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Herring Special Use in Pacific Region
November 7, 2009 until November 6, 2010.
In the special use herring fishery, herring are fished for personal use bait, domestic food, sport fish bait, commercial bait, and zoo and aquarium animal food. A bait herring category ZX licence is for herring caught for personal use whereas a category ZY licence is for fish caught for commercial use. The total allocation for the special use herring fishery is 932 short tons coast-wide.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will consult with First Nations in order to determine their Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) requirements. First Nations will be authorized to fish for FSC purposes on a priority basis through the use of a communal licence.
A DFO Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence is required for the recreational harvest of all species of fish. The daily maximum sport limit for herring is 20 kg, with a two-day possession limit of 40 kg.
Precautionary limits are established to ensure that harvest proceeds in a sustainable manner and that sufficient herring is available to replenish the stocks on an ongoing basis. Effective monitoring and accurate catch reporting in the special use herring fishery is integral to the effective management of the fishery and herring resource. The Special use fishery monitoring program will be used for the 2009/2010 season and will include a telephone hail in system, vessel harvest logbooks, and dockside weight verification to amounts of herring over 500 pieces.