Chinook Management Measures Effective March 1, 2021

FN0172-Chinook Salmon - Area 19 and 20

Effective 00:01 hours March 1, 2021, until March 31, 2021, the daily limit for Chinook is two (2) per day. These Chinook may be marked or unmarked 45 cm to 67 cm, and hatchery-marked only greater than 67 cm.

These measures apply in the following waters:

Subareas 19-1, 19-3, 19-4 and 20-4 to 20-7 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point and Sombrio Point).

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Variation Order: 2021-RFQ-045

Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries Reminder:

For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters. The annual licence period is from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Further information on specific management actions will be communicated by separate Fishery Notices. You can view or subscribe to fisheries notices at:

http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm

Fishers are also required to check the DFO website for a full list of any additional regulations and restrictions in the area being fished. Please refer to the DFO recreational fisheries website at the following web address for a full list of regulations and restrictions:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html

Rockfish Conservation Areas 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:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/rca-acs/index-eng.html

Notes:

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

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the 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 toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information.