Allocation of Pacific Halibut to Sport Fishing Sector



Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership | Referred to UBCM Executive


WHEREAS the current Federal allocation of the sustainable Pacific Halibut resource is insufficient to provide reasonable catch and possession limits for the recreational and commercial sport fishery;

AND WHEREAS an increase in daily catch and possession limits would be of great benefit in attracting sport fishing tourists to coastal communities:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM support an increase in the allocation of the sustainable Pacific Halibut Resource to the sport fishing sector and requests that the Federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans increase the catch limits to two per day and four in possession.

Additional Information

UBCM Comments:

UBCM members have not specifically considered a resolution related to halibut allocation but in 2010, members did endorse B97 which requested the provincial and federal governments to support both the commercial fishing industry and the sports fishing industry equitably as they are both critical economic generators for residents within the province.

In its response to 2010-B97, the Province expressed support for the sustainability of both commercial and recreational fisheries in tidal waters and highlighted a number of its activities related to ensuring fisheries sustainability and maximizing the economic and social benefits.

Actions: At the November 24/25, 2011 UBCM Executive meeting this resolution was referred to the UBCM Community Economic Development Committee.