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Subject: FN0755-Salmon: Gill Net - Area D - Johnstone Strait - Areas 12 & 13 - Chum - Opening

Areas 12 and 13 (Study Area Chum)

Gill Nets open for 63 hrs from 18:00 hrs Monday October 13 to 09:00 hrs
Thursday Oct 16, in the following areas; Note that additional fishing time has
been provided in this opening to compensate for lost fishing time due to
weather issues in the first opening.

Area 12:
In Subareas 12-1 to 12-6, 12-8 to 12-12, 12-18 (easterly of a line running from
Lewis point to Donegal head on Malcolm Island), 12-20, 12-21 and 12-24. Minimum
mesh size 149 mm (5 7/8 inches). Maximum depth 90 meshes. Maximum hang ratio
3:1, corkline to web distance minimum 0 cm and maximum 2 m.
Variation order # 2008–CR–GN–03

Area 13:
In Subareas 13-6, 13-7 (excluding Deepwater Bay) 13-8 to 13-10, 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, 13-27 to
13-32, 13-35, and 13-40 (Westerly of a line running from the prominent point
approximately 1.5 miles east of Eden Point across to a boundary sign on the
Hardwicke Island shore opposite). The regular Amor de Cosmos Creek boundary
will be in effect. Minimum mesh size 149 mm (5 7/8 inches). Maximum depth 90
meshes. Maximum hang ratio 3:1, corkline to web distance minimum 0 cm and
maximum 2 m. Variation order # 2008–CR–GN–03.


1. Gill net vessel masters are reminded of the mandatory non-retention and non–
possession of Chinook, coho, sockeye and steelhead. Gill nets are asked to
release chinook to the water unharmed whenever possible. Catches will be
monitored to ensure compliance

2. Gill net vessel masters are reminded in Sub-Area 12-12 gill net set times
are 45 minutes.

3. Gill net vessel masters are reminded that logbooks, operating revival tanks
and one hour set times are mandatory as per the conditions of licence and
therefore are a legal requirement.

4. A mandatory logbook and hail-in program will be in effect for the 2008
season. Vessels masters are required to report catch and release information
to the Department after completing fishing each day and before 0800 hrs the
following day. Please refer to your Conditions of 2008/2009 Salmon Area D
Licence and logbook instructions for the reporting format and requirements.

5. 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 29.759 minutes N by 126 37.592
minutes W and the location of the east boundary is 50 29.107 minutes N by 126
30.365 minutes W.

6. 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 a sea turtle, please call
this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663) or e-mail
[email protected]. Please include information such as the type of sea
turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the location, and time of sighting.

7. Fishers are requested to avoid fishing among birds and not to run the line
birds are near the net. 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 Doug Bertram with the band number and capture
date and location at 1 250-363-6735 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.

8. 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/species/marinemammals/view_e.html to avoid
disturbing local killer whales and other marine mammals.

The next Area D update will be Thurs Oct 16 which will confirm the fishing
times for the following week which is anticipated to be the final opening for
the Area D Johnstone Strait chum fishery.

Beth Pechter, Resource Management Biologist (250) 286-5886

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0755
Sent October 9, 2008 at 16:19
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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