Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fishery Notice: Seine Pink Opening in Area 3

Fishery Notice announcing a seine opening in Area 3 for July 16. The red color is the open area.

COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Seine
Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0513-Commercial - Salmon: Area A Seine - Area 3 Opening - July 16

Area 3
Seines open 16 hours 06:00 hours to 22:00 hours Thursday July 16 in Subareas 3-3 north and east of a line that begins at Elliott Pt on Somerville Island,
thence to 54 degrees 39 minutes north latitude and 130 degrees 37 minutes west longitude, thence true north to the International Boundary, 3-7, 3-9, 3-11, the
portion of 3-12 within 1.0 nautical miles of the Pearse Island shore, 3-13, and 3-17. Min bunt mesh 70 mm. V.O.# 2009-NCSAL-020

This is a pink directed fishery. Chinook, chum, coho, and steelhead mandatory release.

Seiners should be aware that there is currently an at-sea observer program in operation in Area 3. Vessels that are requested to take an observer on board
shall do so, in accordance with regulation.

Fishers are reminded when moving between areas with different non-retention and non-possession rules that they must always offload prior to fishing in the area
they are moving to.

Brailing and sorting your catch prior to placing fish in the hold is mandatory. Operating revival boxes are also mandatory, and may be used to revive fish
prior to release.

Vessel operators are reminded to keep wake and wash to a minimum in Prince Rupert Harbour, Porpoise Harbour and Venn Passage, and specifically the Digby Island and Metlakatla dock areas.

Vessel operators are reminded to display proper navigation lights and have them turned on from sunset to sunrise. Failure to display proper navigation lights
is a contravention of the Collision Regulations.

Fishers are reminded that a mandatory logbook and phone-in program is in place. Note that a phone report is required for all fishing activity even if no fish
are caught. Failure to report zero catches may result in over estimation of total catch. See your conditions of licence for more information.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is interested in reports of sea turtles in BC waters. By documenting sightings we are able to learn more about how, when, and
where these turtles are using our waters. If you see a sea turtle, please call this toll-free phone number: 1-866-I SAW ONE (1-866-472-9663) or e-mail
sightings@vanaqua.org. Please include information such as the type of sea turtle seen (i.e. leatherback), the location, and time of sighting.

Fishers are requested to avoid fishing among birds and not to run the net if birds are near the net. Fishers are requested to retain all dead birds which
are entangled and to release live and unharmed birds by placing them in the water. Please check all birds for metal bird bands (rings) on the leg. If a
bird is banded please contact Laurie Wilson with the band number and capture date and location at 1-866-431-2473 or by the email below. Handle birds with
gloves, double bag dead birds and label each bird with date, time, and location and store them on ice. Please call your local charter patrol to organize pick-
up or drop them off at a local DFO office. Alternatively, please send photographs of birds with a reference object such as a coin, and the date, time
and location to laurie.wilson@ec.gc.ca. Your names and vessel names do not need to be identified or included.

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