Mission, BC – The Salmon Fisheries ban on the Fraser River that was issued on Friday will remain issued until further notice. The low level of the Fraser Rover and the stocks numbers are obviously the main concern.
This is the notice that was issued by DFO On Friday:
Effective one hour after sunset on Friday, August 14, 2015 until further notice, fishing for salmon is not permitted on the Fraser River in Region 2.
Region 2 waters are those waters between the downstream edge of the CPR bridge at Mission, BC to the downstream side of the Alexandra Bridge.
Current run size estimates of Fraser River Summer Run sockeye salmon combined with record water temperatures in the Fraser River have resulted in no allowable harvest and a conservation concern.
The Department’s priorities are to ensure that there is sufficient sockeye returning to the spawning grounds.
The Department will manage all fisheries to minimize sockeye impacts and provide priority access to First Nations’ fishing for food, social and ceremonial purposes.
Recreational fishing opportunities for trout, steelhead and sturgeon and other non-salmon species in this area remain open.
Recreational fishing opportunities on the Fraser River for pink and chum salmon are anticipated later in the season subject to available abundance.
Anglers are advised to check http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.
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) .