Muchalaht Inlet Suuhaa Fishery (Chinook)

MUCHALAHT INLET SUUHAA FISHERY – OPEN AUGUST 9 – TBA, 2019. 

FISHING AREA MAP

 

Muchalaht Inlet Suuhaa Fishing Area Map

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Notice

For Muchalaht Inlet Suuhaa Fishery – August 9 – TBA, 2019.

OPENING TIME

Start: Friday August 9, 2019 at 00:01, End: Fishery will close based on catch rates.

FISHING AREA

 A portion of subarea 25-1 as shown in the fishing area map.

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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 Email HAILMMFN@taaqwiihak.ca

 

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:

GOLD RIVER BOAT LAUNCH & TUTA MARINA

AHMINAQUIS BOAT LAUNCH 

YUQUOT

Contact Kadin Snook by phone (250) 204-1522  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 (Kadin Snook)
250-204-1522(cell)

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