“I think the (co-management) approach is absolutely essential to sustainability of the stocks and the interests of the parties.”

West Coast Aquatic facilitates salmon co-management roundtables for several fishery management areas. These roundtables bring commercial, aboriginal, and sport/recreational fishers together with stewardship groups to provide formal advice to Fisheries and Oceans Canada on decisions related to salmon harvest planning and management. The goal of these roundtables is to ensure fishing plans are coordinated and integrated.

“I would like to acknowledge the spirit of cooperation exhibited by all parties. Even when there were conflicts, there always seemed to be an effort to search for solutions.”

 – Area 23 Harvest Committee representatives


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WCVI Roundtables : Collaborating in Aquatic Resource Management

Area 23 Salmon Roundtable
Area 24 Salmon Roundtable
Area 25 Salmon Roundtable
Area 26 Roundtable

West Coast Aquatic seeks to produce innovative solutions to coastal concerns, and strengthen the understanding and relationships between parties that share a common interest in the health and wealth of aquatic resources, businesses, and communities. West Coast Aquatic is comprised of: a collaborative governance board that brings together governments, key sectors and communities to develop consensus-based outcomes for marine resources on the West Coast of Vancouver Island; a management association that provides technical and administrative support to the activities of the governance board; and a charitable organization that administers stewardship activities.