2020 fisheries management measures to protect Fraser River chinook

Chinook salmon populations have been in decline for years as a result of a number of factors including habitat destruction, harvest, and the effects of climate change. Of the 13 wild Fraser River chinook salmon populations assessed, only one is not at risk. The science is clear. The loss of these chinook populations would be disastrous not just for wildlife that depend on them as a food source, but also for the many BC communities whose jobs and ways of life depend on chinook salmon. That’s why the Government of Canada has taken, and is taking concrete actions to ensure that at-risk chinook salmon are protected for future generations.

Fisheries management measures for 2020 support the conservation of at risk Fraser River chinook populations with measures similar to 2019 with additional restrictions to strengthen conservation and some flexibility for additional fisheries for all harvesters in areas where impacts to stocks of concern will be very low. These measures were developed following consultation with Indigenous communities, recreational and commercial fishing organizations and environmental organizations. These measures are one component of broad efforts intended to place at risk Pacific salmon populations on a path towards sustainability.

Fisheries management measures for the 2020 fishing season include:

These new measures are difficult, but they are necessary to address Fraser River chinook declines. A continued decline would irrevocably harm species that depend on the survival of chinook salmon, such as the Southern Resident killer whale. In addition, it would permanently affect the culture, heritage and livelihoods of Indigenous communities and permanently eliminate many jobs in the recreational and commercial fishing industries.

Maps of recreational fisheries chinook management measures

WCVI Offshore, Johnstone Strait, Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca

Map of management actions for West Coast Vancouver Island Offshore, Johnstone Strait, Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca

Map of management actions for West Coast Vancouver Island Offshore, Johnstone Strait, Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca

Please refer to the relevant Fishery Notices outlining fisheries management measures in place to support the recovery of Southern Resident killer whales for any additional fishing restrictions.

A small number of terminal and non-Fraser chinook retention opportunities are under consideration and may be announced in a separate Fishery Notice.

WCVI Subareas 20-1, 20-2, Area 121, and seaward of a 1 nm Boundary Line in Areas 123 to 127

  • Apr. 1 to Jul. 14: No retention of chinook
  • July 15 to July 31: 2 chinook per day, max 80 cm.
  • Aug 1 to Dec 31: 2 chinook per day

Full coordinates can be found in FN0565. For clarity, chinook daily limits remain at 2 per day shoreward of this Boundary Line, and also in Areas 21 to 27.

Queen Charlotte Strait and Johnstone Strait

Area 12, excluding Subarea 12-14:

  • April 1 July 14: No retention of chinook in the majority of Area 12
  • July 15 to August 16: 1 chinook per day, max 80 cm.
  • Aug 17 to Aug 31: 1 chinook per day
  • Sept. 1 to Dec. 31: 2 chinook per day

For clarity, chinook daily limits remain at 2 per day in Area 11 and Subarea 12-14.

Strait of Georgia – North

Areas 13 to 17, Subareas 29-1 and 29-2:

  • April 1 to July 14: No retention of chinook
  • July 15 to Aug 31: 1 chinook per day, max 80 cm
  • Sept 1 to Dec 31: 2 chinook per day

Strait of Georgia – South and Juan de Fuca

Areas 18, Subareas 19-3 to 19-12, Subareas 20-3 to 20-7, Area 28 and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 (with the exception of those portions of Areas 28 and 29 listed below), and Subarea 29-8:

  • April 1 to July 31: No retention of chinook
  • Aug 1 to Aug 31: 1 chinook per day, max 80 cm
  • Sept 1 to Dec 31: 2 chinook per day

Portions of Southern Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet

Full coordinates can be found in FN0565.

  • April 1 to Aug 31: No fishing for chinook
  • Sept 1 to Dec 31: 2 chinook per day
Area 29 Fraser River tidal and non-tidal

Map of management actions for Area 29 Fraser River tidal and non-tidal

Map of management actions for Area 29 Fraser River tidal and non-tidal

Approaches to Fraser River

Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 to 29-17 and the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River from Mission Bridge to the confluence with Sawmill Creek:

  • Jan 1 to Nov 1: No fishing for salmon (Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks may be considered at a later date)

Freshwater Regions 3,5,7 and; 8:

  • Year round: Closed to fishing for salmon (Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks may be considered at a later date)

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