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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0808-Salmon: Seine, Gill Net and Troll - Areas B, D, E, H - Area 14 to 19 - Mid Vancouver Island Chum - Update

The Chum Working Group met by conference call on October 23, 2008 to review
stock status information and discuss any potential chum fishing opportunities
for the coming week.

Area 14
Escapement estimates to date are as follows:
Puntledge River - 7,500 chum with a target of 60,000.
Little Qualicum River – 2,700 chum with a target of 130,000.
Big Qualicum River – 100 chum with a target of 100,000.

Current escapement levels are within the range observed for the last five years
for this date, however they should continue to build over the next week. The
preliminary total catch from the first two gill net openings in Area 14 is
approximately 10,200 chum.

The earliest possible gill net opening next week is 09:00 Wednesday October
29/08, this will be confirmed on Monday October 27/08 in the pm and will be
based on a reasonable increase in escapement into the Puntledge River.

The troll fishery remains open until further notice in the upper portion of
Area 14 as described in fishery notice FN0753. There has been no effort to

No seine fisheries are currently scheduled in Area 14, potential opportunities
for a seine fishery will be reviewed on Thursday, October 30.

Area 16
Commercial fishing opportunities are not expected in 2008 due to low forecast
levels of abundance however, assessments will continue.

Area 17
The Nanaimo River escapement estimate is approximately 30,000-35,000 chum to
date, with a target of 60,000 chum. Assessment of the area will continue and
an update will be provided on Monday October 27/08. No commercial fisheries are
planned for Area 17 at this time.

Area 18
The Didson sonar assessment on the Cowichan River is scheduled to commence
today, Thursday Oct 23. There have been chum reported in approach areas to
Cowichan Bay. No commercial fisheries are planned for Area 18 at this time.

Area 19
The assessment on the Goldstream River continues. The current escapement
estimate is approximately 1,400 chum to date. No commercial fisheries are
planned for Area 19 at this time.

The next chum working group meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 30, 2008.
An update regarding further fishing opportunities will follow this call.

Andrea Goruk (250) 756-7287 or Terry Palfrey (250) 756-7158

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0808
Sent October 23, 2008 at 13:37
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