The 2017 herring / roe fishery is in full swing and going strong! Pacific herring, particularly in the Strait of Georgia, are in great shape and are among the healthiest herring stocks on the coast. Here are some photos and video of herring being unloaded at the Steveston Seafood Auction.
18 Months after the initial concept of creating a mural on Steveston Harbour Authority’s public washroom building on 3rd Ave & Bayview, the project is finally complete, and it was definitely worth the wait!
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston Historical Society, Richmond Arts Coalition and Steveston Harbour Authority collaborated to have mural artist Victoria Oginski, who created the first portion of the mural in 2015, to complete the installation, adding 7 new panel murals that wrap around the entire exterior of the building. The murals visually tell the story of Steveston’s fishing past and present in a vibrant display that encourages people to explore the artwork and get engaged with Steveston’s rich history.
This celebration of fishing, the industry that built Steveston and continues to drive it today, is a fitting reminder of the importance of this area to so many different people and cultures.
After 20 long years, thanks to a joint funding commitment from the BC government, the City of Richmond and Steveston Harbour Authority, the sediment hump at the foot of No. 1 Road – which lies in a jurisdictional “no man’s land” and has been restricting tidal access to fishing vessels attempting to access No. 1 Road Pier for many years – is being dredged.
Many thanks to MLA John Yap and Mayor Malcolm Brodie for your support of our vibrant and active commercial fishing industry!
Do you value growth and viability in the commercial fishing sector? The T Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation is planning a workshop for young fishers and new entrants to BC’s fishing industry to help foster leadership and skills in the next generation of fishers. The British Columbia Young Fishermen’s Gathering will take place in Victoria from January 24-25th, 2016. This workshop will provide a supportive environment to foster learning, networking and growth in the next generation in BC’s fishing fleets.
The two day workshop will cover the business of fishing (bookkeeping, financing, taxes, lenders, insurance, etc), the science and management of BC’s fisheries, fishing policy and politics, the history of fishing in BC, marine safety, value chain and alternative marketing strategies. The BC Young Fishermen’s Gathering will be a great way to connect young fishers with a wide variety of individuals working across the industry.
The fishing industry is a core part of British Columbia’s culture, and we want to see it continue and thrive into the future. If you’d like to be a part of the event, whether as a participant, speaker, supporter, or mentor, please contact Allison Stocks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-695-2045, or visit the website at http://bcyfg2016.wixsite.com/bcyfg.
Steveston Harbour Authority was honoured with the 2016 Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award on November 30, 2016.
Steveston Harbour Authority was bestowed with this prestigious award in recognition of several initiatives, including:
development of industry leading policies and procedures that have spread through the Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia to become standard models for most of the 54 harbours along the B.C. coast;
extensive community involvement including developing close working relationship with local law enforcement and emergency response agencies, supporting local charities and festivals, and hosting the annual Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer Herring Sale;
pioneering a fishing net recycling program that has helped change attitudes in the treatment of old and disused nets, transforming them from an environmental problem to a recyclable solution.
Click here to read more on the Richmond News Website.
The 2016 Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer Herring Sale was another huge success this year! Despite the cold weather, the herring was sold out again this year and the event managed to raise approximately $100,000 – 100% of which will be donated to the BC Children’s Hospital to help kids fighting cancer.
The event grows each year and we wish to recognize the fishers who donate their time, fuel and catch to make this event possible, as well as the multitude of volunteers who ensure the event runs smoothly and efficiently. Without all of these wonderful people, many more children would be suffering needlessly from their afflictions. Together, we can find a cure!
The 2016 annual Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer Herring Sale is only 6 days away!
Assuming the weather cooperates and allows fishers to go and fish for herring this week, there will be beautiful, fresh BC herring for sale to the public this Saturday, December 3rd from 09:00 – 16:00. The sale itself will happen rain or shine at two locations:
Steveston Seafood Auction located at 12740 Trites Road, Richmond BC.
FAS Seafoods, located at 27 Erie St, Victoria BC.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get a terrific deal on fresh, local herring! $15.00 for a 20 pound bag, and don’t forget that ALL of the money from the herring sale goes to BC Children’s Hospital to help kids with cancer.
If you have any questions about the event, please call 250-383-7764.
As much as there was not a commercial sockeye fishery in the river at all this year, 2016 has turned out to be a banner year for chum salmon. Prices have been high, quality has been great and numbers of fish caught have been encouraging. Signs are pointing toward a substantial chum fishery in the river proper this year as well, which is good news for local fishers.
Below are a few photographs of the chum salmon being unloaded in Steveston Harbour after being caught in Georgia Strait earlier this week, courtesy of Bob Baziuk
World Animal Protection UK and the GGGI have just released a new video outlining some solutions and positive engagement with fishers happening in the UK. Hopefully we can inspire similar initiatives here in Canada.
Lost gear is a major global concern and it’s forward thinking solutions and initiatives like these that will help lead to a more sustainable future for the fishing industry. This is a great step forward to helping solve the problem – only through engaging fishers in positive ways can we see real tangible solutions to the betterment of everyone. If you’re a local fisher interested in getting involved in positive change for your industry and / or championing the cause, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how you might be able to help.