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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0890-Salmon - Fraser River Sockeye and Pink Update - Areas 11 to 29 - September 13, 2013

Fraser pink salmon run size continues to be larger than expected resulting in
an additional fishing opportunity for Area B seines for a maximum of 20 boat
days as well as First Nations Economic Opportunity and demonstration pink
directed fisheries, with sockeye non-retention to minimize additional impacts
on Fraser River sockeye and coho salmon. The Department's priorities are to
ensure that there is sufficient sockeye returning to the spawning grounds and
all fisheries are being managed to minimize sockeye impacts. Fishers are
requested to check for any restrictions in their local areas.

In Canada, the commercial Area B seine fishery in Areas 29 is scheduled to
reopen on Sunday, September 15, 2013 until further notice with a maximum of 20
boat days of fishing permitted.

An update from the September 13, 2013 Fraser River Panel meeting follows:

The Fraser River Panel met on September 13, 2013 to review assessment data on
Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon, to discuss fisheries management plans for
the harvest of pink salmon, and to review environmental conditions in the
Fraser River. The current total run size of Fraser sockeye is estimated at
3.732 million. The daily migration of sockeye and pink salmon past Mission is
currently being assessed by an expansion of the Whonnook test fishery catches
as the abundance of pink salmon in the Fraser has made hydro-acoustics based
estimates difficult. Sockeye migration past Mission has been in the range of
5,000 to 32,000 sockeye per day for the last five days bringing the total
estimated escapement to 3,452,400 as of September 12th. Pink salmon continue to
increase in abundance in the Fraser River with daily migrations past Mission in
the last few days in the 298,000 to 702,000 pink per day range.

On September 13, 2013, there was no change to the run size for Summer or late
run Fraser sockeye or their respective 50% run timing date. The low return of
Summer-run sockeye has severely constrained harvest opportunities that were
expected during pre-season planning. Based on pre-season information, Summer-
run sockeye (Chilko, Quesnel, Late Stuart, Stellako, Harrison, Raft, and North
Thompson) were expected to provide most of the fishing opportunities directed
at Fraser sockeye this season. The estimated escapement of Summer-run sockeye
past Mission through September 12, 2013 is 2,206,200 and for late run is
551,100 fish.

At the Fraser Panel meeting today there was no change made to the estimated run
size of 26 million for Fraser Pink salmon with a 50% migration timing through
Area 20 of August 28, 2013.

Fraser River temperature and discharge data were not available at the meeting
today and the management adjustment factors remained unchanged at 2.48 for the
Summer run aggregate and 0.92 for the late run aggregate.

At the meeting today the Panel approved extending ongoing US Treaty Indian and
Reefnet pink fisheries. For further information on US fisheries, please see
News and Announcements at www.psc.org.

The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on Tuesday,
September 17th, 2013.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Jennifer Nener
604-666-9993


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0890
Sent September 13, 2013 at 15:51
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca


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