The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is predicting the salmon season will be average or better, with what it calls “good fishing opportunities” for northern coho and chinook.
On the recreational side, the retention limit for coho will remain at four per day, while two chinook will be allowed to be retained.
“The range of recreational opportunities for all species of salmon in North Coast tidal waters will mirror those of 2002, which was conducted with full bag limits,” the DFO says, “Non-tidal opportunities are expected to improve as identified surpluses make additional targeted recreational fisheries possible.”
The department says coho stocks on the west coast of the Queen Charlottes are expected to continue their rebuilding trend in 2003, with a wide range of fishing opportunities available. “Good fishing opportunities for all sectors for pink salmon are anticipated, as returns are likely to be above average.
“First Nations will continue to have priority access to harvest salmon for food, social and ceremonial purposes” according to DFO.
The above information is included in the DFO’s ‘Salmon Update’, dated January 15. More information is available at www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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