BC Young Fishermen's Gathering (BCYFG)

The BCYFG was designed in response to BC’s 'greying' fishing fleet, and was inspired by the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit. The BC Gathering supports fishermen early in their careers, by providing an opportunity to build skills and make connections to people and resources across the fishing industry.  

BCYFG 2019

23-24 January, 2019

Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina
Victoria, BC

Check out our draft agenda below- note: subject to slight  changes!

Registration now open: 


BCYFG 2018

6-7 February, 2018

The 2018 BC Young Fishermen's Gathering was held at the Britannia Shipyards, February 6-7. Close to 65 industry members, including over 40 young fishermen, gathered in Steveston for the two day workshop. 

BCYFG 2018 Highlights

 Speakers include (among others):

  • Bob Fraumeni, Finest at Sea
  • Sonia Strobel, Skipper Otto's
  • Executive Chef Ned Bell, Chefs for Oceans & OceanWise
  • Sean Barret, Dock to Dish 
  • Neil Davis, DFO
  • Dr. Carl Walters, UBC
  • Dr. Rashid Sumalia, UBC & Ocean Canada Partnership 
  • Rick Williams, Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters
  • Dr. Martin Gooch, Value Chain Management International

BCYFG 2017

24-25 January, 2017

The first annual BCYFG in Victoria, BC brought together over thirty youth from across the province and representation from nearly every fishery; from salmon trolling to sea cucumber diving.  

  • The two-day workshop provided a variety of tools and resources for early-career fishermen. 
  • Experienced fishermen and industry members offered valuable information on topics including alternative marketing strategies, financing a fishing operation, marine safety, and innovative solutions to fisheries issues.
  • A visit to Finest At Sea provided an interactive tour of a vertically integrated fishing operation.