West Coast Trollers Association

The West Coast Trollers Association is a registered industry society which has represented the troll fleet in “Area G” on the West Coast of Vancouver Island since 1996. The Association represents troll fishermen in official fisheries management advisory processes and initiates projects to create a more prosperous, viable and sustainable salmon troll fishery.

We participate in the Area G Harvest Committee, the Commercial Salmon Advisory Board and the Integrated Harvest Planning Committee. Additionally, fisherman and Association Director Doug Kimoto sits on the West Coast of Vancouver Island Aquatic Management Board. The Association is also a member of the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters and the World Fisheries Federation.

Led by President Kathy Scarfo, the Association has implemented and administered several projects over the last few years on behalf of its membership. These include:

- managing Coho and Chinook release mortality experiments with Simon Fraser University and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) between 1998 and 2003;

- managing the observer program and the monitoring of the August demonstration “plug” gear Chinook fishery in conjunction with DFO in 2008.

managing the “plug” gear selectivity experiments with DFO and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council between 2002 and 2006;

- managing the observer program and test fisheries for the Area G Sockeye test fishery between 2002 and 2008;

- working in partnership with DFO on the observer program for the winter Chinook fishery and ongoing stock assessment between 2002 and 2008; and

- managing the sampling program for the winter troll Chinook fishery using coded wire tags and DNA in partnership with DFO between 1998 and 2003;

The West Coast Trollers Association has proven experience in the administration of complex fisheries projects in partnership with government. Several active members also live and work in the rural coastal communities of British Columbia.

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