What’s at stake when it comes to conservation of fish populations on the Central Coast? Frank Johnson of the Wuikinuxv Nation puts it this way: “We stand to lose a lot. If we lose all the fish, they’ll be no Wuikinuxv.” In other words, as seafaring and fishing people, the culture, livelihood and physical sustenance …
In collaboration with the Hakai Institute, CCIRA wrapped up a second season of rockfish surveys this spring, studying the state of rockfish populations in some key Rockfish Conservation Areas on the central coast. If you’ve never had the opportunity to dive on the central coast, this video will take you under the waves and give you a glimpse of what our divers see while they are at work.
Fifty years ago Charlie Mason could hop in a boat, travel a short distance from his home in Klemtu, catch enough rockfish for a meal or two, and then head back to town. “Today it is not that easy,” he says.
Over the past 50 years the central coast has seen a significant increase in recreational and commercial rockfish fishing. Our Nations are concerned about the impact these fisheries are having on this important food resource. In response CCIRA launched a rockfish research project in 2013. Here, we present a summary of results from a recent rockfish study in our territories.