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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0797-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Nitinat River Recreational Salmon Fishing Opportunities - Region 1

The Nitinat River is open to recreational angling for chinook salmon until
Thursday, September 30, 2010. The daily limit for the non-tidal portion of the
Nitinat River is two (2) chinook salmon of which only one maybe greater than 77
cm in length and,

The fishery will close from October 01 until October 14 and will re-open on
October 15 for coho and chum salmon only. This 2 week closure will provide
protection to chinook salmon during the peak spawning period. Effective
October 15 until December 31, 2010 the daily limit for the non-tidal portion of
the Nitinat River is two (2) coho salmon, either hatchery marked or unmarked
and two (2) chum salmon.

The following portions of the Nitinat River are closed to all fishing:
- Upstream of Nitinat River / Parker Creek confluence (all year);
- Within a 100 meter radius of the Nitinat River hatchery water intake and
fishway (all year);
- Between fishing boundary signs located approximately 100 meters above and
below Red Rock Pool (until December 31, 2010);
- Between fishing boundary signs upstream and downstream of the entrance to the
Glory Hole Slough (until December 31, 2010);
- From 50 meters upstream to 50 meters downstream of the Nitinat River Bridge
from August 25 (until December 31, 2010).

Anglers shall also note:
- the above restrictions are in addition to any other closed area already in
place by regulation,
- the use of single barbless hooks is mandatory in all streams within Region 1,
- all fish foul hooked (i.e. hooked other than in the mouth) must be returned
to the river immediately,
- any chinook salmon retained measuring in excess of 50 cm must be recorded on
the reverse side of your Non-Tidal Angling Licence,

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal
waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye. These fish are
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term “hatchery marked” means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head
Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped
chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical
information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head
Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all
fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing
information, can be found on the Internet at:


Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line
at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at (866) 431-

DFO Port Alberni Office – (250) 720 4440

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0797
Sent September 8, 2010 at 14:19
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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