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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