Thursday, June 23, 2011

More early Area 3 Nass Gillnet Openings

A Fishery Announcement stating 2 more Area 3 Gillnet Openings. And this just after the North Coast Salmon Update #1 declares the Nass sockeye run to be below average. Oh well, DFO Managers must know what they are doing, right?
Really nothing new here as Area 3 is the dumping ground or clearing house for any needed gillnet openings on the north coast. DFO figures no one will notice if they have 15 to 19 gillnet openings up there every year.

COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net
Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0509-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net - Area C - Area 3 & 4 - Opening
Area 3

Gill nets open 16 hours from 06:00 hours to 22:00 hours Monday June 27 and Tuesday June 28 in the following areas:
A portion of Subarea 3-7 north of a line running from Elliot Pt on Somerville Island south to John Pt on Hogan Island, and thence southwest along the shore of Hogan Island to Father Pt to Maskelyne Pt on Maskelyne Island (Emma Pass closure).  And the portion of Subarea 3-7 southeast of one nautical mile off the shore of Wales Island and southeast of 0.5 nautical mile off the shore of
Pearse Island (this is a ribbon boundary off Wales and Pearse Islands). 
A portion of Subarea 3-12 southeast of 0.5 nautical miles of the shore of Pearse Island (this is a ribbon boundary off Pearse Island).

Max mesh 137 mm. Max depth 60 meshes, Max hang ratio 3:1, Corkline to web distance min 0 cm max 45 cm; or, max depth 90 meshes, max hang ratio 3:1, corkline to web distance min 1.2 m to a max 1.5 m. Variation Order V.O.# 2011-
The target species in Area 3 is Nass sockeye.

Note new non-possession rules:
All gill net fisheries in Area 3 are being conducted with non-retention, non-possession of chum, coho & steelhead. None of these species may be aboard a vessel that is engaged in fishing unless they are being revived in the revival tank immediately prior to release.

There are a number of weak Chinook stocks in Area 3 that are currently in the rebuilding phase. Fishers are requested to release all live Chinook to the water with the least possible harm. Operating revival tanks are mandatory and may be used to revive fish prior to release.

Area 4
Assessment continues on Chinook escapements to the Skeena River.

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