The commercial fishery has received a fundamental restructuring, not just a reduction in size and strength. Access to local resources is moving into fewer and fewer hands. Attempts to make fisheries safer…READ MORE


During its consideration of Bill C-68, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans heard contrasting testimony on the impacts of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) current management…READ MORE


The Canadian government, which is mandated to manage marine resources and fisheries on behalf of all Canadians, measures its success largely against two variables — conservation and economic growth…READ MORE


Often the role commercial fishing plays in communities is poorly documented; this is the case in Canada’s Pacific North Coast. In order to have effective management and planning processes, it is essential for decision-makers to understand….READ MORE


BC Fisheries are under threat by policies that do not consider social and economic objectives of fisheries and instead enable private investors and large companies to purchase, own and lease local fishing rights…READ MORE


Individual transferable quotas (ITQs) are being promoted as a panacea for global fisheries. However, analysis of BC fisheries raises serious questions about this new economic approach. It’s time to rethink how ITQs…READ MORE


An academic thesis by Danielle Edwards, from the University of British Columbia, addresses questions on the social and economic outcomes of an Individual Transferable Quota fishery. The dissertation provides…..READ MORE


The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters presents its findings from consultations in BC, revealing findings that the BC fishery is not seeing labour growth compared to other fishing regions. The presentation suggests….READ MORE

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On February 10 and 11, BC fish harvesters from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, academics, NGOs, industry associations, First Nations leaders, local, provincial and federal governments, and policymakers gathered in Nanaimo for the second Fisheries for Communities Gathering READ MORE

Nanaimo fishing boat, sunset

Active B.C. fishermen have established a series of COVID-19 protocols to protect rural coastal communities, First Nations, and fish harvesters from the novel coronavirus. Fishermen understand the vulnerability of remote communities and are taking extraordinary measures to protect these communities…READ MORE