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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0930-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Area 29 and Region 2 - Fraser River - Chum Update

Fraser River: Area 29 and Region 2

To date, coastwide returns of chum salmon have been very poor and the current
in-season estimate for the return to the Fraser River is 810,000. According to
the South Coast Salmon IFMP, at this run size commercial fisheries are
suspended, recreational fisheries allowing retention of chum are restricted to
tributaries and First Nations FSC fisheries remain unchanged.

Therefore, in Subareas 29-11 to 29-17 (tidal Fraser) the daily limit for chum
salmon on the Fraser River is reduced to zero (0) effective 23:59 hours,
Thursday, October 21 until December 31, 2010.

In the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 (upstream of the CPR
Bridge at Mission)the daily limit for chum salmon on the Fraser River is
reduced to zero (0) effective one hour after sunset, Thursday, October 21 until
December 31, 2010.

Subareas 29-11 to 29-17 (tidal Fraser) and the non-tidal waters of the Fraser
River in Region 2 remain open salmon fishing with the retention of up to four
(4) salmon per day which may be a combination of either Chinook or hatchery
marked coho. The daily limit for chinook remains at four (4) but only one over
62 cm and at four (4) for hatchery marked coho until December 31, 2010.

Should the in-season estimate drop below 800K, the escapement goal, further
actions will be required in the recreational fishery. The next update will be
on Friday, October 22, 2010.

The Department has advised the local Sport Fish Advisory Committee of this
action.

Variations Orders: 2010-447 and 2010-448.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Debra Sneddon, Program Coordinator (604) 666-6509

Notes:

The aggregate daily limit for all species of Pacific Salmon (other than
kokanee) from tidal and non-tidal waters combined is four (4).

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
River.

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.

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-
FISH.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0930
Sent October 20, 2010 at 09:26
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
 
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