Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Fraser River Panel met Thursday, July 24 to discuss assessment data on the Fraser sockeye runs and plan harvest opportunities.
The Area 20 gillnet and purse seine test fisheries indicate steady migration of sockeye through Juan de Fuca Strait. Sockeye catches in the Johnstone Strait test fisheries have been small thus far, which indicates a low diversion rate of Fraser sockeye through this marine approach route. The run size estimate of 500,000 Early Summer-run sockeye was unchanged at the meeting today. The abundance of Summer-run sockeye is tracking near their 50% probability forecast run size of 1,810,000 fish.
Migration conditions for sockeye in the Fraser River are currently satisfactory. On July 23, the Fraser River discharge at Hope was about 3,900 cms, which is approximately 25% lower than average, while the water temperature of the Fraser River at Qualark Creek was 17.3 0C, which is about 0.5 0C warmer than average.
The Panel announced the following regulations for Panel Area waters:
CANADIAN FRASER RIVER PANEL AREA WATERS:
Area 20-1 ,3, 4: Open to Area B purse seine, ITQ Demonstration Fishery, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.., Sunday, July 27, 2008 and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2008 (please refer to DFO Fishery Notice for further details).
Area 18-1, 18-4 and 18-11 and Area 29-1 to 6: Open to Area H troll, ITQ Demonstration Fishery 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 26 until further notice (please refer to DFO Fishery Notice for further details).
UNITED STATES FRASER RIVER PANEL AREA WATERS:
TREATY INDIAN FISHERY:
Areas 4B, 5 and 6C: Extended for drift gillnets from 12:00 p.m. (noon), Wednesday, July 23, 2008 to 12:00 p.m. (noon) Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
Areas 6, 7, and 7A: Open to net fishing from 6:00 a.m., Sunday, July 27, 2008 to 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2008.
NON INDIAN FISHERY:
Areas 7 and 7A: Open to purse seines from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2008.
Areas 7 and 7A: Open to gillnets from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2008
Areas 7 and 7A: Open to reefnets from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 28, 2008.
(Note: U. S. Non-Treaty fishers should check the U.S. hotline and WDFW regulations before fishing as there are additional State of Washington regulations, including time restrictions that may be in effect).
The next in-season meeting of the Panel is scheduled to occur on Monday, July 28, 2008
this e mail today is what you are most likely looking for. Let the games begin.
To: Sneddon, Debra
> Subject: Fraser River sockeye retention opportunity
> A fishery notice will be released shortly authorizing a sockeye
> retention fishery in most southern BC marine waters including the tidal
> and non-tidal waters of the Fraser River up to the Alexandria Bridge
> starting at 0001 hours, Saturday, July 26th.
> The daily limit in marine waters is 4 and in non-tidal waters is 2.
> Please watch for the Notice to Industry out later today for the official
> Debra Sneddon
> Recreational Fishery Manager
> Resource Management
> Lower Fraser Area
> phone: 604-666-6509
> fax: 604-666-8134
> Please note new DFO email naming convention in effect:
> [email protected]
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 26 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:
- Area 12 - Subareas 12-1 to 12-4 and Area 13(Johnstone Strait) Note: Area 11,
111 and portions of Area 12 above Lewis Point will remain closed to sockeye
retention in order to protect returning Nimpkish River sockeye. It is
anticipated that sockeye retention above Lewis Point could be permitted
starting near the end of July and will be confirmed by fishery notice;
- Areas 14, 15,17, 18 and 19 (Georgia Strait) Note; Area 16 will remain closed
to sockeye retention in order to protect returning Sakinaw Lake sockeye. It is
anticipated that sockeye retention in Subareas 16-19 to 16-21 (Sabine Channel)
could be permitted starting near the beginning of August and will be confirmed
by fishery notice;
- Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait);
- Areas 21, 24 to 27, 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island) Note
that Area 23 remains closed to the retention of sockeye;
- Area 28 (Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm);
- Area 29 - (includes the tidal waters of the Fraser River downstream from the
CPR Bridge at Mission, B.C. excluding Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay)
Sockeye retention is not permitted in the following areas:
- In order to protect Nimpkish River sockeye, it is anticipated that retention
of sockeye salmon in the waters of Johnstone Strait above Lewis Point, Queen
Charlotte Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, (Areas 11, 111 and Subareas 12-5 to
12-48) is not permitted but may commence in late July, date will be confirmed
by fishery notice;
- Area 16 - remains closed to sockeye retention in order to protect Sakinaw
Lake sockeye. It is anticipated that Subareas 16-19 to 21 (Sabine Channel)
could open to sockeye retention in early August and will be confirmed by
- In Nitinat Lake (Area 22).
- In Area 23 (Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet) due to a low return of Somass
- In Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay);
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
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:
I think the DFO doesn't have a clue what they're doing. They closed the westcoast area G trollers down to protect depressed chinook stocks returning to the Fraser. Then they go and open a freeforall with the nets in the migration route these same Chinook use to return to the Fraser. Looks like the big Seiners and packing companies call the shots at the DFO. Trollers are a selective method of commercial harvest. The nets ravage other depressed non-target species unfortunate enough to be in the same vicinity.
Aside from the fact that the Sockeye run isn't really at a very healthy level in the first place. Why not err on the side of caution for a change, instead of the side of big business. Let the stocks rebuild, when is the DFO ever going to learn.
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