Northern Shuswap Tribal Council



Fisheries Licence (September 5, 2017) Important Notice; Chinook, Sockeye and Pink  – extended

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Fisheries Licence (August 29, 2017) Important Notice; Chinook, Sockeye and Pink  – amended

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Fisheries Licence (August 23, 2017) Important Notice; Chinook, Sockeye and Pink  – amended

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Fisheries Licence (August 18, 2017) Important Notice August 18th to August 29th UPDATE

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Fisheries Licence (August 11, 2017) Important Notice  Fisheries open to Chinook ONLY (NO Sockeye)

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Fisheries Licence (August 3, 2017) Notice  Chinook and Pink fishing only – amended

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Fisheries Licence (July 6, 2017) Notice  Fraser River Closed to Salmon Fishing !

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Fisheries Licence (June 1, 2017) Notice

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Fishing is part of the traditional way of life for Secwepemc people. Practicing “fishing safety” is extremely important to ensure a fun, safe activity for everyone. NSTC_Fishing Safety Poster-2016


The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NSTC) Fisheries program          

Fisheries management has always been and is a very important component of Northern Shuswap culture. Like many other First Nations the NStQ rely on the fisheries resource for food, social and ceremonial purposes. Salmon are also an important trading and economic commodity of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw culture but conservation of the resource continues to be a key objective in the practices and beliefs of the NStQ. The NStQ proudly continue to harvest salmon from their traditional areas on the both the Fraser and Chilcotin Rivers and do so in the same manner that their ancestors did, by utilizing dip nets.  The lakes and streams are also important to the NStQ, where trout and other species of freshwater fish are harvested for food and managed for the ecosystem.                           

The role of the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NSTC) Fisheries Program is to manage the fisheries resource for the four NSTC communities (Williams Lake Indian Band, Canoe Creek Indian Band, Canim Lake Indian Band and the Soda Creek Indian Band), and partially does this through an agreement with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Through this Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy agreement, in addition to other projects that are implemented by the NSTC Fisheries Department is increasing the communities’ capacity to manage and preserve the traditional importance of this resource.

Conservation of the fisheries resource is the top priority for the Fisheries Program and we are being increasingly pro-active in conservation management for salmon and resident fish populations. To help guide the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), NStQ Chiefs supported the implementation of six Management Principles laid out by the Fraser Watershed First Nations to ensure the conservation of not only sockeye but chinook, coho and pink salmon as well. The objective of these principles is to measure DFO’s management effectiveness in post season reviews and to place the foundation for a fundamental shift in DFO management regimes from a mega-stock management system to a system designed to protect weak salmon stocks. The six supported Management Principles are as follows:

  • Salmon stocks must be managed for ecosystems, not solely human consumption;
  • Harvests should never exceed one-half of a stock in mixed stock fisheries;
  • Harvesting more than one-half of a stock should only be allowed if this extra harvest occurs close to or in the  natal stream and, only if it is proven safe to do so;
  • Harvest plans should be set to protect the weakest stock within a timing group;
  • Any conservation and harvest management plan discussed with First Nations is without prejudice to our Aboriginal Rights and responsibilities in relation to the fisheries resource;
  • Any conservation and harvest management plan discussed with First Nations is without prejudice to Treaty negotiations and any future plans to exercise our rights to the fisheries resource.

The NSTC Fisheries Program provides some certainty for employment of 1 direct and 4 indirect staff on a yearly basis.  Depending on work availability and funding there can be up to 30 persons directly involved in the NSTC Fisheries Program on a seasonal basis.

The NSTC program’s main focus through AFS has been the Community Fisheries Representative and Catch Monitor Projects.  The Catch Monitor project is an annual program to collect FSC catch data from the NStQ fisheries for the purposes of informing management and the Community Fisheries Representative Program has been implemented to provide capacity at the community level and increase communications between the community members, the NSTC and DFO.  Other projects implemented through the AFS program are the Quesnel Watershed Chinook and Coho enumeration as well as the odd-year pink enumeration on the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers.

Each year additional projects are identified that can enhance the data requirements to inform management decisions for our fisheries and conservation goals within the NStQ traditional territory, the NSTC Fisheries Department applies for funding through various other funding agencies to implement these projects. The projects vary from stock assessment (Churn Creek Fishwheel, Quesnel DIDSON and chinook/coho enumerations) as well as for habitat restoration work, culvert assessments, irrigation ditch assessments, culvert replacements. The NSTC and Community Fisheries Reps also have an interest in projects that involve resident non-anadromous species, such as Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Eastern Brook Trout, Whitefish, Bull Trout and Burbot.

The NStQ are also involved in numerous processes and organizations within the Fraser Watershed.  The NStQ supports the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance which provides technical support to the NSTC projects and works with the NStQ to ensure local objectives are being achieved.  Fraser River Aboriginal Fisheries Secretariat is another organization that the NSTC are involved with at the executive level as well as participation in the communication processes.  Most recently the NStQ have become involved with fisheries management at the international level, as a result of the NSTC Fisheries Manager being nominated and accepted to the Southern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission.  The Pacific Salmon Commission is the body formed by the governments of Canada and the United States to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

The NStQ are also involved with the First Nations Fisheries Council and Inter-Tribal Organization through the support of the southern and northern Secwepemc Chiefs to ensure the Secwepemc are represented at those levels.

All work undertaken in the NSTC Fisheries Program has the ultimate goal of continually protecting fish in NSTC’s traditional areas and increasing our involvement in the management of those fish.

Fishery Notice – Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (August 9, 2016)

Subject: FN0833-Salmon – Fraser River Sockeye Update – Areas 11 to 29


The Fraser River Panel met Tuesday, August 9th, to receive an update on the
migration of the Fraser sockeye runs to date and to review the status of
migration conditions in the Fraser River watershed.

Gill net and purse seine test fish catches in the marine areas have continued
to be poor for the past several days suggesting a lower than expected flow of
fish through the marine approach areas. The Area 12 gill net test fishery is
scheduled to conclude on August 10th and the seine test boats in both Areas 12
and 20 on August 12th. Fraser River gill net test fishery catches have
continued to fluctuate lately with daily Mission passages estimates ranging
from 17,000 to 28,000. The current 5-day diversion rate through Johnstone
Strait has increased to 61% which remains below the pre-season forecast of 75%.

DNA analysis of samples taken in the most recent marine test fisheries show
sockeye stock compositions in Area 20 of 7% Early Summer, 76% Summer and 17%
Late run stocks. In Johnstone Strait the most recent seine test fishery DNA
samples indicate a stock composition of 8% Early Summer, 78% Summer and 14%
Late run stocks. In-river DNA samples from the Cottonwood test fishery on
August 5-6 had 14% Early Summer, 76% Summer and 10% Late run stocks while the
Whonnock test fishery had stock proportions of 8% Early Summer, 85% Summer and
7% Late run stocks on August 4-5. Age proportions continue to contain a higher
proportion of 5 year olds than expected.

During the Panel meeting today the run size for Early Summer run sockeye was
reduced to 250,000 with a 50% run timing of July 21st in Area 20. The estimated
escapement past Mission of Early Summer run stocks as of August 8th is 211,800

Summer run stocks continue to track well below the 50% probability forecast of
1,677,000. During the Panel call today the run size was further reduced to a
run size of 700,000 fish with no change in the Area 20 timing date of August
3rd. The estimated escapement of Summer run sockeye past Mission through August
8th is 262,500 fish.

The Birkenhead component of the Late run sockeye appear to be tracking close to
the 50% probability forecast of 95,000 but no changes were made to the run size
at the Panel meeting today. The estimated escapement of Late run sockeye past
Mission through August 8th is 15,600 fish.

On August 8th the Fraser River water discharge at Hope was 2,881 cms, which is
approximately 24% lower than average for this date. The temperature of the
Fraser River at Qualark Creek on August 8th was 19.1°C, which is 1.0°C higher
than average for this date. The water temperature is forecast to remain
relatively unchanged at 19.0°C by August 14th.

For pre-season planning purposes the Fraser Panel has adopted management
adjustments for Early Summer and Summer sockeye that reflect the forecast
conditions based on the May to June information. Management adjustments are
additional fish that are removed from identified harvest levels and allowed to
escape upstream in an attempt to assist in achievement of identified escapement
objectives for the different run timing groups. In-season information over the
coming weeks will help to inform future decisions on management adjustments for
the Early Summer and Summer management groups while the Early Stuart and Late
run management groups will be managed based on the respective Low Abundance
Exploitation Rate (LAER) for each group (10% for Early Stuart and 20% for
Lates). There will be no in-season estimates of management adjustment for Early
Stuart and Late run sockeye in 2016 as the forecast returns are very low across
the entire forecast range and it is anticipated they will be managed to the
LAER, with the expected outcome of a spawning escapement well below goal.
During the Panel call today there were no changes made to the management
adjustments for Early Summer and Summer run sockeye.

With the above adopted run sizes, all four run timing groups of Fraser Sockeye
are in a low abundance exploitation rate (LAER) scenario. As such FSC fisheries
directed on Fraser sockeye in both the marine areas and the lower Fraser River
will be closed immediately and terminal fisheries in the upper Fraser
tributaries that have only been open for a short period of time will close in
an orderly fashion. Fishers in marine approach areas as well as the Fraser
River are requested to check for any restrictions in their local area. There
will be no commercial or recreational sockeye fisheries in 2016 on Fraser

The second in-season update on the escapement of Fraser sockeye was released on
August 4th. Early Stuart sockeye are in the early stages of spawning in
several tributaries and appear to be in good condition. The Didson program in
the Chilliwack system began on July 20th with an estimated 16,956 sockeye past
the sonar as of August 3rd. Water temperatures are favorable at this time. The
Sweltzer Creek counting fence in the Cultus Lake system began operations on
July 11th and to date 3 fish have been observed. The water temperature in
Sweltzer Creek is 21°C. The next escapement update will be on Thursday, August

The next in-season meeting of the Fraser River Panel is scheduled to occur on Friday, August 12th, 2016.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  contact Jennifer Nener 604-666-0789

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0833

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Licence Number: XFSC 439 2016
Valid From: 29-Jul-2016
Expiry Date: 31-Oct-2016

This license is valid from July 29th, 2016 to October 31st, 2016.

This licence is issued under the authority of SECTION 4 OF THE ABORIGINAL COMMUNAL FISHING LICENCES
This licence is not intended to define an Aboriginal right to fish or its scope; however, for the fishing season, it is
intended to provide a mechanism, for reasons of proper management and control of the fisheries and conservation and
protection of fish, for requiring compliance with the provisions of this licence.
This licence is subject to the Fisheries Act and regulations thereunder, and confers the authority to fish under the
following conditions: Food, Social, and Ceremonial purposes.
Period of Activity:
Licence Holder may harvest during the periods further described in the Terms and Conditions and Species Gear and
Areas portion of this licence document.
Licence Holder:
FIN: 115566 Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Society
Williams Lake BC V2G 1H4
Contact Number: 250-392-7361
Fax Number: 250-392-6158
Contact Party:
FIN: 131626 Meshue, Andrew Contact Number: 250-392-7361
Fax Number: 519-971-3616
Allowable Fishing Times:
Fishing periods defined for a species supersede all periods defined in this section.
Start: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 18:00 End: Monday, October 31, 2016 at 17:59
Details: Open to retention of both CHINOOK SALMON (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and SOCKEYE SALMON
(Oncorhynchus nerka) with all gear types listed, in waters described in the Additional Descriptions in the
Species, Quantity of Fish, Area(s), and Gear section below.
Individuals or groups assisting with the authorized activity:
This licence is issued to:
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council for and on behalf of the Bands which they represent and their individual
Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Bands’ means the following Indian bands:
(a) Canim Lake Band (Tsq`escen`);
(b) Canoe Creek Band (Stswecem`c/Xgat`tem);
(c) Xats’ull/Cmetem` (Soda/Deep Creek) First Nation; and
(d) Williams Lake Indian Band (T`exelc).

Species: SOCKEYE SALMON (Oncorhynchus nerka), CHINOOK SALMON (Oncorhynchus
Gear: See Gear Section

Licence Area: BC Interior: See Additional Description
Additional Descriptions: Fishing is permitted in the following waters: (a) the waters of the Fraser River from the
confluence with Deadman Creek upstream to Alexandria (north boundary of Alexandria
Indian Reserve located at approximately 52°35.3” north latitude); (b) the waters of the
Chilcotin River from the confluence with the Chilko River downstream to the Fraser
River; and (c) the waters of the Chilko River.
Details: SOCKEYE SALMON (Oncorhynchus nerka)
Maximum Harvest Amount:
75000 Pieces (dead)
Details: CHINOOK SALMON (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
Maximum Harvest Amount:
2000 Pieces (dead)
Additional Information:
The maximum harvest amounts outlined in this licence are shared with two other licence holders: Tsilhqot’in National
Government (Licence No. XFSC 319 2015) and Esk’etemc (Licence No. XFSC 318 2015).
Terms and Conditions:
“DFO” means Fisheries and Oceans Canada (formerly Department of Fisheries and Oceans).
“First Nation” means First Nation noted as a Licence Holder in this Licence
“fish” means those species of fish listed in Parts I & II of Schedule I of the Pacific Fishery Regulations, 1993, including
herring spawn.
“Fishery” means fishing under the authority of this licence.
“Licence” means any type, kind or category of licence as defined in the Fishery (General) Regulations.
Species, Quantity of Fish, Area(s), Dates, Times, Gear and Gear Identification
Subject to amendments to the conditions of this licence and subject to close times as may be varied by the
Director-General, Pacific Region, DFO in accordance with the Fishery (General) Regulations, species of fish set out in
this licence may be harvested under this licence,
(a) in the maximum specified quantities,
(b) during the specified dates and times,
(c) with the specified gear, identified or marked in accordance with the specified method,
(d) at the specified locations, and
(e) in accordance with the other conditions, set out in this licence.
Subject to closures and other terms and conditions of this licence, the authority to fish each species set out on this
licence will expire on the date specified or earlier if DFO, after consultation with the First Nation, has determined that
the maximum quantity for the species has been reached.

This licence is for a maximum quantity for the term of this licence, for management purposes only, and is without
prejudice to maximum quantities in future years. Should the First Nation reach their maximum specified quantities and
require more, DFO will enter into discussions with the First Nation on the fish species they require.
All efforts and attempts shall be made to return all non-target species to the water alive.

The following gear is permitted to be used for Salmon harvesting:
(a) Dip nets in all waters;
(b) Hook (with single point) and line in the Chilcotin and Chilko Rivers
(c) Gaffs in the Chilko River; and
(d) Fish wheels.
Use of Fish
Fish caught under this licence are for food, social and ceremonial purposes. Without prejudice to future agreements or
regulations, sale of fish caught under this licence is not permitted.
Designation of Individuals
All members of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw are designated to fish under the authority of this licence. The
Northern Shuswap Tribal Council or their authorized representatives will designate any additional persons to fish by
issuing designation cards. The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council will prepare a list of its members who have
documentation establishing membership with one of the First Nations, but who are not designated to fish for salmon.
Once the list is provided to DFO (Linda Stevens, Resource Manager), the members of the First Nations whose names
are on the list are not designated to fish for salmon.
A designation card is personal and non-transferable and will bear the name of the person designated to fish under
authority of this licence. Designation cards must contain details of this licence including the species which may be
caught, fishing times, harvest allocations, fishing gear, fishing areas and reporting requirements.
Each of the First Nations will provide DFO (Linda Stevens, Resource Manager) with a list of authorized (designated)
individuals and their designation card number at the first opportunity following issuance of a designation card.
A designation card or documentation establishing membership in one of the First Nations must be carried at all times
by individuals fishing under authority of this licence while participating in the Fishery or while transporting fish
harvested in the Fishery. A designation card or documentation establishing membership in one of the First Nations
must be presented to any fishery officer, conservation officer or RCMP officer upon request.
Catch Monitoring and Harvest Reporting

Harvest monitoring will be conducted by the First Nations. Catch information will be collected by Tsilhqot’in National
Government, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and Esk’etemc, as agreed to with DFO technical staff and submitted to
the appropriate DFO staff in a mutually determined format, on Monday of each week, during the fishing season.
Catch and effort information will be reported to Steven Ratko or a designated assistant. Contact information as follows:
Steven Ratko
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
280C Third Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 4T5,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ph: 250-305-3014 Fax: 250-305-3017

Compliance with the Fisheries Act
Pursuant to subsection 22(6) of the Fishery (General) Regulations, compliance with the Fisheries Act and the
regulations made under the Act is a condition of this licence.

For more information on obtaining permits and permission please see the forms below.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Meshue, Fisheries Manager


Ph: 250.392.7361, Ext.211