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Euphasiid Sectoral Committee Terms of Reference

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Mandate

The Euphasiid Sectoral Committee provides a forum for the exhanges of information and views between the stakeholder, clients and Fishereis and Oceans Canada on issues important to the management of euphasiids, in British Columbia.

The Sectoral Committee is not a voting body. The intent is for Fisheries and Oceans Canada to receive a broad range of advice from its stakeholders and clients. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, however, retains decision-making authority.

The Sectoral Committee has the following goals:

1.1.1 Allow the exhange of information between the stakeholders, clients and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

1.1.2. Advise on the development of annual Integrated Fisheries Management Plans for the euphasiid fishery in British Columbia.

1.1.3. Advise on the development of long-term management strategies for the species.

1.1.4. Provide information and advice regarding stock assessment and biological research for the species.

1.1.5. Advise the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on the use of discretionary penalties against harvesters convicted of Fisheries Act violations related to sea cucumbers.

1.1.6. Recommend representatives to other advisory bodies, as required.

Organization

Advisors will be selected to represent the following stakeholders and will be responsible for keeping their respective constituents informed.

  1. Aboriginal - Advisors selected to represent aboriginal interests.
  2. Commercial Licence Holders - All commercial licence hodlers are invited to attend sectoral meetings when they are held.
  3. Processors - Any Processors interested in the fishery are invited to participate.
  4. 4. Other Representatives - Service Bureau (1999 - D&D Pacific Fisheries Ltd.), provincial government, X advisors, if necessary selected to represent other significant interests in the fishery (e.g., recreational harvesters, aquaculture and non-consumptive users.)

Details of Organization

  1. Chair: Fisheries and Oceans Canada will chair the Committee meetings. Other Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff will attend as appropriate.
  2. Aboriginal Representatives: The Aboriginal Fisheries Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will generally attend sectoral meetings, and all interested First Nations are invited to participate.
  3. Commercial Licence Holder Representatives: These reps will be selected by a vote conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada of the licence holders of record, or by association(s) representing the licence holders.

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada may appoint additional advisors to ensure representation from all geographic areas and gear groups.

  4. Recreational Fishing Representative: Not requested at this time
  5. Processors: Processors will be selected by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to represent all active buyers and processors in the fishery.
  6. Provincial Government Representation: The Ministry of Fisheries, and, if necessary, other Ministries, will represent the Province of B.C. on the Committee. Other provincial staff will attend as appropriate.
  7. Non-Consumptive User Representative: Not requested at this time.
  8. Term: Advisors will be elected or appointed for a two-year term. Licence holders may select another current advisor to represent them during the two years. Advisors will not be added unless the Committee provides unanimous consent.
  9. Alternates: Each advisor will identify an alternate, who may attend all meetings but only participate if the advisor is absent. The Committee can invite other people to participate when appropriate.

Procedures

Minutes Minutes of all meetings will be taken. They will be distributed to all advisors for ratification, then made available to the public.
Committee Recommendations Committee recommendations will only be made with the agreement of all advisors. When consensus cannot be reached, all consenting and dissenting opinions will be recorded in the minutes.
Observers All Sectoral Committee meetings may be attended by observers, subject to prior approval by the chairperson. These observers cannot participate in the meeting unless approved by the chairperson.
Subcommittees The chairperson can appoint subcommittees to report on specific tasks. The subcommittee will require clear objectives, members identified (including the chairperson), and set deadlines.
Number of meetings There must be the opportunity for at least one meeting a year to consider the annual management plan. This meeting if held is usually in September. The chariperson can call other meetings as required. The chairperson will prepare an agenda and circulate it to all advisors before the meeting.

Meetings may be scheduled annually to reveiw the current stock assessment. Stakeholders are invited to review the biology and stock assessment issues. Management issues are not discussed at these meetings.
Code of Conduct The Sectoral Committee will consider developing a code of conduct that, if violated, provides the basis for dismissal from the Committee. Repreated absence from meetings and blatant violations against the Fishereis Act or Regulations would be considered adequate grounds for dismissal.