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Author Topic: 2012 Fraser River chinook & sockeye management updates - Openings and closures  (Read 6194 times)

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May 3rd, 2012 - Please note the following saltwater management measures for chinook salmon fishing.

http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/xnet/content/fns/index.cfm?pg=view_notice&lang=en&DOC_ID=142173&ID=recreational

http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/xnet/content/fns/index.cfm?pg=view_notice&lang=en&DOC_ID=142177&ID=recreational

There will be ongoing updates leading up to the in-river openings in July for the Fraser River chinook from DFO and we'll post them in this thread when they become available.

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    RECREATIONAL - Salmon

    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 
Subject: FN0749-RECREATIONAL - SALMON:  Region 2 - Salmon fishing in the Fraser River and tributaries
         
Due to the current low abundance of sockeye the Department is reminding anglers
that there are no recreational fishing opportunities for sockeye in Region 2,
the waters of the Fraser River and its tributaries.

Fishing for chinook (4 per day with only one greater than 50 cm) and chum (2
per day) salmon remains open.

While fishing for chinook and chum salmon, anglers are advised to avoid using
fishing methods such as bottom bouncing that catch sockeye salmon and use other
fishing methods that are selective
.

The first principle of selective fishing is to avoid catching non-targeted
stocks.  This means that anglers should use methods that do not catch sockeye.

The following fishing methods enable anglers to catch chinook and chum salmon
and avoid sockeye salmon interceptions:

Bar Fishing
Trolling Spoons at Creek mouths
Float Fishing
Pulling Plugs
Fly Fishing

We encourage anglers to continue to use these methods to target chinook and
chum while avoiding sockeye.

All non-target species caught must be released immediately in a manner that
causes the least harm.  For further information and tips on releasing salmon,
please visit the DFO website at: 
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/points/responsbl-eng.htm

Notes:

The aggregate daily limit for all species of Pacific Salmon (other than
kokanee) from tidal and non-tidal waters combined is four (4).

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
River.

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.

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.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0749
Sent August 17, 2012 at 15:30
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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While fishing for chinook and chum salmon, anglers are advised to avoid using
fishing methods such as bottom bouncing that catch sockeye salmon and use other
fishing methods that are selective
.

Does this notice make Bottom Bouncing illegal in the Fraser during this sockeye closure and/or future bottom bouncings?
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Does this notice make Bottom Bouncing illegal in the Fraser during this sockeye closure and/or future bottom bouncings?
Not illegal but historically if people don't stop bb'ing they will close the river to all fishing to protect the sox.
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