Nootka Fishery (Closed)

NOOTKA FISHERY 

OPEN – JULY 9Th – TBA, 2021 

FISHING AREA MAP

 

Nootka Fishing Area Map

For exact coordinates of fishing area boundaries and closed areas please see the full fisheries notice above.

T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Notice

Nootka fishery for Conuma bound Suuhaa – July 15 – TBA, 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 9th, 2021 at 00:01, End: Fishery will close based on catch rates.

FISHING AREA

Subarea 25-5, 25-6 & 25-7.  A portion of subarea 25-4, 25-5 & 25-8. As well as a portion of Area 125 1nm from shoreline.

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 HAIL OUT and IN for each trip. 

Age Restriction is now in effect: have to be 16 years and older in order to participate in the Nootka fishery.

GEAR

Troll, (single barbless hooks).  Gillnet, 50 fathoms, net depth max: 60 meshes). 

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 and IN 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

 

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 DOCK

HAIL-IN Required. Buyer will need to be pre-arranged prior to landing.

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 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 (Roger Dunlop)
250-283-2015 (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