WCFGA News letters

Discussion in 'Important Meetings, Derbys and SFBC Get Togethers' started by Derby, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    2018 Halibut & Yellow Eye Regulations

    The SFAB Main Board meeting took place this weekend, and among the very important agenda items was Halibut and Yellow Eye.


    In preparation for the meeting, we canvassed members in our last meeting for preferences on what halibut regulations choices they would like to see. We had to take into account that there was an 18% reduction in our TAC. Our official TAC is 927,990 pounds, While this is a 18% reduction, it is actually a 34% decrease when you take into account where we ended up last season under 133/83 and 2 fish.

    This is a significant challenge because the 2018 TAC reduction means some of the less painful choices are off the table as we simply do not have enough to get in a full season.

    The WCFGA members expressed preference for:

    • 1 fish - 133 cm
    • Season start at least in April, but hopefully March
    • Realistic end date - at least to October 30
    • OK to shorten season on both ends - protect core months of May to Sept
    • Drop to 4 fish annual limit
    In reviewing the available options that led to a full season, the SFAB debated all options including 1/1. There were very divergent opinions. After considerable spirited debate over 2/1 or 1/1 options, a split vote we reached a decision of:

    1 Fish per day; 2 possession - 115/83 cm fish The season will start March 1 and there is no end date - meaning if we do not run out of TAC it will end Dec 31.

    That is a 43 and 15 pound fish respectively.

    Aside from this, the SFAB will enter into discussions with DFO regarding a flexibility arrangement to allow either overage/underage carry over from season to season. This is exploratory - there is not agreement yet, just discussions aimed at a hopeful agreement for next season.

    In addition, there was a motion passed to get Halibut Management Options Tables that model out both increased TAC and decreased TAC out to the local SFAC groups in September of each year to allow for input on preferences. This motion was in response to trying to proactively address the very tight timeline between when we learn of the IHPC TAC decision in late January, to when DFO needs to put the new licenses in place (2 weeks). That is not enough time to get models developed, sent out to SFAC's for input, and for the SFAB to meet to reach a decision on Management Options.

    We are hoping this new approach will allow SFAC's to at least make their preferences known based on our best guesses as to the likely TAC announcement from the IPHC.

    XRQ Experimental Halibut TAC Purchases:

    The SFAB and WCFGA are strongly opposed to XRQ - to address the issue of people buying XRQ TAC and not claiming their catch against the purchased TAC, they will now have to hail into DFO and hail out on each fishing trip and will have to report their catch at the end of each day.

    Yellow Eye:

    The recreational YE catch was 54 metric tons against a target reduction down to 13 metric tons. The target represents around 190 individual fish in each Management Area coast wide....so not a lot of wiggle room.

    Motions were passed making descending devices mandatory carry and use on all vessels fishing tidal waters. Additionally, the outside Yellow Eye catch limit will go to zero.

    At risk if we did not go to zero and descending devices was area closures which would dramatically impact halibut and ling cod opportunities.


    Treaty Negotiations with the US are challenging. They are looking for 25% reductions in WCVI AABM and 25% reductions in Southern (SOG) AABM, and 15% on Northern AABM. Interesting times.

    SRKW & Chinook - DFO is finishing their recommended plan - will be out in few weeks for SFAB input. The WCFGA has provided our Action Plan recommendations. The key issue is going to be reducing the rec catch of Chinook to boost prey availability, and to ensure whales can successfully acquire prey (disturbance/avoidance of vessel traffic). The SFAB will put together a Committee to work directly with DFO on planning - members are Martin Paish, Pat Ahern, Chris Bos.

    Fraser Chinook:

    Bit early to know how this will turn out in terms of measures to protect them, but strong concerns about Harrison River and South Thompson fish. We can expect to hear more about the future management options in the spring.

    Renewing Your Membership - the 2018 Dues are now Due!

    Made Easy - 2 choices:

    1. You can e-transfer by e-mailing our Membership & Treasurer Chair, or

    2. You can renew in person at the meeting or at Gone Fishin store in Port Alberni

    Dues are $50/year, and for CTAG members we have a discounted joint membership of $70/year - saves WCFGA members $30/year.

    Advantages of your membership, aside from helping fund things like sending a delegate to the IPHC meetings are you can get WCFGA discounts at participating retail stores like Pacific Net & Twine, Harbour Chandler, a fuel discount at Port Alberni Fuels

    E-Transfers - email address = shannondowa@shaw.ca

    First Aid Course for WCFGA Members - Nanaimo St. John's Ambulance

    St.John's Ambulance is offering 2 weekend Marine First Aid Courses. Dates are Thursday/Friday Jan 25/26, and Sat/Sun Feb 24/25 - $195. Call 250-729-8889

    Click for Membership Form
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  2. I Love Haida Gwaii

    I Love Haida Gwaii Well-Known Member

    Thanks Derby.!

    I'm just starting to get educated in this. I have a question regarding the salmon treaty. Is there any pressure for Alaska to cut back in order to protect Canadian Stocks? I know the pressure for American bound fish that are intersected, just not sure if Alaska is part of the discussion?
  3. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    At this point I believe this is still a on going process but I can ask .......
  4. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Active Member

    Sad to see it has come down to this, Sockeye fisheries have been decimated and same with pink fisheries. We would have a lot more leverage if those stocks were strong and there was a big diversion rate threw JDF.

    Derby is the membership open to all or just guides?
  5. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    we have very clear and defined objectives ... are membership is open to both Guides and the fishing public alike.... :)
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