FN0492 Recreational Coho Management Measures in Areas 11 to 20, 111 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5

FN0492-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Coho – Areas 11 to 20, 111 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 – Coho Management Measures – Effective June 1, 2020

Continuing conservation concerns for Interior Fraser Coho require that 2020 Coho management measures remain precautionary.

Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for Coho is two (2) per day, (hatchery marked only) effective 00:01 hours June 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in Areas 11 to 20, 111 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5. These measures exclude finfish closed areas and Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs). Please check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for further information.

Area 111 and Subareas 11-1, 11-2 and 12-14 (Portion of Queen Charlotte Sound):

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

Subareas 11-3 to 11-10 (Inside Nakwakto Rapids):

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2020, until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (Hatchery marked or unmarked).

Subareas 12-3 to 12-13, 12-15, 12-16 (except for the Hardy Bay portion described separately below) 12-17 to 12-19 and 12-21 to 12-23:

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

Portion of Area 12-16 (Hardy Bay):

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in that portion of Subarea 12-16 (Hardy Bay, inside of line from Duval Point to Daphne Point) you may retain four (4) hatchery marked Coho per day.

Subareas 12-26 to 12-48 (Portion of the Mainland Inlets):

Effective June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

Subareas 13-20, 13-21, a portion of 13-22 (East Side of Stuart Island and a portion of Bute Inlet):

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours September 15, 2020, in Subareas 13-20, 13-21 and that portion of Subarea 13-22 (described as those waters in Bute Inlet from the RCA boundary sign at Littleton Point across to the opposite shore at 50 degrees 49.900′ N and 124 degrees 51.6290′ W) you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

Portion of Subarea 14-11 (Baynes Sound):

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 14-11 Baynes Sound inside a line from the Cape Lazo Light, then to the P-54 Bell Buoy on Comox Bar, then to Longbeak Point, then to the mouth of Hart (Washer) Creek, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

Portion of Subarea 15-1 (Lang Creek):

Effective 00:01 hours August 15 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 15-1 east of a line from Albion Point (locally known as Black Point) to Scotchfir Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

Subarea 16-5 and Portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay):

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in Subarea 16-5 and a portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay – southerly of a line from Nine Mile Point true west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore) you may retain four (4) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

Portion of Subarea 18-8 (Separation Point):

Effective 00:01 hours November 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in that portion of Subarea 18-8, inside of a line between Separation Point and Cherry Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

No salmon fishing – Portions of Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5, 18-9 – dates to be announced in June

A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be issued with detailed information on the duration and description of these measures.

Area 19:

Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in Area 19, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

Subarea 20-2 and portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light):

Effective 00:01 hours September 5 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in Subarea 20-2, and a portion of Subarea 20-1 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only two (2) may be unmarked.

Portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light), Subareas 20-3 to 20-7:

Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 20-1 (seaward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point) and Subareas 20-3 to 20-7, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

No salmon fishing – Subareas 20-3 and 20-4 – dates to be announced in June

A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be issued with detailed information on the duration and description of these measures.

Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek):

Effective 00:01 hours September 15 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek of Davis Bay and Trail Bay, inside a half mile ribbon boundary (1/2 mile offshore), commencing from one half mile true South of the Western boundary of Snickett Park (49 degrees 27.625’N and 123 degrees 45.903’W to one half mile true South of the marker at the entrance to the Port Stalashin Marina (49 degrees 25.875’N and 123 degrees 42.824’W), you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

Variation Orders: 2020-RFQ-0194

Notes:

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

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 Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling 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.

Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing. Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas and other recreational fishing information can be found on the Internet at:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish