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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0759-Salmon: Gill Net - Area E - Areas 21 & 121 - Nitinat Chum - Opening

Area E gill nets harvested approximately 14,984 chum salmon on Sep 30 and
Oct 1. Six Area B seine vessels fished two days this past week and harvested
approximately 19,000 chum salmon. The Wednesday Oct 8 Nitinat Lake test
fishing abundance estimate, which includes river escapement and broodstock
capture, is estimating an overall escapement of 50,0000 chum salmon.

In consultation with Area E Harvest committee advisors, it was agreed there
will be a one day gill net opening commencing Wednesday Oct 15 in the area
described below. A second day of fishing on Oct 16 will be considered if the
Wednesday Oct 15 Nitinat Lake test fishing abundance estimate is 125,000 or
above.

Area E gill nets open 08:00 hours Wednesday, October 15, 2008 until 18:00 hours
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in portions of Subarea 21 and 121 inside a line
from Pachena Point to a position 1 nautical mile true south of Pachena Point,
thence to a position 2.25 nautical miles true south of Dare Point and thence to
Dare Point. The Cheewhat stream mouth boundary and the Klanawa River Radius
boundaries are in effect.

The target stock is Nitinat chum; pinks may be retained. Sockeye, coho,
chinook and steelhead may not be retained. Minimum mesh 149 mm, maximum depth
90 meshes, maximum hang ratio 3:1, corkline to web distance minimum 1.2 m,
maximum 2.0 m. Alaska Twist and or Multi-strand web may be used.

Variation Order No. 08-SAL-21-GN-02

Fishers are reminded commencing Friday October 3 there will be weekly fishery
notice updates regarding stock status and future fishing opportunities.

Fishermen participating in this fishery should read their licence conditions
carefully. Fish must be sorted immediately in a wet sorting area and
prohibited species released. The maximum soak time is 1 hour. Salmon log
books are mandatory and must be filled out prior to unloading catch.

Operational revival tanks are mandatory. For fisheries in Areas 16 to 22, 28
and 121, the revival tank must meet the following specifications:
(a) constructed of non-transparent material;
(b) minimum of two separate compartments;
(c) minimum inside dimensions of 100 cm x 20 cm x 40 cm for each compartment;
(d) a tight fitting lid made of non-transparent material for each compartment;
(e) a pump capable of continuously delivering a minimum flow rate of 0.6 litres
per second to each compartment of the tank;
(f) a separate inlet and outlet for each compartment; and
(g) each compartment shall have a release mechanism that will allow revived
fish to be release without being handled.

For the Nitinat fishery, a confirmation number must be recorded in the harvest
log:
(a) within 24 hours of the completion of a fishery opening;
(b) if a fishery is extended, within 24 hours of the completion of the
extension;
(c) if a new fishery is opened in an Area within 12 hours of the closure of the
previous fishery in the same Area, an in-season catch report is not required
until 24 hours following completion of the second opening;
(d) for fisheries that last longer than seven (7) days, an in-season catch
report must be made at least once every seven days. (For example, if the
fishery commences on a Monday, an in-season catch report must be made before
the following Monday).

To receive a confirmation number, the vessel master shall contact a service
provider and provide the information as required by section 5 of the
Conditions of 2004/2005 Salmon Area E Licence. Note that if difficulty is
experienced in accessing the toll-free number in the log book, the call centre
may also be reached at 250-716-1828 (not a toll-free number).

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.

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.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
Port Alberni (250) 720-4440

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0759
Sent October 10, 2008 at 09:46
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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