Sustainable Fisheries Strategy
Towards Sustainable Fisheries: Building a Cooperative Strategy for Balancing the Conservation and Use of Westcoast Salmon and Steelhead Population
The Sustainable Fisheries Project is comprised of seven interrelated objectives which are focused on the development of a Sustainable Fisheries Strategy (SFS) for Pacific salmon and steelhead populations. The SFS is presented in the document entitled, Towards Sustainable Fisheries: Building a Cooperative Strategy for Balancing the Conservation and Use of Westcoast Salmon and Steelhead Populations.
The main elements of the SFS were developed during a series of workshops that were convened during the Towards Sustainable Fisheries conference, which was held in Victoria, B.C. during April 26-30, 1996 and attended by more than 500 individuals.
The SFS presents a vision for the future of Pacific fisheries management that recognizes the importance of salmon and steelhead populations to the people of the Northwest. The SFS report also identifies the conditions necessary for sustainable fisheries and translates them into a series of guiding principles that can be used to focus environmental management and salmon restoration programs in the future. The factors that are currently constraining our ability to support sustainable fisheries are also identified. Finally, the SFS report presents a series of interrelated strategies for overcoming these constraints and facilitating the transition toward sustainable fisheries management.
The SFS was developed collaboratively by the agencies, tribes, First Nations, scientists and citizens of the Pacific Northwest. By convening a series of conferences, workshops, and forums, the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation (the Foundation) has facilitated the development of ecosystem-based approaches that will support sustainable fisheries management. The resultant recommendations apply at the coast-wide, regional, and watershed levels of organization and can be implemented by First Nations, community-based organizations, government agencies, and other groups. More information on the SFS and the Towards Sustainable Fisheries Conference can be obtained through the links below.