The T. Buck Suzuki Foundation works to protect fisheries habitats, prevent pollution and promote sustainable fisheries.
Healthy environment and healthy fisheries go hand in hand. Fishermen and coastal activists launched the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation in 1981 to focus work on fish habitat protection.
Caught up in Catch Shares
Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) became a dominant management tool for Canadian fisheries in the 1990s, but do they really work as advertised?
Ecotrust and T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation have analyzed in-depth the impacts of catch shares, particularly ITQs, on BC fisheries and coastal communities. Data proves that ITQ systems have made fishing more expensive, complicated and less safe. The unemploym
ent rate has increased and there are less opportunities for new entrants into this sector. The ones entering fishing have limited financial viability.
We are at a key decision point for our fisheries. We need to ask ourselves how commercial fishing’s $300 million in annual landed value should be distributed so coastal communities thrive. More information
Understanding Values in Canada’s North Pacific
Commercial fisheries are instrumental in BC’s formal economy, but they contribute to other intangible values that are not contemplated in studies of landed and wholesale values.
Hence, Ecotrust Canada and T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation joined forces in 2013 to make visible such complexity by interviewing fishermen in Prince Rupert and Lax Kw’alaams.
The study reveals there is more to fishing than profit margins: (1) local and international equipment and supplies businesses benefit from commercial fisheries, (2) trading and gifting seafood in the community support food security, (3) it is a lifestyle that cultivates stewardship and education through connecting people and the environment, and (4) fishermen transmit key life skills to future generations.
Our findings depict a window of opportunity to develop more holistic policies to help build resilient coastal communities and protect natural resources. More information