Great big hello from brand new Skeena office. In our third year in Prince Rupert, we’ve settled in to our new home here at 6-222 Third Avenue West, just in time to coincide with the opening of the Area A crab season and various salmon openings. With our new office comes a brighter and more welcoming space, along with a recharged focus for all of the projects happening in on the North Coast.

The busyness of the office means that there’s no hiding the fact that summer is upon us. While many of us take this time to kick back at the beach, those of us engaged in fisheries aren’t off the clock, despite the summer time schedule. Fishermen use the long days to hit the water, and our fisheries Observer program in Areas 3 & 4 sends people out to join them onboard to collect biological samples and monitor the process.

The summer crab season started on June 26th, 2012– along with continued coverage from Ecotrust’s Area A Crab electronic monitoring program. In addition to the electronic monitoring, 2012 marks the first season of required fisheries dependent biosampling in Area A. The biological samples collected during the fishing season will be used by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in the assessment and management of the crab stocks. We are happy to report things are running smoothly. We’ve brought a new Electronic Monitoring (EM) technician Jonathan Dopson onboard, joining a team of experienced service and data technicians ably led this year by Amanda Barney, the Area A EM project manager. Jonathan has extensive background in technical studies, as well as a wealth of local knowledge of the Prince Rupert area, having been raised in the region. He’ll be coming onboard to tweak any glitches in the system and troubleshoot hardware and software issues.

We’re thrilled to be back on the ocean this season and we look forward to continuing to build strong ties both on and off the water. We welcome back returning Fisheries Observers and wish everyone a safe season.