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FN0762-Salmon: Gill Net - Area D - Area 25 - Esperanza Inlet - Chum - Opening‏

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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0762-Salmon: Gill Net - Area D - Area 25 - Esperanza Inlet - Chum - Opening

The Esperanza Inlet 8 vessel limited fleet fishery harvested approximately 2848
chum salmon on Oct 7, 2008.

After a review of catch and escapement data with the Area D Harvest Committee,
it was decided there would be a one day opening on Oct. 14 with a possible 1
day extension in the area described below.

There will be a second day of fishing in both Esperanza Inlet and Outer Nootka
Sound if the fleet size in the Outer Nootka gill net fishery remains consistent
with the fleet size from the Oct 7 opening. An announcement will be made on the
grounds Tuesday afternoon Oct 14.

A limited fleet Area D chum gill net fishery is scheduled in portions of
Esperanza Inlet as described below:

An Area D gill net opening will occur for 10.5 hrs from 08:00 hours to 18:30
hours Tuesday Oct 14 in Sub-area 25-13 and that portion of 25-14 seaward of a
line from Benson Point on Nootka Island at or near latitude 49 46.733N and
longitude 126 52.534W eastward to a point on Nootka Island at or near latitude
49 46.612N, longitude 123 51.345W.

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

Variation Order No. 2008 Sal-25-GN-05

Salmon stream boundaries at Owossitsa, Apple and Brodick Creeks are implemented
to prevent targeting of holding fish. Stream boundaries are as follows:
Owossitsa and Apple Creeks, from a point on Nootka Island South of Centre
Island at or about latitude 49 50.130N longitude 12656.346W, thence to the
south-eastern tip of Centre Island at or about latitude 49 50.648 longitude 126
55.551W, thence to a point on Nootka Island at or about latitude 49 50.454N and
longitude 126 54.503W.

The stream boundary on Brodick Creek is a half nautical mile radius centred at
the creek mouth at or about latitude 49 50.726N longitude 126 53.949W and
touching Nootka Island south of Garden Point at or about latitude 49 50.454N
longitude 126 54.503W and east of Brodick Creek at or about latitude 49 50.963N
and longitude 126 53.248W.

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.

Paul Preston, (250) 720-4452

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0762
Sent October 10, 2008 at 10:36
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