Fishery Management

Sustainable fisheries are an essential part of the Canadian economy, providing food and jobs to thousands of people across the province. The sector balances both sustainable and profitable fisheries through various conservation techniques such as limited entry licence restrictions, total allowable catch limits, and third-party monitoring. The wild seafood industry in British Columbia is renowned around the world for its effective management practices. From sustainable fishing practices to careful regulation of fishing quotas, BC’s wild seafood industry has been able to maintain healthy and profitable commercial fisheries for generations. By taking a precautionary approach to managing our resources, BC has become an example of how the wild seafood industry can be managed responsibly and sustainably.

Additional Management Measures

On top of validation, logbook documentation, and catch limit quotas there are various other management measures in place to ensure sustainability of BC seafood. There are strict rules around the type of harvest gear, fishing seasons are limited to protect spawning species, and the harvest of undersized or female species is prohibited in many fisheries. These additional measures ensure that BC fish and shellfish stocks will be protected and healthy for future generations of fishing families and coastal communities.