The ALLIANCE

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Vision for a Modern Seafood Industry in
British Columbia

The BC Seafood Alliance is a non-profit organization established in June 1999 to represent British Columbia's seafood industries. It is an umbrella group that unites traditional capture fisheries, aquaculturists, seafood processors, marketers and exporters who collectively represent more than 90% of the seafood produced in B.C.

The BC Seafood Alliance is committed to the conservation and sustainable use of seafood resources in B.C. for the benefit of all British Columbians. Its mandate is to foster public recognition and support for B.C.'s seafood sector, to promote the high quality of B.C. seafood products and to advocate for the effective management of B.C. seafood resources.

'Vision for a Modern Seafood Industry in B.C.'

Key Principles

Through industry-wide discussions, consensus has emerged on a number of key principles that must guide the future development of B.C.'s seafood sector. These include:

  1. Conservation and sustainable management must be first principles for all seafood businesses in B.C. Without water and habitat quality, and ecologically sustainable resource use practices, the industry simply cannot achieve its long-term goals.
  2. British Columbia exports more than 90% of the seafood it produces. As such, the B.C. industry must earn recognition as a world leader in the production of safe, environmentally friendly, high quality and sustainable seafood products.
  3. Long term uncertainty is currently a significant deterrent to investment in the development of sustainable seafood resources in B.C. Governments must ensure certainty of access, as well as a responsive and progressive regulatory and policy environment, in all aspects of seafood production.
  4. The seafood industry in British Columbia must work together and show leadership in developing and implementing its 'Vision for a Modern Seafood Industry in B.C.'

Vision for the Future

The BC Seafood Alliance's vision for a competitive, environmentally sustainable seafood sector in B.C. includes:

the conservation and sustainable use of seafood resources in B.C. for the benefit of all British Columbians, both now and in the future;
a competitive and successful seafood industry in B.C. that pursues new opportunities and optimizes the long-term value of the province's seafood resources;
a seafood industry that takes a more responsible and accountable role with government in the cooperative management and regulation of both capture and culture fisheries;
a positive business climate for all seafood businesses in B.C. whether they are individual operators, companies or First Nations that encourages investment in future development. This requires greater security of access and implementation of policies that ensure any new access to capture fisheries must be retired with compensation out of existing fishery access;
an industry that can count on government to ensure that all commercial fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing interests in British Columbia are regulated by a single, non-discriminatory management and legislative framework that does not create unfair advantage for some businesses over their competitors;
an industry that is recognized around the world for meeting and exceeding consumer demands for demonstrably safe, environmentally friendly, high quality and sustainable seafood products;
an innovative industry that is an acknowledged leader in the development and adaptation of new technologies, information systems and e-business strategies;
a seafood industry that works together to advance common goals and objectives.