Pacific Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance Panel
Success will be realized when all sectors can “tell each other’s stories” about each other’s standards and practices, rather than disputing each other’s numbers.
from Charting our Course, a report of the Pacific Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance Panel
The Pacific Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance Panel promotes fair and effective policies and practices for catch reporting, monitoring and compliance in BC’s salmon fisheries.
If wild salmon and salmon fisheries are to be managed sustainably, there is a pressing need to increase confidence in the accuracy and reliability of data on reported catch. This was a priority for the Integrated Salmon Fisheries Dialogue Forum, which includes representatives from many interests in BC’s fisheries.
In 2009 the Forum created the Monitoring and Compliance Panel. The Panel has examined ways to improve catch reporting, monitoring and compliance, including issues of access, certification, traceability and in-season adjustments.
The Panel is a collaboration among senior representatives from federal and provincial governments, First Nations, commercial and recreational fisheries, and conservation and environmental non-profit organizations. The work is intended to complement and support the role of government salmon managers. The Fraser Basin Council serves as program secretariat. The Monitoring and Compliance Panel received funding support from FSWP and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The Panel prepared a report to advocate a fresh approach to monitoring and compliance: Charting our Course: Fishery Monitoring in the Pacific Region. Fisheries and Oceans Canada also prepared a discussion paper, and called for comment in 2011: Strategic Framework for Fishery Monitoring and Catch Reporting in the Pacific Fisheries.
Learn more on the Monitoring and Compliance Panel website at www.pfmcp.ca.