Positions On Issues


BC Seafood Alliance Recommendations

Based on the discussions at the workshop, the BC Seafood Alliance makes the following eight recommendations to make co-management an effective tool for improving both conservation and economic performance.

1. Both industry and government agree that co-management or shared stewardship is desirable and should therefore work together to develop clearly defined policies and programs in support of it.

2. DFO should clarify the governing policies and legalities of co-management funding mechanisms and provide clear direction to managers in the field about their use.

3. DFO should identify the costs it incurs in managing a fishery to provide a baseline for setting cost-sharing formulae and sharing responsibilities.

4. Industry and government need to build a new relationship based on trust, open communication and mutual accountability.

5. DFO should improve its current advisory and decision-making processes, perhaps using the Australian model. Improvements should include establishing dispute resolution and decision-making processes that can deal quickly and effectively with in-season issues and discourage "end-runs" around the system.

6. DFO should reduce and preferably eliminate internal conflicts between decisions under the Oceans Act and those under the Fisheries Act.

7. DFO and industry should work together to achieve greater security of access for individual licence holders through regulation or policy, such as policy statements from the Minister about allocation, regulation of the maximum number of licences, or access to fisheries.

8. All parties should work to improve public perception of and support for co-management. Public confidence that the resource is better protected by co-management than solely by government regulation is essential.