Inherent Right T’aaq-wiihak Fishery

Inherent Right T’aaq-wiihak Fishery 2021  – Fisheries Notice – OPEN AUGUST 13, 2021

Updated Wednesday, August 11th, 3:05pm

The Ha’wiih of the Five Nations is authorizing a fishery to open on the terms set out in this notice. This fishery is authorized under the inherent authority of the Ha’wiih, as affirmed in the Five Nations Ha’wiih Declaration on Allocations for the 2021 Five Nations Commercial Fishery, to occur within their respective Ha’houlthee. This fishery is not authorized by DFO and so fishers may face consequences including charges and prosecution from DFO for violations of the Fisheries Act and other regulations. 

*NOTICE* Fishers are required to hail in 24 hours before to set up offload. There will be no set landing window for offloading.

FISHING AREA MAP FOR inherent right t’aaq-wiihak fishery

 

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Notice

For Inherent Right T’aaq-wiihak Fishery 2021 – Updated August 11th, 2021.

The Ha’wiih of the Five Nations is authorizing a fishery to open on the terms set out in this notice. This fishery is authorized under the inherent authority of the Ha’wiih, as affirmed in the Five Nations Ha’wiih Declaration on Allocations for the 2021 Five Nations Commercial Fishery, to occur within their respective Ha’houlthee. This fishery is not authorized by DFO and so fishers may face consequences including charges and prosecution from DFO for violations of the Fisheries Act and other regulations.

OPENING TIME:  

Start: August 5, 2021, End: TBD.

FISHING AREA

The collective ha-ha-houlthee of the Five Nations’ Ha’wiih. Southern Boundary of Long Beach, Northern boundary of Grassy Island. Parts of DFO PFMAs 24, 25,26 and 124, 125, 126.

View Fishing Area Map

DESIGNATION

Must be a designated T’aaq-wiihak fisher*have a letter of authorization from their respective Ha’wiih, and be fishing on a registered T’aaq-wiihak vessel with a valid 2021 T’aaq-wiihak decal. Participants must HAIL OUT for each trip, and HAIL IN before each landing.  

* Registration can be completed online at www.taaq.ca 

GEAR

troll, jig, longline. Longline gear is restricted to offshore use to reduce potential interceptions of at-rick rockfish species such as Yelloweye. Avoid use of longline gear in in-shore waters.

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
Online: Hail Out Here

MULTI-DAY trips are not to be longer than 6 days, if you require additional time due to unforeseen circumstances (such as engine trouble) please check in with Ecotrust (250-266-0418). 

LANDING/HAIL IN PROCEDURES

A Designated Ecotrust Monitor must be present at all landings. Ecotrust Monitor will validate your catch, collect fishing logs and provide you with a T’aaq-wiihak Landing Slip. 20% of landings will also be CWT sampled by Ecotrust Monitors in Tofino or J.O. Thomas Monitors in Zeballos. 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL LANDINGS NEED TO BE PRE-ARRANGED AT A TIME THAT WORKS FOR YOU AND YOUR BUYER. PLEASE GIVE ECOTRUST 24 HOURS NOTICE. 

Landings can occur only at the designated landing sites outlined below:

Tofino

4th Street Dock: HAIL IN Required – O.N.A. Day buyer available from 5-7pm (buyer needs to be prearranged outside of this window)
Lions Gate Fisheries: Monday/Wednesday HAIL IN Required.

Zeballos

Mid Island Ice: Call to arrange offload times.

Gold River

Gold River Dock/Ahminaquis Boat Launch: HAIL IN Required – Buyers needs to be pre-arranged by fisher before landing.

PLEASE NOTE:

Fishers MUST HAIL IN to confirm a landing time at least 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 9AM to 5PM daily

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.
  • Fishers must provide Ecotrust T’aaq-wiihak Monitors access to their catch for validation and CWT Sampling, in Zeballos CWT Sampling will be performed by J.O. Thomas.
  • 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

Please refer to the COVID-19 notices posted at the landing sites for landing procedures.

Information on the Bligh Island Oil Spill Incident 

There is an active incident related to a historic wreck in the Zuciarte Channel near Bligh Island (PFMA 25-15) in Nootka Sound. There is a slow release of oil assumed to be Bunker C, which is more persistent than diesel as only 5-10% evaporates within the first few hours of a spill. An Incident Command Post (ICP) is in place to coordinate a response to the incident. The ICP is led by a Unified Command with a representative from the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG); BC Ministry of Environment, and the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation. A Joint Information Centre has been established for regular updates and can be found at: http://www.spillresponsebc.ca/. 

Booms have been deployed and response vessels are actively working in PFMA 25-15 (https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/areas-secteurs/docs/25-eng.pdf). We ask that fishers avoid the area around the spill while response operations continue. The situation may change over the coming weeks and we may provide additional information on areas to avoid or other management measures prior to the upcoming fishery opening. 

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.

As of August 12, 2021 NO SET BUYERS HAVE BEEN SECURED. It is the responsibility of fishers to set up their own buyers.


*NOTICE* Fishers are required to hail in 24 hours before to set up offload. There will be no set landing window for offloading.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Your Fisheries Manager/Coordinator

AFN (Luke Swan)
250-670-9535 (office)
250-266-2509 (cell)

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

HFN (Jacquline Titian)
250-670-1122 (office)

MMFN (Roger Dunlop)
250-283-2015 (office)

TFN (Andrew Jackson)
250-725-3350 (office)

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Staff

Kadin Snook (Fisheries Coordinator)
250-204-1522