Push back from East Coast fishermen on proposed MPA

An MPA proposed for an area off the Eastern Shore Islands is receiving push back from local lobster fishermen, despite DFO attempting to allay fears.

Canada has committed to protect 10 percent of coastal and ocean waters by 2020.

The proposed MPA would potentially allow lobster fishing as it does not affect the target protected species and habitat such as eel grass and cod habitat.

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Dear BCTFA members,

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the BC Tuna Fishermen’s Association is called for and will be held at the Beban Park Social Centre, Room 2 & 3 (2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 3K7) on February 26th 2019 from 0900-1700 for the following purposes:

  1. Receive the reports and statements required by the Societies Act to be placed before the meeting.

  2. Elect directors if there is a vacancy.

  3. Transaction of such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting.

If you have a proposal to bring before the association please send a notice of the matter at least 14 days before the date of the AGM (Feb 26).

This notice will also be posted on the bctfa.com website. 

Please see the BCTFA constitution https://www.bctfa.com/projects/ for details concerning voting, proxy voting, quorum requirements and other details. If you have any questions please contact Tiare, tiare@leewardltd.com.

Grim situation in coming year for northwest, B.C. fisheries (The Northern View)

“This year was tough for fishermen in northwest B.C., and while the stewards of the fishing industry hope that 2019 will bring improvements, they understand there are still many challenges to overcome.

“We’re hopeful that we won’t necessarily see the same kind of crisis-like conditions as this year, but we’re still looking at a grim situation for the coming year,” said Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) North Coast area director Colin Masson. “It might not be as bad as last year, but it’s still going to be difficult and these discussions are really important for moving forward.”

Cullen also said that the industry’s next generation of fishermen face more barriers than their predecessors. Citing owner-operator licences as an example, Cullen said changes could be made in policy that would help to level the playing field.

“If you own a fishing licence, you should fish the fishing licence. That’s the reality on the East Coast, but DFO doesn’t have that policy on the West Coast,” he said. “That’s the thing, returning the benefits back to the communities who are the stewards of this resource.”

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Pacific fisheries leaders highlight Tuna Commission action (The Fiji Times)

“Pacific Islands fisheries leaders expressed satisfaction with the actions taken last week by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to support sustainability of the fishery, minimum labor standards for fishing crews, and expanded participation of Small Island Developing States in the work of the Commission.”

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Pacific Islands happy with outcomes at Tuna Commission meeting (Fiji Times)

“Pacific Islands fisheries leaders are satisfied with the outcomes of the just completed meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission, in Hawaii.

There have been agreements to maintain the current limits on the tuna catch, minimum labour standards for fishing crews, and expanding the involvement of Small Island Developing States in the work of the Commission.”

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‘Tuna diplomacy’ is one of the game-changers for the Pacific.

“Tuna has shaped regional politics and influenced the relationship between Pacific Islands States and major trading partners including China, Japan, United States and Taiwan and South Korea.

Each year the Pacific comes together with these powerful fishing nations to set the fishing rules for more than half the world’s tuna, as well as other ocean-going species at risk of being caught by accident by the fishing industry.

Diplomacy and solidarity among Pacific countries is key to Pacific success.

Ahead of this year’s meeting of the rule-setting body – the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), organisations representing Pacific nations are stressing their commitment to work together in solidarity.”

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Recovery Strategy for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales in Canada

The final amended version of the Recovery Strategy for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales in Canada has been published on the SAR Public Registry .

The amendment to this Recovery Strategy includes identification of two additional areas as critical habitat and provides additional clarification of the functions, features, and attributes for all critical habitat identified for Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales (NRKW and SRKW).

Under SARA, critical habitat must be legally protected within 180 days of being identified in a final recovery strategy or action plan and included in the Species at Risk Public Registry. The identified critical habitat in recovery strategy will prohibit the “destruction of any part of the identified critical habitat”. Activities “likely to result in the description of critical habitat” include "fishing for Chinook Salmon, Chum Salmon, and other important prey species, as well as activities that impact the survival and prey supply of these species such that they are not of sufficient abundance, quality, or availability for Resident Killer Whales”.

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New Management Plan for Gwaii Haanas

The management plan for Gwaii Haanas has been published.

The Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board (AMB) accepted most of the plan submitted by the fishing industry, which met or exceeded all of the cultural and ecological targets while reducing the impact on the fisheries operating in the area. That being said there was an annual loss of about $8 million in landed value from fisheries, which were impacted, and unfortunately for the tuna, fishing areas off the coast were closed to access.

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Annual Herring Sale for Kids with Cancer this Saturday December 1!

The annual herring sale for kids with cancer has been held annually since 2011 with 100% of the profits going to kids being treated for cancer at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Over the years the event has raised over $550,000 for the cause. Last year 35 ipads were bought to be distributed to each child for the duration of their stay on the oncology floor of the BC Children’s Hospital. A video game library and X-box switches have also been bought as well as vitamix blenders and smoothie mix to help with sick children’s diet.

If you want to purchase fresh fish for an excellent cause check out the events in Victoria and Richmond:

Fishermen Helping Kids With Cancer

Victoria, BC
Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Where: FAS Seafoods
Address: 27 Erie Street

Richmond, BC
Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Steveston Harbour Authority
Address: 12740 Trites Road


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