MULTI-SPECIES FINFISH FISHERY – Fisheries Notice
OPEN: Saturday March 6, 2021
NOTE: Suuhaa will close temporarily March 31st, 2021
FISHING AREA MAP FOR MULTI-SPECIES FINFISH FISHERY
T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Notice
For Multi-species Finfish Fishery – April 1st, 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.
Start: Thursday April 1, 2021 at 00:01, End: based on catch rates.
Area 124, Area 125, a portion of Area 126, Sub-Areas 24, 25, and 26-1. Rockfish conservation areas are closed. Note: DFO is enforcing the 9nm limit.
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’aaq-wiihak 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 for each trip, and HAIL IN before each landing.
* Registration can be completed online at www.taaq.ca, due to covid-19 and delays in the postal service, we realize that getting decals in a timely manner to fish is not always possible, 2020 registration has been rolled over to March 31, 2021.
Troll (single barbless hooks), gang-troll, jig, and longline (Groundfish Directed ONLY). (NOTE- DFO is not permitting the use of longline gear).
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
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: Designated monitors will only be available to validate catch Monday – Friday.
Landings can occur only at the designated landing sites outlined below:
HUB City: Monday/Wednesday HAIL IN Required.
Lions Gate Fisheries: Monday/Wednesday HAIL IN Required.
4th Street Dock: Hail in Required
Gold River Dock/Ahminaquis Boat Launch: HAIL IN Required – no landings on weekends. Buyers needs to be pre-arranged by fisher before landing.
Mid Island Ice: CLOSED
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
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, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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)
HFN (Lisa Sabbas)
MMFN (Nathan George)
TFN (Andrew Jackson)
T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Staff
Kadin Snook (Fisheries Coordinator)
DFO Salmon Resource Manager
DFO Hook & Line Coordinator