Sport fishing guide – British Columbia

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Current as of April 1st 2020.
Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0322-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 11 to 28, 111, 121 to 127 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8 – Chinook Management Measures – Effective April 1, 2020 To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in commercial, recreational and First Nation’s fisheries to support conservation of these stocks.

This Fishery Notice provides the interim recreational fishery management measures to provide protection to at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks in Areas 11 to 28, 121 to 127 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8. The plan is to start the 2020 fishing season (beginning April 1, 2020) with the measures that were in place at the beginning of last season (April 2019) until further notice. As these are interim measures, a further announcement on possible revised management actions is anticipated in June 2020. The Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) is consulting on potential changes to the 2020 fishing plan.   The management measures for Fraser Chinook are outlined below.

Southern BC Recreational Fisheries:   

West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) Subareas 20-1 and 20-2, Area 121, as well as Areas 123 to 127 seaward of a Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile from the surfline: 00:01 hours April 1 until further notice, Chinook non-retention.  For the full definition of the Boundary Line in Areas 123 to 127, please see the bottom of this fishery notice.  Chinook daily limits remain at two (2) per day shoreward of this boundary line. Queen Charlotte and Johnstone Straits (Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48): 00:01 hours April 1 until further notice, Chinook non-retention.  Strait of Georgia – North – Areas 13 to 17, Area 28, and Subareas 29-1 and 29-2: 00:01 hours April 1 until further notice, Chinook non-retention;  Strait of Georgia – South and Juan de Fuca – Area 18, Subareas 19-3 to 19-12, 20-3 to 20-7, and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 and 29-8: 00:01 hours April 1 to 23:59 hours July 31, 2020, Chinook non-retention;  For clarity, Chinook retention is permitted in Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, Subarea 12-14, and those portions of Areas 123 to 127 shoreward of a Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline. Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-0145, 2020-RFQ-147.

Category(s):    RECREATIONAL – General Information,RECREATIONAL – Shellfish,RECREATIONAL – Salmon, RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0323-RECREATIONAL – General Information Regarding Mandatory Online Reporting Programs of BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishers MANDATORY REPORTING OF RECREATIONAL FISHING. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) collects data on recreational fishing activity from BC tidal waters licence holders through various internet reporting programs. The internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) reporting program is run monthly to collect information on fishing activity and catch of over 80 species of finfish and shellfish. The internet Annual Recreational Catch (iARC) reporting program is run annually to collect catch records of Chinook Salmon, Lingcod and Halibut. Other targeted reporting programs will be conducted as needed to collect additional information. The data collected through these reporting programs is critical to the department’s assessment and management of the recreational fishery. When an adult purchases a Tidal Waters Sport fishing licence, they may be randomly selected to participate in a reporting program. It is a condition of Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences to complete the reporting program if selected, before the program’s closing date. Licence holders will not be selected to participate in more than one internet reporting program for each licence they hold; this policy is intended to limit the amount of time each licence holder spends reporting. If selected for the iREC or iARC reporting programs, a link to the reporting program, an access ID and the closing date will be provided at the bottom of the licence. Those selected for the iARC reporting program must retain their licence and those of any juvenile fishers in their household until after completing their reports between April 1 and April 23, 2021.  YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED. Additionally, if selected to a reporting program, you will be sent an e-mail with an access link. It will include additional information to assist you in completing your report. For this reason, it is important that you ensure that your current e-mail address is entered into the licensing system. To update your e-mail address go to:  https://recfish-pechesportive.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm . The reporting programs are conducted for DFO by PRA Inc. Individual responses remain strictly confidential and are protected in accordance with the provisions of the federal Privacy Act:

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/P-21/index.html. Thank you for your cooperation and contribution to these important reporting programs. “Your catch counts”. MORE INFORMATION regarding the reporting programs is available at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/report-declarez-eng.html . MORE INFORMATION regarding reporting program privacy is available at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/report-declarez-eng.html#privacy . FOR INQUIRIES, email the DFO Sport Fishing Report team at [email protected] .  Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0323 . Sent March 31, 2020 at 11:43. Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca . If you would like to unsubscribe, please submit your request at: http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=manage_subscription . If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail to: [email protected]a