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Earlier monitoring start date for salmon fisheries closures protocol in the Gulf Islands based on Southern Resident Killer Whale presence

Release date: May 2022
Infographic: Earlier monitoring start date for salmon fisheries closures protocol in the Gulf Islands based on Southern Resident Killer Whale presence
Description: Earlier monitoring start date for salmon fisheries closures protocol in the Gulf Islands based on Southern Resident Killer Whale presence

Earlier monitoring start date for salmon fisheries closures protocol in the Gulf Islands based on Southern Resident Killer Whale presence

As part of the Government of Canada’s 2022 suite of management measures to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is continuing the fishing closure protocol for the southern Gulf Islands recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. Fishery closures will be triggered to close based on the first confirmed presence of Southern Resident Killer Whale(s) in the area.

Monitoring for Southern Resident Killer Whales begins onMay 5, 2022 – one month earlier than was done in 2021. DFO’s Whale Tracking Network and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Enhancing Cetacean and Observation (ECHO) Program, working closely with its local partners, will conduct visual and acoustic monitoring in the area. Once Southern Resident Killer Whales are confirmed to be present, the fishery closures will be triggered to close and will remain in place until October 31, 2022.

This closure protocol is applicable to recreational and commercial salmon fishing closures in Subarea 18-9 and portions of Subareas 18-2, 18-4 and 18-5 in the southern Gulf Islands.

Reduced prey availability (primarily Chinook salmon) is one of the primary threats to the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales. This protocol allows the areas to stay open to commercial and recreational salmon fisheries until Southern Resident Killer Whales have returned for the summer season to this key foraging area.

If you have any questions about the Southern Resident Killer Whale management measures, please contact DFO.SRKW-ERS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

2022 Gulf Islands management measures

Map of the following:

  • Trincomali Channel
  • Galiano Island
  • Active Pass
  • Mayne Island
  • Saturna Island
  • Vancouver Island
  • South Pender Island
  • Boundary Pass
  • Haro Strait
  • Moresby Island
  • North Pender Island
  • Saltspring Island
  • Prevost

Map legend:

  • No recreational and commercial salmon fishing from first confirmed Southern Resident Killer Whale detection to october 31, 2022. Monitoring for Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Gulf Islands will begin May 5.
  • Interim Sanctuary Zones: No fishing or boating (with exceptions) in effect from June 1 - November 30, 2022
  • Traffic separation schemes
  • Pacific fishery management subareas
  • For illustrative purposes only. Please note, map does not include all fisheries closures in effect.
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