A healthy commercial fishery is one of the best indicators of a healthy marine environment

Carl Walters

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In June 2010 a broad-based representation of BC commercial fisheries interests met to discuss their effective participation in integrated marine planning in BC, originally the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) process.

It was recognized that no single commercial fishing organization has the capacity to effectively participate in these processes.

A first order of business was to resolve whether, given the diversity of the sector, the BC commercial fishery could be collectively represented in integrated marine planning as requested.

Representatives agreed that participation in integrated marine planning was worthwhile and potentially achievable given the right conditions. This led to the creation of the Commercial Fishing Caucus, the legal name is BC Commercial Fishing Association.

Since then the Caucus has been involved in hundreds of meetings trying to bring the interests of BCs small scale fisheries, typically independently owned and operated vessels under 20m, into marine planning processes along our coast.