Commercial recreational fishery

The recreational fishery plays an important role in the social and economic life of many British Columbians.

In the past twenty years, sport fishing has become a hundred million dollar industry. However, sport fishing also has negative environmental, social and cultural impacts, which are felt acutely by Central Coast First Nations. These include: impact on cultural resources, few local benefits, pressure on small salmon runs, over fishing, catch and release mortality, and poor monitoring and enforcement. Our Plan outlines management strategies that address the negative environmental, social and cultural impacts of the sport fishery in our territories. The foundation of these changes must come from protocol agreements between sport lodges & our Nations.

A sport fisher in a kayak, holding a fish at chest level
Photo Credit: Doug Neasloss