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COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Troll

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN1075-COMMERCIAL - Salmon Troll - Area G - Chinook - Fishery Extension

The catch target for the upcoming fishery opening is 1500 chinooks.

Effective 00:01 hours Tuesday November 15, 2011 Area G Troll will open until
further notice in the following Areas and Subareas:

Areas 123,124,125,126,127, and

Area 23 - Subareas 23-3 excluding Uchucklesit Inlet, 23-4, 23-5, 23-6 excluding
Effingham Inlet, 23-7, 23-8, 23-9, and 23-10 excluding Pipestem Inlet, and
Subarea 23-11 excluding Ucluelet Inlet.

Area 24 - Subareas 24-6, 24-8, 24-9, and that portion of subarea 24-2 seaward
of a line commencing at Starling Point Light then heading 270ºTrue to the
opposite shoreline of Sydney Inlet.

Area 25 – Subareas 25-6, 25-7, 25-15 and that portion of subarea 25-13 seaward
of a line commencing from a point (49 50.020 N, 126 57.906 W) at the northeast
entrance of Rosa Harbour continuing to a point (49 51.577 N, 126 59.640 W) at
the western entrance of Port Eliza.

Area 26 – Subareas 26-1, 26-2, 26-6, and 26-7.

Area 27 – Subareas 27-1, 27-2, 27-3, 27-4, 27-7, and 27-9.

The target species is Chinook. Incidentally caught chum, pink and marked coho
may be retained. Unmarked coho, sockeye and steelhead may not be retained. The
minimum size limit for Chinook is 55 cm fork length (head on), and 44 cm (head

Variation Order No. 2011-SAL-TR-WCVI-012

Area G fishers are reminded that Commercial Trolling is not permitted in
Rockfish Conservation Areas. These closures are listed at the website address
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/rca-acs/index-eng.htm or can be
accessed at DFO district offices.

The fishery may also close on short notice based on catch information, the
number of vessels operating, or if:

1. Vessel masters do not follow catch reporting requirements.
2. Vessel masters refuse to take an observer on board when requested to do.
3. Coho encounter rates are excessive.

Unmarked Coho and Chinook sub-legal by-catch releases will be monitored in this
fishery and the fishery will be shaped to avoid areas of high encounters.

Fishers and industry are reminded that sampling for coded wire tags from landed
Chinook is essential. In order to facilitate sampling, fishers are asked to
call J.O. Thomas and Associates 24 hours in advance toll-free at 1-866-638-6301
before they land their catch with the following information:

Landing location.
Estimated date and time of landing.
Area(s) fished.
Number of Chinook onboard.

Note that calls to this number between Monday and Friday during office hours
(08:00 – 16:00) will be answered in person. Calls made after office hours and
on weekends will be directed to a voicemail box where this information can be

Reporting requirements are a legal obligation as a condition of licence.
Fishers must consult their licence to ensure that they are in compliance with
legal catch reporting requirements.

Daily catch reporting does not replace the requirement to purchase and enter
catch information in a logbook. Note that there is a requirement to report both
the catch retained, as well as by-catch released.

Freezer vessels are required to retain ALL heads from chinook and coho salmon
caught and retained. These heads must be delivered at the time of off-loading
of the salmon catch and be made available for examination by representatives of
the Department. Contact J.O. Thomas and Associates Ltd. at 1-866-638-6301
between 08:00 hours and 16:00 hours for instructions relating to these heads.

As an alternative to retaining the whole head from retained Chinook and coho,
fishers can opt to keep the upper jaw and head, from the tip of the nose back
to 1 cm behind the eye. These "snouts" must be cut from the top of the head,
with the cut travelling one centimetre posterior (behind) the eye, to the back
corner of the mouth. There is no need to retain the lower jaws or gill plates.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is interested in reports of sea turtles in BC
waters. By documenting sightings we are able to learn more about how, when,
and where these turtles are using our waters. If you see a sea turtle, please
call this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663). Please
include information such as the type of sea turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the
location, and time of sighting.

Fishers are requested to avoid fishing among birds and not to run the line if
birds are near the net. Fishers are requested to retain all dead birds which
are entangled and to release live and unharmed birds by placing them in the
water. Please check all birds for metal bird bands (rings) on the leg. If a
bird is banded please contact Doug Bertram with the band number and capture
date and location at 1 250-363-6735 or by the email below. Handle birds with
gloves, double bag dead birds and label each bird with date, time, and location
and store them on ice. Please call your local charter patrol to organize pick-
up or drop them off at a local DFO office. Alternatively, please send
photographs of birds with a reference object such as a coin, and the date, time
and location to [email protected]. Your names and vessel names do not need
to be identified or included.

Notices concerning potential short notice closures, fishery extensions, or
boundary amendments will be released via Tofino Coast Guard radio. Information
and updates concerning this fishery are available by phoning 250-754-0281.


Alistair Thomson 250-720-9570

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN1075
Sent November 1, 2011 at 12:23
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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