
stock status information and discuss any potential chum fishing opportunities
for the coming week.

Area 14
Assessments on the Puntledge, Big Qualicum and Little Qualicum Rivers have
commenced and will continue for the balance of the season. Approximately 1000
chum have entered the Puntledge River to date which is earlier timed than the
Big and Little Qualicum systems. There has been very little chum observed in
the latter two systems to date. These levels are within the normal range for
this time of year.

Fisheries for next week are planned to target the anticipated strong and early
return to the Puntledge River. Gill net fisheries have been scheduled to be
staggered with Johnstone Strait chum openings.

The gill net fishery will open in the Puntledge area at 16:00 Thursday, October
16, 2008 until 16:00 Saturday, October 18, 2008.

The troll fishery will open in the Puntledge area 00:01 Saturday October 11,
2008 until further notice.

These openings will be described in separate fishery notices.

Area 16
Commercial fishing opportunities are not expected in 2008 due to low forecast
levels of abundance however, assessments will continue.

Area 17
The Nanaimo River escapement estimate is approximately 7,500 chum to date, with
a target of 60,000 chum. Assessment of the area will continue. No commercial
fisheries are planned for Area 17 at this time.

Area 18
The Didson sonar assessment on the Cowichan River is scheduled to commence
during the week of October 20. No commercial fisheries are planned for Area 18
at this time.

Area 19
Assessments on the Goldstream River have commenced, and the estimate is 775
chum to date. Assessment of the area will continue. No commercial fisheries
are planned for Area 19 at this time.

The next chum working group meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 16, 2008.
An update regarding further fishing opportunities will follow this call.

contact Andrea Goruk at (250) 756-7287 or Terry Palfrey at (250) 756-7158.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0751
Sent October 9, 2008 at 15:13
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