From May 5th monitoring for Southern Resident Killer Whales will begin in the southern Gulf Islands. Similar to last year, salmon fishing closures in the southern Gulf Islands (a key foraging area for Southern Resident Killer Whales) will close once Southern Resident Killer Whales are confirmed in the area. Once detected, recreational and commercial salmon fishing (areas in yellow in map) will be triggered closed until October 31, 2022.
Information on the implementation of these closures will be communicated to fishers through a Fishery Notice. This fishing closure protocol has begun one month earlier compared to 2021 and is part of the 2022 Southern Resident Killer Whale management measures.