Fish Harvester Representation

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.


Fishermen are not united — there are few strong fish harvester organizations left.


  • Provincially mandated fishermen’s organizations
  • Different Atlantic provinces have different legislation mandating fish harvesters organizations
  • BC’s government should create legislation that will ensure all harvesters belong to one organization or another
  • Fishermen need to compare other Provinces legislation and choose a model best for BC
  • Must benefit active commercial fishermen not license investors (unless they are actively fishing)
  • Discussion has to be led by Province
  • Everyone has to pay into an organization – no freeloaders
  • Strengthen other organizations also could strengthen Union
  • Many fishermen are starting to feel that they need unity and so they need to have an organization to represent them.
  • Seafood Alliance says they represent 95% of license holders but they mostly represent the positions of CFC and other large licence/quota investors
  • CSAB is looking at the conservation stamp and asking DFO/ to remit it to the CSAB.
  • Provincially mandated active fishermen organizations will mean that active fish harvesters will not be dominated by investors
  • If all fishermen pay to organizations, they can afford to pay for a biologist
  • How do we engage indigenous fishermen?