Pacific Northwest
Commercial fishing boats tied up at Steveston dock on the Fraser River. “Fishermen are retiring from the fishing industry en masse,” says Joy Thorkelson, president of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union | Rob Kruyt

Canada - B.C. commercial fishing industry sends out an SOS

West Coast fishery appeals for aid – but federal fisheries minister is missing in action

Commercial fishermen in B.C. are sending out an SOS following last year’s disastrous salmon season that has already sunk some boat owners.

The union representing commercial fishermen says years of Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) “mismanagement” pushed some commercial fishermen to the brink, and 2019 pushed them over.

“Hundreds of fish harvesters are facing financial ruin after decades of fisheries regulation mismanagement,” said Joy Thorkelson, president of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union..

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