Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Salmon)

Category(s):

      RECREATIONAL - Salmon
 
      Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 
Subject: FN1025-Increase Angling area for coho salmon on the Stamp River Region 1
 
Effective immediately until 23:59 hours October 31 the following closure near
Robertson Creek Hatchery lagoon as been reduced from:
 
That portion of the Stamp River from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp
River at the inlet of Robertson Creek Hatchery Lagoon downstream approximately
750 metres to boundary signs on opposite sides of the Stamp River.
 
To:
that portion of the Stamp River southerly of a line from a boundary sign near
the southwestern shore of the inlet to Robertson Creek hatchery Lagoon near the
point located at 49 degrees 20.343 North longitude, 124 degrees 59.171 West
Latitude to a boundary sign near the southeastern shore of the outlet of
Robertson Creek hatchery Lagoon located near the point at 49 degrees 20.360
North longitude, 124 degrees 58.787 West Latitude.
 
Due to the abundant forecast of Coho the local SFAC reps requested a change to
the closed area near Robertson Creek Hatchery Lagoon which would give them more
open area and access to coho.  The request was approved by the Harvest
Committee.
 
It was important to the Harvest Committee to allow anglers to continue angling
the Stamp and Somass rivers for surplus coho, steelhead and trout while having
as minimal impact on chinook as possible.   
 
On the expiration date of the above measure this area will revert to the
regulations in the Freshwater Salmon Supplement of Sport Fishing Guide and the
British Columbia Sport Fishing Synopsis.
 
VO# 2013-480
 
NOTE:
 
Anglers are further reminded of the following:
 
 - Chinook salmon remains closed on all rivers flowing into Area 23.
 - Single, barbless hooks only are required on all streams on Vancouver Island.
 - Anglers are asked to use techniques known to attract target species and
avoid chinook.
 - The AVSFAC recommends that anglers not use leaders heavier than 12 pound
test to facilitate the release of chinook.
 - If migrating chinook are visible while angling for other target species, do
not attempt to lure or attract them to catch but provide them passage. If there
is a number of chinook in the area you are fishing consider moving to an area
where they are less prevalent.
 - In prior years with low chinook returns, anglers have successfully
demonstrated their ability to avoid chinook. Continued angler support of this
principle is essential.
 - The daily limit for coho salmon in the Stamp and Somass rivers is two (2).
 - Intentionally foul-hooking salmon or attempting to foul-hook salmon is
illegal. Lack of compliance in this fishery could result in the fishery being
immediately closed on short notice therefore your cooperation is encouraged.
 - 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: 1-866-
431-FISH (3474).
 
The DFO recreational fishery website is located at:www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-
gp/rec.
 
For further information contact the Port Alberni Department of Fisheries and
Oceans Office at (250)720-4440.