RESOURCES & LINKS

 

FISHERY LINKS 

Fishery Notice Reports:

DFO fishery notices are updated daily, providing information on fishery openings and closures for all commercial, recreational, Aboriginal, and food fisheries.

National Online Licencing System:

The National Online Licensing System applies to holders of commercial fishing licences managed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada, including holders of commercial-communal licences and recreational fishing licences in Eastern Canada (Atlantic Canada and Quebec), as well as to registered fish harvesters.

The system is designed to help fish harvesters and other users complete licensing transactions using a computer with Internet access. This includes:

  • renewals of licences, fisher registration cards*, and vessel registrations;
  • fee payments to renew licences, fisher registration cards*, and vessel registrations;
  • submitting licensing requests and checking the status of requests; and
  • printing of licences, licence conditions, fee payment receipts, and other licensing documents.

Tides, Currents, and Water Levels:

The Tides, Currents, and Water Levels Web Site provides predicted times and heights of high and low waters, and the hourly water levels for over seven hundred stations in Canada.

Tide Tables arranged by area/city/town:

Marine Weather for Canada:

Provides marine forecasts and warnings for any region of interests in Canada.

Marine Traffic:

The following link allows to track  vessel positions live world-wide:

 

FIRST NATIONS ORGANIZATIONS/CENTRES

The Native Brotherhood of BC/ Native Voice

The Native Voice, the official newspaper of the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, an organization which has been active since 1931.  The NBBC has archived online all its Native Voice editions from 1947-1955.

The First Nations Fisheries Council

The Council was formed in late 2007 by British Columbia First Nations as an outcome of the B.C. First Nations Fisheries Action Plan. This Plan, an agenda for action in the Pacific fishery for all BC First Nations, was endorsed by resolution at the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit, and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in 2006.

The mandate of the First Nations Fisheries Council is to work with and on behalf of BC First Nations to protect and reconcile First Nations rights and title as they relate to fisheries and the health and protection of aquatic resources. The Council will achieve the mandate by working to:

  • advance and protect First Nations Title and Rights related to fisheries and aquatic resources, including priority access for food, cultural and economic purposes;
  • support First Nations to build and maintain capacity related to fishing, planning, policy, law, management, and decision-making at a variety of scales (local, regional, national and international); and
  • facilitate discussions related to the development of a British Columbia-wide First Nations-based collaborative management framework that recognizes and respects First Nations jurisdiction, management authority and responsibilities.

The chief focus of the FNFC is to develop governance mechanisms, form collaborative relationships among First Nations organizations, and work together to build a cohesive voice on fisheries matters.

Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit 

The Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit is located within the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre. The unit, led by Dr. David Close, employs a multi-disciplinary approach, including aquatic ecology and fish physiology directed toward the maintenance of sustainable aquatic resources that support aboriginal communities. Our goal is to develop and maintain a unit that integrates traditional knowledge, cultural values, aquatic ecology, and understanding of fish biology and physiology in order to effectively implement tools for the benefit of Indigenous people’s resource management.

 

GOVERNMENT LINKS

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO’s) fisheries management program works to provide Canadians with a sustainable fishery resource that provides for an economically viable and diverse industry. Protection and conservation of fisheries resources are a key component of fisheries management. DFO manages fisheries according to credible, science-based, affordable and effective practices.

To view the Department of Fisheries and Oceans-Pacific Region, click here

Ministry of Agriculture and Land–  Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture Program

Commercial harvesting activities in British Columbia, whether they are the commercial harvest of wild species, or the raising of aquatic species on farms, are a vital element of the economy of the province.

In particular, the Ministry of Agriculture (MA) manages the seafood industry through various legislation. MA is responsible for the issuance and regulatory compliance of commercial fisheries licences.

The basis of the mandate lies within the context of the Fisheries Act (R.S.B.C. 1996 Chapter 149) and Fish Inspection Act (R.S.B.C. 1996 Chapter 148), and accompanying regulations. Through these pieces of legislation and several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with other agencies, the Ministry of Agriculture licenses:

  • all fish processing plants, fish buying stations, fish brokers and fish vendors;
  • harvesters of wild oysters and marine plants.

 

RESOURCES

BC First Nations Action Plan (A publication of BCAFN, FNS and UBCIC)

Fisheries in British Columbia are in a period of transition as a result of increasing demands and pressures on the resource and shifts in government policy to try to respond to these and other issues. This includes First Nations seeking increasing shares in the fishery and greater involvement in management and decision-making, pursuant to their Aboriginal title and rights, and treaty rights. However, First Nations in BC have lacked a strong, collective vision and strategy to achieve progress on these goals, and to address the wide range of other regional and provincial fisheries issues. As a result, First Nations often find themselves reacting to issues that arise from government decisions on policy, legislation and programs, as well as actions and decisions taken by the commercial, sport and recreational fishing sectors or others.

Cohen Commission

The report contributes to an improved understanding of Fraser River sockeye salmon. The recommendations will improve the future sustainability of the sockeye salmon fishery in the Fraser River.