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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0793-Salmon: Fraser River Sockeye Update - Sept 7 - Areas 11 to 29

The Fraser River Panel met today to review stock assessment data on the Fraser
River sockeye runs, plan fisheries, and discuss sockeye migration conditions in
the Fraser River watershed. The marine migration of Fraser sockeye through
Johnstone Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait has declined over the past weekend.
DNA analyses indicate that Late-run sockeye are the dominant run-timing group
in the marine assessment areas, with Summer-run sockeye comprising a low
proportion of the migratory abundance. The diversion rate of Fraser sockeye
through Johnstone Strait is presently estimated to be approximately 95%. The
migration of sockeye past Mission continues to be good. The estimated total
catch of Fraser sockeye to-date is 10,700,000 fish.
At the meeting today, the run size estimate of 3,700,000 Early Summer-run
sockeye was increased to 3,800,000. The estimated escapement of Early Summer-
run sockeye past Mission through September 6 is 2,689,000 fish.

The marine migration of Summer-run sockeye is nearing completion. The run size
estimate for Summer-run sockeye of 4,800,000 fish was increased to 5,200,000 at
the meeting today. The estimated escapement of Summer-run sockeye past Mission
through September 6 is 3,120,000 fish.

Assessments of Late-run sockeye in the lower Strait of Georgia indicate that a
high fraction of these fish are delaying prior to entering the Fraser River.
Current assessments suggest that approx. 15,000,000 Late-run sockeye are
presently delaying. At the meeting today, the run size estimate of 1,200,000
fish Harrison sockeye was unchanged. At the meeting today the Late
Shuswap/Weaver sockeye run size was unchanged at 24,000,000 fish. Birkenhead
stock-group of 241,000 fish was unchanged at the Panel meeting today. The total
run size estimate for Late-run sockeye is 25,441,000 fish. The estimated
escapement of Late-run sockeye past Mission through September 6 is 3,674,000

The increases to Early Summers and Summer stocks does not increase TACs into
any licence groups allocation as these fish have largely cleared the fishing
areas and are not available to be caught.

Migration conditions for sockeye in the Fraser River are currently
satisfactory. The present management adjustment factors of 0.36 for Early
Summer-run sockeye and 0.15 for Summer-run sockeye were unchanged today. The
estimated marine timing of Late-run sockeye past Mission is presently September
12. The Panel agreed during pre-season planning that if the Mission timing of
Late-run sockeye was later than September 3, their pMA would be 0.35.
Management adjustments are employed to help achieve spawning escapement targets
for Fraser River sockeye.

Coho constraints such as the red zone closures in the Fraser River which start
Tuesday Sept 7 and the 3% exploitation rate limit will limit further
opportunities for Fraser sockeye.

The following fisheries are planned/ongoing:

The Area B Seine fishery is open until Wednesday, Sept 8th in portions of Area
12 and 13 from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours daily. Seines will be opening Area 29
on Thursday, Sept 9th and Friday, Sept 10th from 07:00 hours to 19:00 hours
daily with a total number of seine sets limit. Please refer to the specific
Fishery notices for more details.

The Area H Troll fishery remains open until further notice in portions of
Management Areas 12, 13, 18 and 29 with the vessel quota levels unchanged.
Please refer to the specific Fishery Notices for further details.

The Area D Gill Nets fishery will open from 18:00 hours Tuesday, Sept 7th until
08:00 hours Friday, September 10th in portions of Areas 12 and 13. Please refer
to the specific Fishery Notices for more details.

Recreational fishing is open for sockeye retention in south coast marine areas
and in the Fraser River. Check with specific Fishery Notices for further

First Nation fisheries vary by areas with opportunities in marine and Fraser
River area; consult with local DFO offices for openings.

The next Fraser River Panel meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 10th. A
further update will be provided on this date.

Barry Rosenberger 250-851-4892

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0793
Sent September 7, 2010 at 16:50
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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