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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0753-Salmon: Fraser River Sockeye Update - August 31 - 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 continued strong migration of Fraser sockeye through Johnstone
Straits. DNA analyses indicate that the stock composition of Fraser sockeye in
the Areas 12 and 20 marine approach routes to the Fraser River are 3% Early
Summer-run, 0-3% Summer-run, and 94-97% Late-run sockeye. The diversion rate of
Fraser sockeye through Johnstone Strait is currently estimated to be
approximately 94%. The migration of sockeye past Mission and Hells Gate
continues to be strong over the past several days. The estimated total catch of
Fraser sockeye to-date is 7,800,000 fish. Total escapement past Mission is
7,000,000 for a total accounted to date of 14,800,000 fish.

The marine migration of Early Summer-run sockeye is essentially complete; the
current run size estimate of 3,700,000 Early Summer-run sockeye was unchanged
at today’s meeting. The 50% marine migration timing of Early Summer-run sockeye
through Area 20 is estimated to be August 9. The estimated escapement of Early
Summer-run sockeye past Mission through August 30 is 2,587,000 fish.

The marine migration of Summer-run sockeye is nearing completion in recent
days. At the meeting today, the Panel maintained the Summer-run sockeye at
4,800,000. The 50% marine migration timing of Summer-run sockeye through Area
20 is August 15. The estimated escapement of Summer-run sockeye past Mission
through August 30 is 2,881,000 fish.

Late-run sockeye are the dominant stock group in marine approach areas and in
addition there are large numbers of Lates estimated at 13 million, delaying in
the lower Strait of Georgia prior to entering the Fraser River. This migration
pattern is more consistent with historical migrations which we had not seen for
a few years. At the meeting today the Panel approved an increase to
Shuswap/Weaver Late-run sockeye from 20 million to 24 million with an August 24
timing date through Area 20. At the meeting today, the run size estimate of 1.2
million Harrison sockeye was unchanged with a marine timing through Area 20 of
August 11th. The estimated escapement of Late-run sockeye past Mission through
August 30 is 1,979,000 fish. Birkenhead run size is unchanged at 241,000.

On August 30 the discharge of the Fraser River at Hope was 2,050 cms, which is
30% below average for this date. The temperature of the Fraser River at Qualark
Creek on August 30 was 16.2 0C, which is 0.3 0C below average for this date. At
the meeting today, after reviewing environmental and stock assessment
information, the Panel did not change the management adjustment factors for any
run grouping. Management adjustments are employed to help achieve spawning
escapement targets for Fraser River sockeye.


The following fisheries are planned/ongoing:

The Area B Seine fishery remains open until further notice with new vessel
quota levels in portions of Area 12 and 13 from 06:00 hours to 21:00 hours
daily. Please refer to the specific Fishery notices for more 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 Notices for further details.

The Area D Gill Net fishery is currently open until 08:00 hours Thursday,
September 2nd at which time they will close. The Area D Gill Net fishery will
re-open on Friday September 3rd at 18:00 hours to Monday September 6th at 08:00
hours in portions of Areas 12 and 13. Please refer to the specific Fishery
Notice for more details.

The Area E Gill Net fishery will open from 07:00 hours to 19:00 hours daily on
Wednesday September 1st and Thursday, September 2nd in portions of Area 29.
Please refer to the specific Fishery Notice for more details.

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 Friday, September 3rd. A
further update will be provided on this date.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Barry Rosenberger 250-851-4892

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0753
Sent August 31, 2010 at 14:17
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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