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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0775-Salmon: Gill Net - Area D - Johnstone Strait - Areas 12 & 13 - Chum - Opening

Areas 12 and 13 (Study Area Chum)

The Chum Working Group has concluded its pre-fishery meetings, and has
developed a fishing plan and planning schedule for 2008. The gillnet fleet will
have 3 full fleet opportunities. The first fishery took place from October 6-8,
with an estimated catch of 22,500 chum by 115 vessels. The second opportunity
took place from October 13-16 with an estimated catch of 28,750 chum by 125
vessels. Please note these catch estimates are preliminary at this time as
there are catch reports outstanding from both openings. The third opportunity
is outlined below.

Gill Nets open for 41 hrs from 16:00 hrs Thurs October 23 to 09:00 hrs Saturday
Oct 25, in the following areas;

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 No. 2008–CR–GN–04

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 No. 2008–CR–GN–04.


1. The target species in this fishery are chum salmon; pink salmon may be
retained. 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
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.

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.

In following the Johnstone Strait chum mixed stock fishery harvest plan, no
further Area D openings are planned in Johnstone Strait for this season.

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0775
Sent October 16, 2008 at 16:11
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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