DFO Announces Closure of Recreational Salmon Fishing on Skeena
Recreational salmon fishing on the entire Skeena River watershed has been closed until further notice -- effective immediately.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has also announced an immediate closure of recreational chinook fishing in the entire Nass watershed.
And no retention of chinook salmon is allowed in any rivers draining into Pacific Fishery Management Areas one to six until further notice.
The DFO says recreational harvesting opportunities for Skeena coho and pink salmon MAY occur at a later date -- and will be announced through a Fishery Notice.
Predictions of historic low returns of sockeye and chinook prompted the DFO to warn stakeholders and businesses earlier this year to prepare for a closure.
=== FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA NOTICE ===
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
FN0372-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - North Coast - Region 6 - Non-tidal Waters - Salmon Close Time and Chinook Quotas - Effective Immediately
Effective immediately recreational salmon fishing in the entire Skeena River Watershed is closed until further notice. Effective immediately recreational chinook fishing in the entire Nass River Watershed is closed until further notice. Effective immediately there is no retention of Chinook salmon in all rivers draining into Pacific Fishery Management Areas 1 to 6 until further notice. Variation Orders #2018-rfq-272, 2018-rfq-273, 2018-rfq-274, 2018-rfc-275, 2018- rfc-276 Recreational harvesting opportunities for Skeena Coho and Pink salmon may occur at a later date and will be announced by Fishery Notice. Please refer to the on-line BC Sport Fishing Guide and future Fishery Notices, for details on confirmed opening dates, times and other restrictions. http://bcsportfishguide.ca Notes: 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 or the British Columbia's toll-free RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Fishing information, contact: Darren Chow Acting Recreational Fisheries Manager Fisheries & Oceans Canada 417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8 250 627-3441 Media inquiries, contact: Lara Sloan Communications Officer Fisheries & Oceans Canada (250) 363-3749 Lara.Sloan@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0372
Sent May 8, 2018 at 1424