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Red Sea Urchin Sectoral Committee Terms of Reference

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The Red Sea Urchin Sectoral Committee provides a forum for the exchange of information and views between the stakeholders, clients and Fisheries and Oceans Canada on issues important to the management of red sea urchins 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. Allow the exchange of information between the stakeholders, clients and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  2. Advise on the development of annual Integrated Fisheries Management Plans for the red sea urchin fishery in British Columbia.
  3. Advise on the development of long-term management strategies for the species.
  4. Provide information and advice regarding stock assessment and biological research for the species.
  5. Advise the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on the use of discretionary penalties against harvesters convicted of Fisheries Act violations related to red sea urchins.
  6. Recommend representatives to other advisory bodies, as required.


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: Four advisors, selected to represent current licence holders in each licence area of the coast.
  3. Processors selected to represent active buyers and processors.
  4. Others: Service Bureau (99/00 - D&D Pacific Fisheries Ltd.); Provincial government; and advisors selected to represent other significant interests in the fishery (e.g., recreational harvesters, aquaculture, non-consumptive users).

Details of the Organization

3.1. Chair: Fisheries and Oceans Canada will chair the Committee meetings. Other Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff will attend as appropriate.

3.2. Aboriginal representatives: Seats remain open to all groups interested in assessment and management of the resource.

3.3. Commercial licence holder representatives 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.

3.4. Processors will be selected by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to represent all active buyers and processors in the fishery.

3.5. Provincial government representation: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, and, if necessary, other Ministries, will represent the Province of B.C. on the Committee. Other provincial staff will attend as appropriate.

3.6. Recreational fishing representatives: Seats available for interested parties.

3.7. Non-Consumptive Users representatives: Seats available for interested parties.

3.8. 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.

3.9. Alternates: Each advisor will identify an alternate, who may attend all meetings but only participate if the advisor is absent.

3.10. The Committee can invite other people to participate when appropriate.


4.1. Minutes of all meetings will be taken. They will be distributed to all advisors for ratification, then made available to the public.

4.2. 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.

4.3. Observers: All Sectoral Committee meetings can be attended by observers, subject to prior approval by the chairperson. These observers cannot participate in the meeting unless approved by the chairperson.

4.4. 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.

4.5. Number of meetings: There must be at least one meeting a year to consider the annual management plan. The Sectoral meeting is usually held in February/March. A research meeting will be called to review the past season and discuss research objectives for the upcoming season. Management issues are not discussed at the research meeting. The chairperson can call other meetings as required. The chairperson will prepare an agenda and circulate it to all advisors before the meeting.

4.6. Code of Conduct: The Sectoral Committee will consider developing a code of conduct that, if violated, provides the basis for dismissal from the Committee. Repeated absence from meetings and blatant violations against the Fisheries Act or Regulations would be considered adequate grounds for dismissal.