Positive shifts in BC’s bottom trawling practices

Photo: Victoria O'Connell/Alaska Department of Fisheries and Game

BC’s groundfish bottom trawling industry has been working side-by-side with Living Oceans Society and the David Suzuki Foundation to develop methods of fishing that help conserve ground fish habitats, including corals, sponges and other deep-sea habitats. Implemented through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), this Groundfish Integrated Fisheries Management Plan reduces the fishery’s damaging impacts on fragile ecosystems and defines boundaries for the fishery such as: limiting individual coral and sponge bycatch; alerting  skippers of an excess over 20 kg of coral and sponge bycatch; and forming a committee comprised of representatives from the fishing industry, environmental groups, and the DFO.

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