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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0761-Salmon: Gill Net - Area D - Area 23 - Barkley Sound - Chum - Opening

In consultation with the Area D Harvest Committee, the 8 vessel Barkley Sound
Chum Assessment fishery will expand to 2 days of fishing commencing Oct. 14 as
described below. Fishers are reminded that the Chum Assessment program will be
implemented for this opening and any subsequent openings. An information
package describing fishing zones schedules and vessels designated to take
observers has been provided to all participants. If harvesters have any
questions, please call Alistair Thomson at 250-720-4454.

A limited fleet Area D chum gill net fishery is scheduled in portions of
Barkley Sound as described below.

Area D gill nets will open for 10.5 hours from 08:00 hours to 18:30 hours
Tuesday October 14 and for 10.5 hours from 08:00 hours to 18:30 hours Wednesday
October 15 in the following areas:

Subarea 23-4 shoreward of a line commencing at Chimmin Point on Tzartus Island
to a point on the Vancouver Island shoreline at 48º56.03’lat, 125º1.95’long and
Subarea 23-5, 23-6 excluding Effingham Inlet, Vernon Bay and Useless Inlet,
Subarea 23-7 shoreward of a line from Meares Bluff on Effingham Island to Kirby
Point on Diana Island, and Subarea 23-9 seaward of a line commencing at the
most southerly tip of St. Ines Island to Lyall Point, and Subarea 23-10 seaward
of a line commencing at a point on the Vancouver Island shoreline at
48º58.3’lat, 125º24.25’long thence to the most southerly tip of David Island
thence to the most southerly point of St. Ines Island, and Subarea 23-11
shoreward of a line from a point on the Vancouver Island shoreline at
48º55.21’lat, 125º29.1’long thence to a point at 48º53.48’lat, 125º24.66’long.

The target stock is chum; coho may be retained. Sockeye, pink, chinook and
steelhead may not be retained. Minimum mesh 149 mm (5-7/8 inches). Maximum
depth 60 meshes. Maximum hang ratio 3:1, cork-line to web distance minimum 0
cm, maximum 2 m. Alaska twist, multi-strand or a combination of the two web-
types may be used.

There is a half nautical mile radius stream boundary centered at 48º57.1’lat,
125º26.6’long. This boundary protects two creeks on the Vancouver Island
shoreline west of Forbes Island.

Variation Order Number: 08-SAL-23-GN-09 & 10

Fishers are reminded that a mandatory logbook and phone-in program is in place.
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 over estimation of
total catch. See your conditions of licence for more information.

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 & Oceans Canada
250-720-4440

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0761
Sent October 10, 2008 at 10:25
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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