Commercial Salmon Fishing in BC... Treading Water

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Ever since the federal government began reducing the effort from the commercial salmon fishing fleets on the westcoast of British Columbia many commercial fishers are barely keeping their heads above water.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are still doing a terrific job of maintaining infighting and discord among all user groups of the fishing industry. This conveniently keeps much of the heat off the feds where it really belongs.

This webpage has been here in various forms since 1996 and has always had a lot of traffic from people searching for information about commercial fishing in general. I've had many inquiries over the years from people looking for boats or long lost friends.

I've tried, when I have time to keep this page current with information people are looking for, but I've decided to now open this page up to discuss fishing related issues that are important to British Columbians.

When I was a young kid being introduced to commercial salmon fishing there weren't any other user groups except for the few sports fishers concentrating around Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Sechelt, and on the west coast very few sporties would venture far from Port Alberni.

I think it was in the early eighties when I first noticed sports salmon fishermen in any amount when I almost ran over my first one, heading West out of Ucluelet in the evening sun.

It wasn't long after before the commercial sports fishers came on the scene throughout BC. Who can fault this from happening? BC is a great place for marine recreation of all types.

But people who earn their living fishing commercially for salmon have suffered terribly over the last 15 years in BC. At one time, not that long ago, a "Category A" license entitled you to fish year round for whatever you wanted that was in season. Once the fishing licenses were allowed to split, is when most of our problems began, IMHO.

What do think has affected you the most working in the commercial salmon fishing industry?

What Issues Would You Like to Talk About?

Do you have a great fishing story to tell or is there an issue you think is important? Let's discuss it here. Are you looking for someone? You can post pictures with your story if you wish.

If you want to list a boat, I'm OK with that, just make sure your sales page is presentable with very detailed information and pictures. You'll also have to let me know when to remove the page.

If you're a fishing charter operation you can post a page (minimum 750 words) detailing what type of trip you provide. Include some trophy pictures.

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Click on the graphics below to order these excellent books about high seas adventure in the commercial fishing industry.

Both are excellent stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat. But don't make the mistake I did and read them before you're heading out for the season. Better to wait until you're off for the winter.

Working on the Edge is about the glory days of the Alaska King Crab fishery and details the hazardous conditions endured by those who risked their lives working in the Bering Sea.

The Perfect Storm is about the East Coast Commercial Sword Fishery and the story of one fishing crew's odyssey when caught in the storm of the century.

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