• 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 aims to support fishermen early in their careers, by providing an opportunity to build skills and make connections to people and resources across the fishing industry.  

    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.