Conuma Suuhaa Fishery (Chinook)

CONUMA SUUHAA FISHERY – OPEN JULY 15 – TBA, 2019. 

FISHING AREA MAP

 

Conuma Suuhaa Fishing Area Map

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Notice

For Conuma Suuhaa Fishery – July 15 – TBA, 2019.

The leadership of the Five Nations is authorizing a fishery to on the terms set out in this notice. It is important for fishers to be aware that DFO is imposing some licence conditions on this fishery opening that the leadership of the five Nations are not including as a requirement for the aboriginal-rights based fishery. The areas highlighted in blue in this notice indicate those licence conditions by DFO. Fishers should be aware of these conditions. Fishers who choose not to follow licence conditions imposed by DFO may face potential ramifications, including charges and prosecution from DFO, including for violations of the Fisheries Act and regulations.

OPENING TIME

Start: Monday July 15, 2019 at 00:01, End: Fishery will close based on catch rates.

FISHING AREA

Suuhaa: Subarea 25-6 & 25-7.  A portion of subarea 25-4, 25-5 & 25-8. 

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DESIGNATION

Participants must be a designated T’aaq-wiihak fisher and have a valid 2019 T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Card, and be fishing on a registered T’aaqwiihak vessel with a valid 2019 T’aaq-wiihak decal. Participants must HAIL OUT for each trip. 

Age Restriction is now in effect: have to be 16 years and older in order to participate in the conuma fishery.

GEAR

Troll, (single barbless hooks).  Gillnet, Drift (net length max: 50 fathoms, net depth max: 60 meshes). 1 license per boat.

SPECIES ALLOWED FOR SALE (size limits & trip limits)

Fishers are required to retain 100% of the fish they catch (including all rockfish), with the exception that fishers can release undersized salmon, halibut, lingcod and all dogfish. Fish that cannot be sold may be taken for home use. Fishers should be aware that some buyers will observe DFO regulations.

HAIL OUT PROCEDURES

  • Fishers are required to Hail Out to participate in the opening. You must hail out as you are leaving to go fish.
  • You cannot hail out for the whole opening, only when you are actually going out fishing.
  • Landings will not be authorized if you do not hail out.
  • Hail Out by calling your fisheries manager or 24 hours a day by calling or texting 250-283-2015 or Email HAILMMFN@taaqwiihak.ca

****NOTE: If you are wanting to fish in the groundfish directed fishery or fish in Areas 124/125/126 please hail out to the multi-species fin fish fishery by calling or texting 250-266-0418 or hail out online HERE.

OFFLOAD PROCEDURES

Fishers will be required to provide dockside monitors with a minimum of 12 hours notice to set up another offload time.  

Offloads can occur only at defined landing sites as outlined below:

DYTANN QUEEN (Walcan packer vessel)

Landing date, time, and location to be determined.

GOLD RIVER BOAT LAUNCH & TUTA MARINA

Contact Nathan George by phone 250-283-2015  or Radio Channel 10 to arrange for a landing time and a monitor.

FISHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Fishers must fill out their Fishing Logs on a daily basis (WHITE PADS) recording all kept AND released fish.
  • Fishers are required to secure their own fish (salted) ice, and ensure fish are delivered cleaned and properly chilled. Failure to do so may affect price received and/or ability to sell catch.
  • Fishers are required to retain 100% of the fish they catch (including all rockfish). Fishers can only release undersized salmon, undersized lingcod, and dogfish. All releases must be recorded in the Fisher’s Logbook. Fish that cannot be sold can be retained for home use.
  • Fishers are required to adhere to the conditions and restrictions defined in the R/R documents.
  • Fishers are required to ensure their vessels meet all necessary health and safety standards with Transport Canada, CFIA and WorksafeBC.

PACKING FISH

Packing, or landing catch for another vessel, is only authorized in cases where the combined catch on board the vessel does not exceed the trip limit. If the catch does exceed the trip limit, written authorization from your fisheries manager will be required. The packer must produce a signed fishing log (completed by the fisher) for the catch.

MONITORING

  • 100% of landings and catch must be monitored by T’aaq-wiihak dockside monitor prior to sale. A T’aaq-wiihak Landing Slip is required before any fish can be sold.
  • All halibut being sold will be tagged with a white HA’OOM Tag prior to sale to support traceability and accountability of T’aaq-wiihak fish and to mark it as unique in the marketplace.
  • Home use may be offloaded prior to landing at the designated landing site if your fisheries manager verifies the catch and provides you with an offload record to be provided to the T’aaq-wiihak monitor at the time of landing.
  • Your Nation and DFO will be doing on water patrols.
  • NOTE- DFO is requiring that all trollers use a Vessel Monitoring System when participating in this fishery. According to DFO’s requirement, trollers must have VMS installed and operating, using a service provider. The Nations leadership is not requiring trollers to use VMS for this fishery.

FISHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Fishers are required to secure their own fish ice (salted), and ensure fish are delivered dressed and properly chilled. Failure to do so may affect price received and/or ability to sell catch.
  • Fishers are required to adhere to the conditions and restrictions defined in the T’aaq-wiihak Requirements & Responsibilities Agreement with their Ha’wiih
  • Fishers are required to ensure their vessels comply with Transport Canada, CFIA and WorksafeBC regulations.

BUYERS

It is the business of each fisher who they sell to and at what price. This is not controlled by T’aaq-wiihak or your Nation. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Your Fisheries Manager/Coordinator

MMFN (Nathan George)
250-283-2015 (office)

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Staff

NTC Central Region Office
250-725-3899

Alex Gagne (T’aaq-wiihak Manager)
250-266-1071

DFO Salmon Resource Manager

Ryan O’Connell
250-756-7160