New salmon regs announced for area fishers

Only springs and chinook with the adipose fin removed (hatchery) may be kept over 85 centimetres.

  • Jun. 21, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans have released new salmon fishing regulations for southern Vancouver Island, alleviating concerns of a complete ban to recreational and commercial anglers.

Effective June 18 to July 15, fishers will be allowed two chinook salmon (wild or hatchery) per person, per day, with a size between 45 and 85 centimetres.

Only springs and chinook with the adipose fin removed (hatchery) may be kept over 85 centimetres. The restriction remains in place up to Sombrio Point.

DFO’s unveiled restrictions still comes as a relief for recreational and commercial fishermen, who just one month ago faced a complete salmon fishing ban by DFO due to low salmon stocks.

“It could have been worse,” said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks.

Other things remain unchanged, however.

Barbless hooks are still required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of B.C., and the minimum size limit for chinook salmon in these waters is 45 centimetres.

Sport anglers are also encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and coho salmon.

For more information, please go online to pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

 

Just Posted

Shaving minutes off commutes among the goals for Victoria bus lanes

Work on southbound Douglas Street lane between Tolmie and Hillside getting underway

VicPD nab distracted driver with expired licence

On the phone while in motion, man had overdue fines from driving while impaired

Working for the common good

Film Awareness night examines alternate business models

Cooking with ‘Killer’

Reporter Dawn Gibson shares some of her favourite meals to make

WEB POLL: Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?

Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?… Continue reading

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberals get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

How high is safe from a tsunami? Four metres above sea level

Be disaster ready with food, water and clothing for seven days

Victoria Film Festival set for triumphant return to the big screen

Two decades on, diverse film lineups keep movie-goers coming to the box office

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victoria’s most wanted for the week of Jan. 23

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests or the seizure of property or drug

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Most Read