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Fishery Notice

Category(s): RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject: FN0560-Sockeye: Retention in Southern BC Waters - Areas 12, 14, 15, 17 to 19, 20, 21, 24 to 27, 28, 121 & 123 to 127 - July 22


The current status of the Fraser River sockeye return provides for recreational
sockeye retention opportunities in most Southern B.C. marine waters.

Effective 00:01 hrs Saturday, July 22 until further notice, in those waters
open to salmon fishing in the following Areas, the daily limit for
recreationally caught sockeye is four (4) per day:

- Subareas 12-1 to 12-4 and Area 13 (Johnstone Strait southerly of Lewis
- Areas 14, 15, 17 to 19 (Georgia Strait);
- Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait);
- Areas 21, 24 to 27, 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island);
- Area 28 (Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm).

The next update regarding the status of the recreational sockeye retention
fishery will be Tuesday, July 25 following the next Fraser River Panel meeting.

In order to minimize impacts on Nimpkish River sockeye, it is anticipated that
retention of sockeye salmon in the waters of Johnstone Strait above Lewis Point
and in Queen Charlotte Strait (Areas 11, 111 and Subareas 12-5 to 12-48) will
not commence until late July, date still to be confirmed.

Sockeye retention is not permitted at this time in Area 16 (Jervis Inlet,
Malspina Strait and Sechelt Inlet) to protect returning Sakinaw Lake sockeye.

Sockeye retention is not permitted in Nitinat Lake (Area 22).

Details on Area 23 (Barkley Sound) sockeye retention opportunities are provided
through a separate Fishery Notice.

Sockeye retention is currently not permitted in Area 29, this includes the
Fraser River tidal and non-tidal waters, as Early Stuart sockeye are still
present in these waters. An update on sockeye retention opportunities in Area
29 and in the Fraser River will be provided on Tuesday, July 25.


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

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye. These fish are
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

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.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all
fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing
information, can be found on the Internet at:


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.

Variation Order No. 2006-356 - July 21, 2006

Contact the local DFO office in your area for updated information as it becomes

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0560
Sent July 21, 2006 at 1632


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