A recent announcement by Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, restricting Chinook catch in some areas of British Columbia this summer, has cast some confusion over where and when those constraints will take place.
The conservation measures announced by Jonathan Wilkinson, (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard) on April 16 is directed principally at protecting Fraser River Chinook and Southern resident Killer Whales. Catch limits on Haida Gwaii – including Westcoast Resorts properties – will remain at the historic 2 a day and 4 possession for Chinook Salmon. Aggregate salmon limits will remain unchanged at 4 per day and 8 possession, (currently at this point) according to the announcements.
Lingcod also remains unchanged at 2 a day, 4 possession; New halibut regulations are similar to 2018 with the exception of the choice to retain 1 larger halibut or 2 smaller halibut. Specifically, 1 Halibut between 90 cm and 126 cm, or 2 halibut less than 90 cm.
Recreational anglers are acutely aware of the need to protect salmon stocks in British Columbia. We are concerned with the multitude of complex issues facing this keynote species. We recognize the hardship that these restrictions will place on communities and businesses in parts of our province which are dependent upon these fisheries (first nation/commercial/recreational) to earn a living and feed their families.
We all face difficult choices in the management of this fishery, and Westcoast Resorts supports balanced measures to preserve this precious resource for our future generations.
To read the full announcement from the Department of Fisheries: