Tag Archives: Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association

B.C. crab and prawn fishermen dispute Port of Vancouver no-go zones – will force them from where they’ve long fished

Crab fisherman Stewart McDonald is steaming mad that he may soon be prevented by the Port of Vancouver from dropping crab traps around Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet, where he’s fished for more than two decades.,, On Friday, the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, confirmed it has made changes to its information guide, which provides rules for where vessels — like McDonald’s fishing boat — can travel. A port spokesman said the changes were needed because the waters were getting crowded with recreational boaters. click here to read the story 12:26

DFO’s plea to fishermen: Avoid nine reefs in Strait of Georgia

The federal fisheries department is asking commercial fishermen to voluntarily avoid nine reefs in the Strait of Georgia while talks are underway to make the fishing closures official and help ensure protection of fragile glass sponges — possibly the “longest living animals” in the world. Read more here timescolonist  23:27

Lessons Learned: Commercial prawn-fleet accidents prompt new best-practices recommendations – Fishing Vessel Stability

Vancouver Sun – The dramatic loss of two commercial prawn vessels last season has prompted  the fishery — now in full swing on the B.C. coast — to adopt a set of best  practices aimed at ensuring hundreds of traps per vessel are transported  safely. The industry’s new best-practices document — in place for the current  spot-prawn season — recommends, in part, that gear be stored low to maintain  stability, that traps be stacked evenly and protected against shifting, and that  crews realize that winds across a loaded deck can affect stability, as can low  fuel levels. continued