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Subject: FN1077-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill net - Area E - Areas 29 - Fraser River Chum -Opening

Fraser River Chum

Gillnets open for 11 hours, 07:00 hours to 18:00 hours Thursday, November 3 in
Subareas 29-11 to 29-17 and portions of Subareas 29-3,29-4,29-6,29-7,29-9 and
29-10 known as the Fraser River Mouth.

The Fraser River Mouth is described as those waters off the mouth of the Fraser
River bounded on the west by a line from a fishing boundary sign on Point Grey
on the mainland, thence northerly to the Point Grey bell buoy, thence westerly
to the navigation buoy west of Point Grey, thence southwesterly to the
navigation buoy west of Sand Heads, thence southeasterly to the most westerly
point of the International boundary between Canada and the United States of
America in the Strait of Georgia, thence easterly along the International
Boundary to the mainland; and bounded on the east by a line commencing at a
fishing boundary sign located near the entrance to Canoe Passage, thence true
north to a fishing boundary sign on Westham Island, thence following the
shoreline of Westham and Reifel Island to the intersection of a line true north
and south through the navigation light at the westerly end of the Woodwards
Training Wall, thence true north to a fishing boundary sign on the shore of
Lulu island, thence following along the southerly shore of Lulu Island to Garry
Point, thence following the westerly shoreline to the most northwesterly point
of Lulu Island, thence to the most southwesterly point of Sea Island, thence
following the shoreline to the Iona Island Road, thence following the Iona
Island Road Causeway to the shoreline of Iona Island, thence following the
southerly and westerly shoreline of Iona Island and the North Arm Jetty to the
most westerly navigation light on the west end of the North Arm Jetty, thence
northeasterly to a boundary sign on Point Grey (the point of commencement).

Important note: In order to reduce potential impacts on steelhead and coho, a
maximum net length of 100 fathoms and a maximum soak time of 30 minutes is in
place for this opening. This means that a maximum aggregate net length of 100
fathoms (approximately 187.5 metres) is on the drum of the vessel. Minimum
mesh size is 158 mm (approximately 6.25 inches). Maximum depth 60 meshes.
Maximum hang ratio 3:1. Maximum corkline to web distance is 45 cm.

Vessel masters must, prior to leaving for the fishing grounds, phone AMR at 1-
888-387-0007 and provide a start fishing report.

Further potential commercial Area E chum openings in Area 29 are currently
being reviewed. The next update on potential fishing opportunities will be on
Friday, November 4. Recorded updates for Area E fleet are available at (604)

V.O. # 2011-STN-006


1. The target for this fishery is chum salmon although retention of chinook
and pink salmon is permitted. Fisher harvesters are reminded mandatory non-
retention and non-possession of all coho, steelhead, sockeye and sturgeon are
in effect. This fishery has been designed to address stocks of concern

2. At the end of each fishing day prior to 08:00 hrs of the next day, the
vessel master must, as a condition of licence, report their catch and record
their catch information in their Salmon Log Book.

3. Within 24 hours of the end of a fishing trip and prior to commencing a
subsequent fishing trip, the vessel master shall phone in an End Fishing Report
by calling AMR at 1-888-387-0007. Should a vessel master decide not to fish
after having obtained a Trip Identification Number the vessel master shall
phone in a Trip Cancellation Report.

4. 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 Laurie Wilson with the band number and capture
date and location at 1-866-431-2473 (BIRD) 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.

5. 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 or entangle 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 and if entanglement has


Barbara Mueller, Resource Manager, Lower Fraser Area (604)666-2370

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN1077
Sent November 1, 2011 at 14:39
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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