Esperanza Fishery

Esperanza Fishery – Open July 1st, 2021

FISHING AREA MAP FOR Esperanza Fishery

 

NOTE: Like previous years, the Nations continue to authorize fishers to harvest within the Area of ECFN’s territory that overlaps with Nuuchatlaht (the cross hatched area). DFO is excluding this area from the communal license, as such fishers may be subject to enforcement if harvesting in this area, as it is outside the bounds of the DFO license.

The coordinates for the DFO authorized area can be found in the DFO licence.

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Notice

For Esperanza Fishery – July 1, 2021.

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: Friday July 10, 2020 at 00:01, End: Until the Allocation is achieved.

FISHING AREA

A portion of 25-13, a portion of 25-9 (near Esperanza), and a portion of area 125 extending out 1nm from the shoreline.

NOTE: Like previous years, the Nations continue to authorize fishers to harvest within the Area of ECFN’s territory that overlaps with Nuuchatlaht (the cross hatched area). DFO is excluding this area from the communal license, as such fishers may be subject to enforcement if harvesting in this area, as it is outside the bounds of the DFO license.

The hatched area can be seen on the map.

View Fishing Area Map

DESIGNATION

Participants must be a designated T’aaq-wiihak fisher and have a valid 2021 T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Card, and be fishing on a registered T’aaqwiihak vessel with a valid 2021 T’aaq-wiihak decal. Participants must fly a red T’aaq-wiihak flag while on a T’aaq-wiihak fishing trip and must HAIL OUT and IN for each trip.

GEAR

Troll; barbless hooks and Gillnet; 50 fathom, 60 meshes deep.

 

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 for each trip. Hail outs can be made up to 12 hours before leaving the dock. Landings will not be authorized if you do not hail out. HAIL OUTS can be made 24 hours/day to:

Phone (call/text/voicemail): 250-266-0418
Website: http://taaq.ca

LANDING/HAIL IN PROCEDURES

A Designated T’aaq-wiihak Ecotrust Monitor must be present at all landings.  A T’aaq-wiihak Ecotrust Monitor will validate your catch, collect fishing logs and provide you with a T’aaq-wiihak Landing Slip.  Landings can occur only at the designated landing sites outlined below:

Zeballos

Mid Island Ice: Until further notice, fishers must offload their own catch.  Ice is not available. 

PLEASE NOTE:

Fishers MUST HAIL IN to confirm a landing time 24hrs in ADVANCE to arrange for a monitor to be at the landing, please understand that we need time to arrange this. You can HAIL IN to 250-266-0418. The HAIL phone is monitored from 7am – 7pm.

FISHING LOGS

Fishers must fill out a Fishing Log on a daily basis (one page per fishing day) recording all kept AND released fish. This fishing log must be submitted to the monitor at the time of landing.

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 a T’aaq-wiihak 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 Nations Guardians and DFO will be doing on water patrols.

COVID-19 LANDING PROCEDURES

WE ARE WORKING WITH ECOTRUST TO ENSURE EVERYONES SAFETY DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES. ECOTRUST CANADA HAS DEVELOPED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES TO COMPLY WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S COVID PROCEEDURES. PLEASE BE PATIENT AND LISTEN TO THE DIRECTION OF YOUR MONITORS DURING THIS TIME AND MAINTAIN AT LEAST 2M OF PHYSICAL DISTANCE AT ALL TIMES. WHILE THESE MEASURES ARE IN PLACE IT IS THE SHARED RESPONSBILITY OF ALL DURING LANDING ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE THESE MEASURES ARE FOLLOWED. NO LANDINGS WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION WILL BE ALLOWED.

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

ECFN (Dave Miller)
778-350-0476 (office)

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Staff

Kadin Snook (Fisheries Coordinator)
250-204-1522

DFO Salmon Resource Manager

Eamon Miyagi
250-286-5896

DFO Hook & Line Coordinator

Gwyn Mason
604-666-3244