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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0756-Salmon: Seine - Area B - Areas 12, 13 - Johnstone Strait Chum - Opening

Seines will open for 10 hrs on Monday October 20, 2008 in the areas and during
the time frame described below. Due to lower than anticipated effort in the
first opening and anticipated similar participation levels in the second
opening, a further fishing opportunity will be provided on Tuesday October 21,
2008. The duration of the additional fishing time on October 21 is anticipated
to be 5 hours commencing at 08:00 hrs however the duration will be confirmed on
Monday October 20 in the early PM, following confirmation of effort in the
October 20 fishery.

Area B Seine vessels are reminded that in order to participate in the Johnstone
Strait mixed stock chum fishery amended Conditions of 2008/2009 Salmon Area B
Licence are required. The request for amendment form is available on-line
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ops/fm/Licensing/Default_e.htm under the
heading “Application Forms”. The form is titled: Request for 2008 category ASB
Licence Amendment. Once amendment forms are submitted, please allow time for

Johnstone Strait:

Area 12
Seines open for 10 hrs from 08:00 hrs Monday, October 20 to 18:00 hrs Monday
October 20 in the following 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 bunt mesh size of 100 mm. The regular
Adams River boundary will be in effect. The seine ribbon boundary will “not” be
in effect. V.O # 2008-CR-SN-003

Area 13
Seines open for 10 hrs from 08:00 hrs Monday October 20 to 18:00 hrs Monday
October 20 in the following 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 bunt mesh size of 100 mm. The
seine ribbon boundary will “not” be in effect. V.O # 2008-CR-SN-003.

1. Seine vessel masters are reminded that the mandatory non–retention and non-
possession of sockeye, coho, chinook and steelhead is in effect.

2. Seine vessel masters are reminded that mandatory brailing and sorting of
catch is required, the use of revival tanks and completion of logbooks is also
a legal requirement for this fishery as specified in Conditions of 2008/2009
Salmon Area B licence.

3. The mandatory logbook and Phone-in program will be in effect again for the
2008 season. Note that a phone report is required for all fishing activity even
if no fish are caught. Failure to report zero catches may result in the over
estimation of total catch.

4. Fishers are reminded that within 48 hrs of stopping fishing to offload catch
and within 2 hours of completing offloading whichever comes first, the vessel
master shall provide to the service provider the weight by species (in pounds)
of the fish offloaded.

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 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Fishers are requested to avoid fishing among birds and not to run the line
if 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.

The next Area B update will be Mon PM Oct 20 which will confirm fishing times
for the Tues Oct 21 fishery.

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0756
Sent October 9, 2008 at 16:32
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