Nootka Fisheries OVERVIEWThe Vancouver Island Summary Land Use Plan identified the following fishery uses and potential:
- major salmon migration and rearing areas throughout coastal areas of the region
- important estuarine salmon rearing areas at heads of all inlets and at all streams along Tahsis, Tlupana, Muchalat and Matchlee Inlets
- significant wild clam fishing and prawn fishing areas throughout
- juvenile rockfish rearing areas throughout inlets (e.g. Pacific Ocean Perch rearing in Matchlee Inlet) Important groundfish area from Bajo to Tatchu Point and at the entrance to Nootka inlets.
- Tlupana, Muchalat and Matchlee Inlets recently supporting Pacific Sardine recurrences
- Outer Nootka Sound important dogfish pupping area
- major returning salmon holding area in Nootka Sound and Tlupana Inlet
- important crab areas in Tlupana, Hisnit and Kendrick Inlets, Head and Moutcha Bays, Kleeptee and Silverado Estuaries, Mooya Bay, King Passage and lower Tahsis.
- important herring spawn area from Spanish Pilot Group to Clerke Peninsula and from Friendly Cove to Marvinus Island. Important herring spawning area around Bajo Point, usually not reported due to weather restraints.
- important urchin area in lower Zuciarte Channel and off southeast Nootka Island
- important salmon grounds fronting Bajo Reef.
- important Dentalium shell beds between Grassy and Catala Islands/Rolling Roadstead
- important local salmon migration routes and staging areas throughout Esperanza, Port Eliza, Espinosa, Zeballos and Nuchatlitz Inlets.
- important rockfish rearing areas throughout inlets
- important Pacific Ocean Perch rockfish rearing area at fish farm site at junction of Esperanza/Hecate Channel
- important lingcod nesting sites on reefs at Outer Esperanza
- outer Esperanza, particularly Nuchatlitz Bank and Port Langford are all important herreing spawning areas
- important crab areas in and fronting Nuchatlitz Inlet, in Hecate Channel to Tahsis Narrows and off Rolling Roadstead
- important gooseneck barnacle area off Catala Island and Gillam Channel
- important geoduck areas off Nuchatlitz, Rolling Roadstead and Birthday Channel
Gold River Chinook Project
Founded in 1982, the Gold River Chinook Project performs hatchery, habitat restoration and chinook stock assessment in the Gold - Muchalat area rivers. For more information, or to join as a volunteer, contact John or Betty Frame, at 250/283-7268
Burman River Stock Enhancement - In July 2004, the Gold River Chinook Project(GRCP) released approximately 510,000 Chinook smolts into the Burman River. The smolts had been transferred to net pens in May and on everage, nearly doubled in size upon their release in July.
In September 2004, the GRCP, DFO staff and volunteers took part in the annual stock assessment and broodstock capture. The goal of 500,000 Chinook eggs was netted in one set, and sent to the Conuma hatchery for rearing until Spring '05 when the fish will be transferred to net pens.