A healthy commercial fishery is one of the best indicators of a healthy marine environment
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Goal 1: A Healthy Fishery Resource
Effective conservation of fishery resources, protect fish habitat from degradation, with particular attention on spawning and rearing habitat. Prevent pollution from entering our ocean from land, sea and air.
Goal 2: Healthy Commercial Fisheries
Commercial fisheries provide food, employment, and income for individuals, companies, and communities on our coast and beyond. The 22 commercial fisheries on our coast compete in local and global seafood markets by providing consumers with consistent, healthy, quality food products, sustainably harvested, at a fair price (see our definition of sustainable seafood).
Goal 3: Access to Fish
Without access there will be no fishery. Currently commercial fisheries have access to almost 95% of the BC coast. Although no one fishery uses all this space, conditions change that move fish in space. Unnecessarily locking off areas can destroy a fishery. Changing climate, ocean acidification, underutilized species and other conditions may provide opportunity to diversify commercial fisheries. These opportunities require access that should not be unnecessarily restricted.
Goal 4: Constructive and Enduring Relationships
Numerous interests use the marine space, there are interrelated levels of marine governance and society as a whole benefits from well-managed and sustainable marine ecosystems. Efforts towards sustaining ocean ecosystems will benefit from a collaborative effort and an interest-based approach to planning.
Goal 5: A Diverse Fleet
A diverse fleet where independent fishermen and First Nations’ fleets thrive with local and coast wide access. Due to a number of factors (e.g., fleet rationalization, market accountability regimes, policy) the trend over the past 30 years has been a loss of diversity in fleet ownership. Marine planning can help reverse this trend leading to improved diversity and growth in the commercial fishing sector.
Goal 6: Human Resources
Maintain and develop well educated, trained, and experienced professionals to manage and execute fisheries. Training programs, inter-generational transfer mechanisms, and full career considerations are needed to develop talented professionals for the industry’s future.
Goal 7: Safe, Reliable and Green Coastal Infrastructure
Coastal infrastructure docks and wharfs, shipyards, fuel stations, recycling facilities, search and rescue, safe harbour buoys, and navigational aids need to be maintained and enhanced. Commercial fishing provides and supports coastal infrastructure to the benefit of communities and other sectors.
Goal 8: Diverse Markets and Distribution Channels
Both local and global, retail and wholesale markets are important for BC fisheries. Diverse distribution (including sea, rail, road and air) channels are critically important to the fishing industry and need to be effective and efficient.