Understanding Values in Canada's North Pacific




We would like to sincerely thank the many people who contributed to this project, without whom it truly would not have been possible. Thank you to Sarah Klain for early support with interview methodology. Thank you as well to the fishermen who willingly gave of their time to participate in interviews and hosted us in their communities and homes. We are grateful to fishing industry experts who provided input and guidance. We would also like to specifically thank the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union for their wisdom and the use of their facilities and the Allied Tsimshan Tribes Association in Lax Kw’alaams First Nation for allowing us to make use of their cultural centre for conducting interviews.

Interactive report and data visualizations by Andrea Robertson.

All photos in this report by Chelsey Ellis.

The T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation was founded in 1981 by commercial fishermen to protect habitat, prevent pollution, and promote sustainable fisheries. The Foundation strongly supports ecosystem based management using integrated marine planning to get there, connecting decision makers with affected communities and stakeholders through open, collaborative processes.

Ecotrust Canada is a registered charity that works in partnership with others to find solutions for the challenges facing our communities and our economies in the 21st century. We have over 15 years’ experience working from the bottom-up to create an alternative approach to development – an approach that recognizes that financial, environmental and social/cultural interests be in better balance if we are to achieve long term reliable prosperity.

Because the fishing industry is a key economic driver in coastal B.C. we have worked extensively with fishing enterprises, fishing associations and departmental ministries to conduct research, provide training, deliver monitoring services, create decision-support tools, and support marketing and sales efforts. Our fisheries team is respected in both NGO and industry circles for their approach and integrity.

Ecotrust Canada maintains a staffed office in Prince Rupert that is directly involved with the commercial fishing fleet both through the provision of monitoring/observing programs and through community-based fisheries business planning.