Active Fishermen & Investors — Are Your Interests Different?

Jan 16, 2023

This post was originally published to The Fisherman website. More archived The Fisherman blog posts can be found on our Archive Page.


Active fishermen are not represented. Investors are represented – who may have different goals than active fishermen.


  • Seafood Alliance purports to represent 95% of license holders. It represents the interests of investors not active fishermen. Active fish harvesters need a similar organization.
  • The Area Harvest Committees and the CSAB represent license holders – as all license holders have a vote. Active fishermen could be out-voted. Active fishers need one or more salmon organizations to represent their interests.
  • Herring – processors dominate the advisory process. Fishermen need to take control
  • Halibut – large quota holders dominate representation process. Would owner-operator make a difference?
  • Prawns – all active prawn fishermen belong to prawn organization. One organization represents all prawners so can speak with one voice after internal discussions.
  • Crabs – active license owners only belong to Area A
  • Unity between fishermen or fishermen’s associations is necessary
  • Can’t agree on everything but can on many things
  • Work together on identified issues
  • Fishermen structure their organizations – collect dues/funds for operations.