West Coast Fisheries Management: For Whose Benefit? - Part II

West Coast Fisheries Management: For Whose Benefit? - Part II

While the majority of fishermen wanted these quota to be doled out in equal portions to each boat, the DFO was persuaded to do so based on boat size. This meant the allocation was heavily skewed to favor a small percentage of the fleet. According to Phil, this was the real reason ITQs were being introduced in the first place, so a small group of individuals could monopolize the industry.

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A Fish Tale of Art, Destruction and Sustainability - Part II

A Fish Tale of Art, Destruction and Sustainability - Part II

If a disease takes hold, or if a food source takes a hit, or a pesticide with unforeseen effects is introduced, or a chemical spill occurs, or effects from climate change worsen, just to name a few possibilities, the blow dealt on top of previous over-fishing of herring, in this case, may simply be too much for the population to bounce back from.

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COAST: A Marine Protection Success Story in Scotland - PART I

COAST: A Marine Protection Success Story in Scotland - PART I

In 2008, the very first community-led No Take Zone was created in Lamlash Bay. In 2014, the South Arran Marine Protected Area was designated by the Scottish government as an MPA covering approximately 280 square kilometers. This huge success has led to a great sense of ownership and pride in this island community of just over 5,000.

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Marine Protections In Gwaii Haanas - An Ecotourism Operator Speaks Out

Marine Protections In Gwaii Haanas - An Ecotourism Operator Speaks Out

Bryce asks a reasonable and interesting question, “What is the true value of Gwaii Hanaas? It’s not the weight of the fish that gets sold in the markets. It’s the long-term value of having a functional ecosystem; of having a place where people can go to appreciate the environment. And surely that value is much higher.”

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West Coast Fisheries, ITQs and the DFO

West Coast Fisheries, ITQs and the DFO

Meet Des Nobels, retired fisherman, a director of the North Coast Regional District and long-time spokesperson for the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation. In his time, Des has seen many changes come to the West Coast fishing industry. His experiences are legion and his opinions regarding policies, policymakers, and any number of other factors relating to the fishing industry in Coastal BC contain many important lessons.

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A Tale of Old Massett & The Survivor Paradox

I came to Haida Gwaii  to learn about an extraordinary event that occurred in 2012. A radical, ambitious and well-intentioned action taken by the leaders of a small community in an attempt to secure their financial future, the viability of their town and the future of their fishery.

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Lessons In Personal Sustainability On The Edge Of The World

Lessons In Personal Sustainability On The Edge Of The World

Like many on Haida Gwaii, Phil is someone who can turn his hand to many tasks and has done many different things on and off island – much of it working for companies that focus on extracting Canada’s natural wealth in one form or another, log-by-log, boatload-by-boatload, or barrel by barrel, and there have been plenty of times when he’s made good money doing it.

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A Wild Wild Life

A Wild Wild Life

Kai and Andrea are everyday adventurers. By this I mean they have led a lifetime exercising a level of personal freedom and independence that most people only ever dream of. She is German, and he Swiss, they met in Victoria during a moment when Kai was not on some ambitious international expedition as one of the dive team.

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