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Sea Cucumber Sectoral Committee
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The Sea Cucumber 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 sea cucumbers 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 sea cucumber 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 sea cucumbers.
  6. Recommend representatives to other advisory bodies, as required.


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

2.1. Aboriginal

Seats remain open for all interested parties.

2.2. Commercial Licence Holders

Four advisors selected to represent current licence holders for each licence area of the coast. There are two North Coast representatives, one West Coast of Vancouver Island representative and one East Coast of Vancouver Island representative.

2.2. Processors

Two advisors selected to represent active buyers and processors.

2.4. Other Representatives

Service Bureau (1999-D&D Pacific Fisheries Ltd.), provincial government, if necessary, advisors selected to represent other significant interests in the fishery (e.g., recreational harvesters, aquaculture and 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

The Aboriginal Fisheries Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will generally attend sectoral meetings, and all interested First Nations are invited to participate.

3.3. 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.

3.4. Recreational Fishing Representative

Not applicable at this time.

3.5. Processors

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

3.6. 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.

3.7. Non-Consumptive Users Representative

Not applicable at this time

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 meetins but only participates if the advisor is absent. The Committee can invite other people to participate when appropriate.


4.1. Minutes

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

Observers, subject to prior approval by the chairperson, may attend all sectoral committee meetings. 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. This meeting is usually in June. A meeting is normally called in March to review the past season and discuss research objectives for the upcoming season. The chairperson 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 review the current stock assessment. Stakeholders are invited to review the biology and stock assessment issues. Management issues are not discussed at these meetings.

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.