Developing an integrated commercial groundfish strategy for British Columbia: Insights gained about participatory management

Developing an integrated commercial groundfish strategy for British Columbia: Insights gained about participatory management

J. Koolman, B. Mose, R.D. Stanley, and D. Trager

Developing an integrated commercial groundfish strategy for British Columbia: Insights gained about participatory managementThis is part of Biology, Assessment, and Management of North Pacific Rockfishes
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The British Columbia fishing industry with the provincial and federal governments formed the Commercial Groundfish Integrated Advisory Committee (CGIAC) in 2003 to establish a strategic approach toward integrating the groundfish fisheries. The process was initiated largely because of the difficulty of managing many species and stocks of rockfish across many gear sectors and user groups. In spite of a difficult birth, this initiative has progressed even beyond the expectations of some of the participants. In March 2005, a subcommittee of CGIAC, the Commercial Industry Caucus, submitted a Pilot Integration Proposal for discussion among industry and recreational interests and the federal, provincial, local and First Nations governments. The present report, authored by industry and government participants, summarizes the context and main elements of the proposal. It then focuses on four of the main ingredients of the negotiations that were critical for moving the project forward.

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