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Fisheries for Communities Gathering

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Croatian Cultural Centre

3250 Commercial Drive

Room A

Vancouver, BC V5N 4E4

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To bring together individuals, communities, organizations and governments whose livelihoods, economies, food access, cultures, and wellbeing are tied to local fisheries, and who want to work together to ensure fisheries can continue to support them and their communities now, and for future generations.

The issue

The challenges are many and complex. One of the greatest threats to healthy fisheries and coastal and fishing communities is the increasing privatization of the resource. This is the result of policies that enable shareholders and multinational companies to purchase, own and lease our local fishing rights. As a result, the many tangible and broader intangible benefits of local fisheries are increasingly being taken from the coastal communities adjacent to them. Influence over decision-making has shifted away from the people and communities connected to fisheries, and fish harvesters are losing their ability to earn a living from fishing. The statistics are staggering – the earnings of fishermen are decreasing, the numbers of fishermen left in communities are dropping dramatically, local fish vendors can’t access local fish to sell, community-based processors have no local fish running through their plant, and the backbone of the culture and economies of coastal communities is crumbling. Coastal communities and Canadians are paying the price of bad policy.

The opportunity

There is an opportunity right now to make change! The Federal Minister of Fisheries is in support of instilling socio-economic objectives in support of fishermen, coastal communities and First Nations into the Fisheries Act, and creating policy reform that can enact it. There is now, for the first time in decades, the possibility of making changes to bad policy. It is not yet too late to stop privatization that disallows access by coastal communities and fishermen to Canada's Pacific fish stocks. Now there is a chance for change that can bring back the many benefits from this bounty of our oceans and revive or create new local fisheries, reinvigorate communities, food access and jobs, and rebuild our longstanding connections to the sea.

This gathering provides an opportunity for individuals affected by the generations of bad fisheries policy to combine their voices, and describe the issue and the change needed to revitalize our coast and more fully realize all that its ocean bounty has to offer coastal communities, and Canada.


Guest Speakers and Agenda to follow.


Fees:

There is no fee to attend. Breakfast, lunch and coffee will be provided.

Travel and Accommodation:

Travel and accommodation costs are not covered as we have a limited budget for this event. We do however not want costs to be a barrier to attendance and may be able to, in certain cases, provide a travel subsidy. If you need assistance with travel expenses, please contact Abra Brynne (contact info below).

Dietary Restrictions:

Please advise Abra Brynne of any dietary restrictions no later than Tuesday February 13th.

More Info:

Abra Brynne, abra@ecotrust.ca | 250.777.2480


Ecotrust Canada is convening this meeting to support those working to find a common focus and voice on the barriers to thriving and sustainable coastal fisheries, communities and fishermen, and on the change needed to reduce these barriers.

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Croatian Cultural Centre

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Vancouver, BC V5N 4E4

Canada

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