Commercial fishing is a strong thread in the social fabric that has held BC’s coastal communities together for generations. The industry’s impact is typically boiled down to dollars and cents, leaving the wider societal impacts poorly documented and largely underrepresented in fisheries policy and marine planning. Yet these values are no less important to the people who make their livings on the sea.
We set out to document the full suite of values - from economic to intangible - that wild-capture commercial fishing brings to communities in Canada’s Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA). We found that monetary income from commercial fisheries is just the tip of the iceberg.