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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0789-Salmon: Troll - Area G - WCVI - Chinook - Closing

Area G Troll closes at 23:59 hours Monday October 20 until further notice. It
is anticipated that the harvest level for this fishery, which was in the range
of approximately 1,000 chinook, will be attained by close time.

Fishers and industry are reminded that sampling for coded wire tags from landed
Chinook is essential. In order to facilitate sampling, fishers are asked to
call J.O. Thomas and Associates 24 hours in advance toll-free at 1-866-638-6301
before they land their catch with the following information:

Landing location.
Estimated date and time of landing.
Area(s) fished.
Number of Chinook onboard.

Note that calls to this number between Monday and Friday during office hours
(08:00 – 16:00) will be answered in person. Calls made after office hours and
on weekends will be directed to a voicemail box where this information can be

Reporting requirements are a legal obligation as a condition of licence.
Fishers must consult their licence to ensure that they are in compliance with
legal catch reporting requirements.

The fishery may also close on short notice if appears the harvest level will be
attained, or if:

1. Vessel masters do not follow catch reporting requirements.
2. Vessel masters refuse to take an observer on board when requested to do.
3. Coho encounter rates are excessive.

Daily catch reporting does not replace the requirement to purchase and enter
catch information in a logbook. Note that there is a requirement to report both
the catch retained as well as by-catch released.

Freezer vessels are required to retain ALL heads from chinook and coho salmon
caught and retained. These heads must be delivered at the time of off-loading
of the salmon catch and be made available for examination by representatives of
the Department. Contact J.O. Thomas and Associates Ltd. at 1-866-638-6301
between 08:00 hours and 16:00 hours for instructions relating to these heads.

As an alternative to retaining the whole head from retained Chinook and coho,
fishers can opt to keep the upper jaw and head, from the tip of the nose back
to 1 cm behind the eye. These "snouts" must be cut from the top of the head,
with the cut travelling one centimetre posterior (behind) the eye, to the back
corner of the mouth. There is no need to retain the lower jaws or gill plates.

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.

Terry Palfrey 250-756-7158

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0789
Sent October 20, 2008 at 10:46
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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