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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0790-Salmon: Seine - Area B - Areas 12 & 13 - Johnstone Strait Chum - Opening

The Area B seine chum fishery in Johnstone Strait will re-open from 08:00 hrs
to 13:00 hrs Tuesday October 21 in the areas described below. This additional
fishing time is provided due to lower than anticipated effort levels in the Oct
1 and 20 seine openings. Consistent with the Johnstone Strait chum mixed stock
fishery fixed harvest rate and effort based harvest plan, no further seine
openings are planned for this season.

Johnstone Strait:

Area 12
Seines open for 5 hrs from 08:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs Tuesday October 21, in the
following 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 bunt mesh size of 100 mm. The regular Adams River boundary will
be in effect. The seine ribbon boundary will “not” be in effect. V.O # 2008-

Area 13
Seines open for 5 hrs from 08:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs Tuesday October 21, in the
following 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 bunt mesh size of 100 mm. The seine ribbon boundary
will “not” be in effect. V.O # 2008-SN-004.

1. Seine vessel masters are reminded that the mandatory non–retention and non-
possession of sockeye, coho, chinook and steelhead is in effect. The retention
of chum and pink is permitted.

2. Seine vessel masters are reminded that mandatory brailing and sorting of
catch is required, the use of revival tanks and completion of logbooks is also
a legal requirement for this fishery as specified in Conditions of 2008/2009
Salmon Area B licence.

3. The mandatory logbook and Phone-in program will be in effect again for the
2008 season. 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 the over
estimation of total catch.

4. Fishers are reminded that within 48 hrs of stopping fishing to offload catch
and within 2 hours of completing offloading whichever comes first, the vessel
master shall provide to the service provider the weight by species (in pounds)
of the fish offloaded.

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 degrees 29.759 minutes N by 126 degrees
37.592 minutes W and the location of the east boundary is 50 degrees 29.107
minutes N by 126 degrees 30.365 minutes W.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0790
Sent October 20, 2008 at 12:45
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