Summer seems to have retreated somewhat, but the fishing season continues to roll out as planned. Last week saw the beginning of the season for Area A Crab fishermen, and we were on board to support them.

Over the past six months, an incredible team has come together to develop, build and install electronic monitoring systems for the Area A Crab fleet – 52 vessels fishing the waters of Hecate Strait. The first day of fishing saw all boats out on the water – equipped, ready and supported for what we hope will be a fantastic season.

With day one behind us, with all 52 of Ecotrust Canada’s newly built electronic monitoring systems up and running, albeit with the odd hiccup here and there, we can now report that we have accomplished the first steps of what we set out to do:

  • To work with fishermen and the Area A Association to design a system responsive to their needs;
  • To offer an alternative to what was available; and
  • To create a system that contributes to the sustainability of the fleet, fishery and North Coast community.

To make this possible, we brought together a number of people and practices over the last six months, combining our own technical in-house expertise with feedback from partners and networks for more integrated, supportive systems. By sharing fisheries and monitoring knowledge in this way, we have been able to connect the North Coast fishing community to a shared vision of what the conservation economy can look like. Above all, we continue to build on our passion for working with, and for, communities towards a sustainable fisheries future.

Of course, this work is an ongoing process with constant improvement and fine-tuning of the systems, but we look forward to learning much from the feedback of fishermen and our various partners as the season progresses, and rising to new challenges as we move forward.

We are committed to delivering ongoing support to the community and the Area A crab fishermen and will continue our work with them, industry and other partners to create solutions that will turn the conservation economy into a reality.