Multi-Species Finfish Fishery

MULTI-SPECIES FINFISH FISHERY – CLOSED.

FISHERY UPDATE August 19, 2019:

*****ATTENTION FISHERS*****
We are out of chinook allocation – AABM FISHERY IS CLOSED. Vessels hailed out can fish until NOON TODAY, and landings will be accepted TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY. NO EXCEPTIONS

FISHING AREA MAP FOR MULTI-SPECIES FINFISH FISHERY

 

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Notice

For Multi-species Finfish Fishery – August 17 – August 20, 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: Saturday August 17, 2019 at 00:01, End: Tuesday August 20, 2019 at 23:59.

FISHING AREA

Tuskuuh (Lingcod):  Area 124, Area 125, a portion of Area 126, Sub-Areas 24-1 to 24-14, 25-1 to 25-13, 25-15, 25-16, 26-1.  Rockfish conservation areas are closed.  See fishing area maps on www.taaq.ca or on the DFO website for supplemental information. NOTE DFO IS IMPOSING THE 9 NM seaward limit.

Suuhaa (Chinook Salmon): The area seaward of 1nm in area 124, 125, and a portion of Area 126. Rockfish conservation areas are closed. There are additional closures outside of 1nm in area 125, please see map for coordinates. NOTE DFO IS IMPOSING THE 9 NM seaward limit.

View Fishing Area Map

DESIGNATION

Participants must be a designated T’aaq-wiihak fisher and have a valid 2018 T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Card, and be fishing on a registered T’aaqwiihak vessel with a valid 2019 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.

GEAR

Troll (single barbless hooks), jig, Longline of up to 300 hooks. (NOTE- DFO is not permitting the use of longline gear. The Nations are authorizing longline gear up to 300 hooks.)

SPECIES ALLOWED FOR SALE (size limits & trip limits)

Please note:  There will be no Halibut allowed for sale during this opening.

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.  20% of landings will also be CWT sampled by T’aaq-wiihak Monitors in Tofino or J.O. Thomas Monitors in Zeballos.  Landings can occur only at the designated landing sites outlined below:

Tofino

4th Street Dock: Daily from 5-7pm. HAIL IN required for landings at another time.
Lions Gate Fisheries: HAIL IN Required.

Zeballos

Mid Island Ice: HAIL IN Required.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are landing your fish at 4th Street Dock between 5-7pm please arrive with enough time for our monitors to land your fish within that timeframe.

For vessels returning from a multi-day trip, fishers must HAIL IN 24 hrs in advance to arrange for a monitor to be at the landing.   You can HAIL IN to 250-266-0418.  The HAIL phone is monitored from 7am to 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.
  • 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.

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

AFN (Luke Swan)
250-670-9535 (office)
250-266-2509 (cell)
ECFN (Lyle Billy)
250-761-4155 (office)

HFN (VACANT)
250-670-1100 (office)

MMFN (Kadin Snook)
250-204-1522 (cell)

TFN (Andrew Jackson)
250-725-3350 (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