by Chris Bos, President, South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition
*************IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED**************
Please write a letter to or phone Fisheries and Oceans as soon as possible. And please circulate and distribute this notice widely
South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition (SVIAC) have just learned that the Departments of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) proposed sport fishing closure for Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) in Juan de Fuca Strait will have boundaries between Otter Point in Sooke and East Point in Port Renfrew, and is set to be a “no Fin Fish Fishing” zone.
The closure will start on June 1st and run through to September 30th.
The Sports Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) asked for Fossil Point just west of Point-No-Point and no salmon fishing for the closed area. Closing the fin fish fishing west of Otter this summer is a terrible idea, will not save a single Southern Resident Orca and, as anglers, we must all let DFO know how seriously bad this decision will be for the community of Sooke.
Today several members of the SFAB met with DFO staff to discuss the soon to be announced SRKW Actions outlined in DFO Minister LeBlanc’s press release. We made a plea that the SFAB proposal be honoured. However, it seems clear that the SFAB proposed closure boundaries reached after thorough consultation with many local anglers has been ignored by the Minister. A real slap in the face to the respected SFAB process.
And what’s worse is the 45 cm – 67 cm slot limit will be extended for 2 additional weeks to the end of June (not June 15 as norm)
A Sports Fishing Institute (SFI) and SVIAC talking points and letter writing information document is available at this link — it includes names, email addresses and phone numbers
The SVIAC letter to Minister LeBlanc can be viewed here.
So before the formal fishery notice is released YOU MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY to protect your fishing opportunities!
NOTE – Please share this with any anglers who care about our fishery and you think will write or phone.
Thank you sincerely for your help and support!
Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition