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|20 Aug 08
The next meeting of the Prawn Sectoral Committee is Thurs. Sept. 25,
commencing at 10:30 at the Dochester Hotel in downtown Nanaimo. Draft agenda:
1. Introductions; review of Apr. 4 draft minutes
2. Round table review of the 2008 commercial fishery
- J.O. Thomas Co. Ltd. overview
- commercial fishing reps.
- DFO managers, enforcement & assessment
3. Recreational fishery review
- SFAB reps.
- results from the summer spawner index sampling Saanich,
- fall and winter spawner index surveys
5. First Nations' fishery review
6. Next Prawn Sectoral Committee mtg.
|15 Oct 07
The sectoral caucus is pushing for changes for the 2008 season. These include, but are not limited to, basic area management. The mandate from fishers is to gain diversity in marketing and caucus is looking at reducing the early season glut in the gulf as well as extending the season to better service hungry markets with quality product.
Contact your caucus rep to keep informed of what is happening now and to provide your much needed input.
|13 Aug 07
The next meeting of the Prawn Sectoral Committee is Thurs. Sept. 20,
commencing at 10:30 at the Coast Bastion hotel in downtown Nanaimo.
This is the annual meeting in which there is a round table review of the
2007 summer fisheries. We will also discuss the spawner index sample
results from Saanich Inlet, Stuart Channel and Alberni Canal. The
industry election representative results will be announced. We
anticipate beginning discussions on ideas to increase flexibility in the
scheduling of the future commercial prawn fishery, in order to encourage
You are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend and have a topic
that should be discussed at the meeting, you are welcome to bring it to
my attention for inclusion in the meeting. Additions to the agenda may
also be suggested. However, the September meeting agenda is usually
full and agenda additions may be postponed until the November meeting.
I may be contacted at 250-756-7233, or by fax at 250-756-7162, or by
e-mail to MorrisonJ @pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
|25 Apr 07
Marketing close to home
Spot Prawns - a sustainable fishery with a product much more desirable than imported shrimp in every way. Here is a reprint of an article in the Globe and Mail today by 'Iron Chef' Rob Feenie.
The Chef's Table Society represents all the top chefs and restaurants in BC. Not only are they promoting our fishery as sustainable, they are encouraging chefs, restaurants and the general public to buy spot prawns instead of farmed tiger prawns. In addition, they are putting on
a high profile and public event the First Annual Spot Prawn Festival.
|28 Mar 07
Rumours have been flying about the possibility of a delay in the opening of the 2007 season. It is official and confirmed by the PPFA and DFO today that the season will still open as scheduled on 1 May 2007.
|21 Nov 06
The Draft Agenda for the upcoming Prawn Sectoral Committee 28 Nov 06 is filling out. Last call for additions.
|16 Oct 06
Prawn Sectoral Committee Meeting Draft Agenda - 28 Nov 06
Prospective agenda topics include:
* fall survey results;
* 2006 offshore fishery review;
* vessel safety (Worksafe/Fishsafe vessel inspection update);
* vessel length;
* Laroque decision effects on future scientific licence prawn surveys;
* oceanographic stations (Venus - Saanich Inlet, Neptune - WCVI, IOS -
* report from a site inspection of the Malaspina studies on rockfish
and prawn trap interactions;
* preliminary rockfish bycatch results for the 2006 commercial
* the federal treaty office may provide an update.
* Mike K.'s medium size prawn assessment
Recommendations or Requests for Agenda Topics may be sent to:
JIM MORRISON, PHONE: (250) 756-7233,
FAX: (250) 756-7162,
|16 Oct 06
Interesting article in the Seattle PI. Washington State has an abundance of prawns this year. Could this be the same reason for the high prawn population in Georgia Strait this year? Check it out here.
|10 July 06
The next meeting of the Prawn Sectoral Committee will be Wednesday Sept. 20
commencing at 10:30 at the Coast Bastion in their new meeting room the
Benson previously known as O'Flaherty's pub.
Entrance is either from Wharf St. sidewalk next to the Port Theatre and Coast underground parking across
the street from the harbour, or from inside the hotel by taking the
passenger elevator down to G level.
The September meeting usually reviews the most recent commercial fishing
season. This year the review will include discussions of
vessel safety, the offshore commercial fishing option, early post season
sampling in Saanich Inlet and Stuart Channel, and the fall recreational
fishing strategy in these areas.
Persons are welcome to recommend additional topics for inclusion on the
agenda by contacting:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
(250) 756-7233 fax (250) 756-7162
|18 Apr 06
Trap tags, log books and service fees can be taken care of at JO Thomas and Associates. DFO is not quite ready to issue licenses as of today. Season is still on track for a May 1, 2006 opening.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Pacific Prawn
Fishermen's Association (PPFA) will be held at the Best Western Richmond Inn
(Room 170), 7551 Westminster Highway in the City of Richmond, BC at 11:00 am
on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, to transact such business as may properly come
before the meeting or any adjournment thereof. Registration will commence
at 10:30 am. The meeting is scheduled to run from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Coffee and light snacks will be served during the meeting. Please note we
will have guest speakers discussing various aspects affecting the commercial
prawn fishery. In addition, a video of a commercial prawn vessel going
through the steps necessary to comply with WCB vessel stability regulations
will also be shown at the AGM.
Prawn licence holders who are not members of the PPFA may join the
Association at the annual general meeting on March 22nd or contact the PPFA
office for an application form. There is a one-time initiation fee of
$10.00 for membership in the Association.
If you have any questions please contact Chris Sporer at the PPFA office.
PO Box 16046, 617 Belmont Street
New Westminster, BC. V3M 6W6
Phone: 604-523-1528 Fax 604-648-8737
|15 Dec 05
letter from Mutual Marine
"...the industry at large is experiencing an increasing number of incidents of capsizings and/or sinkings of vessels laden with traps stacked on deck...a newly designed, significantly heavier, type of prawn trap is now entering the prawn fishery".
Read the rest of the letter
|01 Dec 05
Step up to the plate
"We need about $100 to $150K a year to deal with these cases, but salmon is broke and geoduck and sablefish already do more than their share. Halibut, prawn, crab and drag have got to step up."
"It will be very difficult to explain to their membership how they lost the fishery because they refused to provide $25 to $50K a year to help fund the litigation program."
Critical info ... read the
SPORTFISHING DEFENCE ALLIANCE report
|19 Nov 05
Recreational Closures for this winter were announced today. Recfish closures take effect end of day Nov. 27 and will continue to end of
day Mar. 31. Recreational fishing will resume on the 1st of April 2006, one month prior to the commercial opening. Details and Maps
|14 Oct 05
Prawn Sectoral Committee Meeting Draft Agenda - 8 Nov 05
1. INTRODUCTIONS, additions to agenda
2. RECREATIONAL FISHING AREAS
* Fall Index Survey Progress Report
* Are changes needed - Saanich Inlet, Stuart Channel
3. COMMERCIAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN 2006
* Recommendations from Industry Caucus
* Recommendations from DFO management team
RECOMMENDATIONS OR REQUESTS FOR AGENDA TOPICS MAY BE SENT TO:
JIM MORRISON, PHONE: (250) 756-7233, FAX: (250) 756-7162,
|29 Sept 05
Caucus has unanimously agreed to shelve the trap haul and individual quota pilot program proposals in favour of status quo. Here is the letter from caucus.
Contact info is included.
|16 Sept 05
Rockfish Conservation Areas
DFO is proposing to add grounds to the RCA's with a present goal of 30%. Attend a meeting in your area . The first are starting on 20 Sept. Pre-register. Info, contacts and links are in this RCA file.
|16 Sept 05
Sectoral Election 2005 Results
BCPFG B.C. Prawn Fishermen's Group - 2 seats
MIPG Mid Island Prawn Group - 1 seat
NIPA North Island Prawn Association - 2 seats
PAR Prawn Fishers Advocating Representation for Equal Opportunity - 1
PPG Pacific Prawn Group - 2 seats
PRPG Powell River Prawn Group - 1 seat
SPG Steveston Prawn Group - 1 seat
There were 2 groups which did not achieve seats on the basis of a
technicality - Pro Quota Group and Prawn Fishermen's Committee
|28 Aug 05
Sectoral election ballots must be postmarked by 2 Sept 05. This is a critical time for the prawn fishery. Don't waste your vote...get it in now. If you need more info or contact #'s please email to the address at the bottom of this page.
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