GOOD NEWS, NEW OPENINGS IN NOOTKA SOUND , AREA 25
Approved as of March 24, 2012 by DFO:
1. opening the lower portion of Tahsis Inlet around Bodega Island and Strange Island for Chinook Salmon.
2. opening an outer portion of Hanna Channel and the lower portion of Zucarte Channel for Chinook Salmon.
3. Coho – removal of a portion of the hatchery only retention area and extending the regulations from San Gertrudis Cove to Discovery Point.
INTERESTING SALMON FACTS FOR THE 2012 SEASON
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Report February 28, 2010:
· Strong returns of Columbia River Chinook Salmon (over 650,000) and good numbers of coastal Coho are projected.
What does this mean to us on the West Coast of Vancouver Island – especially here in Nootka?
· Most of our early June and July Chinook and Coho are American fish
· This means another GREAT early salmon fishery for our area catching!
FISHERY NOTICE FN0128 – RECREATIONAL MANAGEMENT ACTION
Yes regulations are being tightened up to protect Fraser River Chinook.
A slot limit is in effect for the Victoria area between Cadboro Point to Sheringham from March 1 to June 15, 2012. Daily limit is 2 per day size limit of 45cm – 67cm or 67cm and over for hatchery marked fish.
How does this effect us? IT DOES NOT AT ALL for fishing in areas 25, 125, – our back yard.
ALL INDICATIONS ARE LOOKING VERY GOOD FOR 2012 SALMON FISHING
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Humpbacks have 270 to 400 darkly coloured baleen plates on each side of the mouth. The plates measure from a mere 18 inches (46 cm) in the front to approximately 3 feet (0.91 m) long in the back, behind the hinge. Ventral grooves run from the lower jaw to the umbilicus about halfway along the underside of the whale. These grooves are less numerous (usually 16–20) and consequently more prominent than in other rorquals
Females reach sexual maturity at the age of five, achieving full adult size a little later. Males reach sexual maturity at approximately 7 years of age. The humpback whale lifespan ranges from 45–100 years
Humpbacks frequently breach, throwing two thirds or more of their bodies out of the water and splashing down on their backs.
Behaviors include breaching, spyhopping, lob-tailing, tail-slapping, fin-slapping, peduncle throws, charging and parrying. Less common "super pods" may number more than 40 males, all vying for the same female.
Whale song is assumed to have an important role in mate selection; however, scientists remain unsure whether song is used between males to establish identity and dominance, between a male and a female as a mating call, or both.[
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Scientists are unsure of the purpose of whale song. Only males sing, suggesting that one purpose is to attract females. However, many of the whales observed to approach a singer are other males, and results in conflict. Singing may therefore be a challenge to other males.[ Some scientists have hypothesized that the song may serve an echolocative function During the feeding season, humpbacks make altogether different vocalizations for herding fish into their bubble nets
Humpback whales have also been found to make a range of other social sounds to communicate such as "grunts", "groans", "thwops", "snorts" and "barks".[
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