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Local Sport Fishing Advisory Committees (Local SFAC) terms of reference

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These terms of reference will apply to all Local SFACs. Local SFACs are established to represent a community or a small geographic area within a Regional SFAC. The Local SFAC will cover such a geographic area as agreed to by the Sport Fishing Advisory Board, (SFAB), the Regional SFAC, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

Local SFACs will provide formal advice and recommendations in the form of recorded motions to the appropriate Regional SFAC on matters relating to tidal recreational fisheries and non tidal anadromous fisheries.

These terms of reference will be in effect until April 2012 at which time they will be reviewed in conjunction with a broader assessment of advisory processes.

Guiding principles

The following principles will be used to guide decisions on the structure and operations of the Local SFAC:


There should be transparency throughout the process based on open lines of communication and the provision of timely, accurate, accessible, clear and objective information. This information should be available to all participants in the process on an equal basis. DFO organizers, after considering input from the local SFAC Chair, should provide access to agendas and information needed as a starting point for informed discussion well in advance of meetings. In addition, DFO will ensure this information is posted to a public website to ensure accountability to all Canadians.


Participants who are representatives of a constituency are expected to bring to the discussions the general views, knowledge and experience of those they represent, and bring back an awareness and understanding to their constituencies about deliberations of the consultation activity and reasons for decisions taken. All participants share accountability for the success of the process. The Department is accountable to participants for explaining how their advice/input was used and why and how decisions are taken.

Inclusive representation:

Representation on advisory bodies should relate to the mandate and function of the committee. Participation in advisory processes should be fairly balanced and reflect a broad range of interests in fisheries and oceans issues in the Pacific Region that affect anglers in the local SFACs geographic area, to the extent possible, so that a diversity of perspectives is involved.


All participants should be satisfied that the process can achieve the goals of the mandate. This does not mean that participants will always agree with the final advice, outcome or recommendation. Processes must set and respect realistic timeframes recognizing the volunteer nature of the local SFAC.


The size of the advisory committee will reflect a balance between the diversity of fisheries and oceans issues in the local SFAC's geographic area and participant numbers that will facilitate productive discussion. Should committee size become an issue, the principle of “Inclusion” as detailed above will be the overriding priority. Wherever possible, links to other departmental consultative processes will be made to realize efficiencies in consultation.

Roles and responsibilities

To make formal recommendations to the relevant Regional Sport Fishing Advisory Committee (the “Regional SFAC”) on matters affecting all recreational tidal fisheries and non-tidal recreational fisheries, pertaining to anadromous fish. On matters affecting tidal recreational fisheries, recommendations and advice will cover all species and all forms of recreational fishing.

To review and provide feedback through the appropriate Regional SFAC regarding fishery policy proposed by federal or provincial ministries or recommended by the SFAB process.

To develop recommendations regarding annual fishing plans for tidal and non-tidal fisheries affecting anglers in their geographic area and to forward any resulting proposals to the SFAB through the Regional SFAC.

To review and make recommendations to the relevant federal or provincial ministries through the appropriate Regional SFAC on “in season” amendments to annual fishing plans respecting their geographic area.

To assist in disseminating information to the general public on matters affecting all recreational tidal fisheries and non-tidal recreational fisheries, pertaining to anadromous fish.


Membership on the Local SFAC should allow for representation from all elements of the local recreational fishing community. Representation will be geographically oriented to ensure perspective from all sections of the area.

Representation on the Local SFAC will be sensitive to achieving a balance between Primary and Secondary Level User Group Members. The majority of members should be Primary Level User Group Members.

Primary Level User Group Members are persons who do not receive a significant amount of their annual income directly or indirectly from the recreational fishery. A Primary User Group Member may include a person who is the representative from a non-industry recreational fishing advocacy organization.

Secondary Level User Group Members are persons who receive a significant amount of their annual income directly or indirectly from the recreational fishery. A Secondary Level User Group Member may include a person who represents a recreational industry organization.

A seat on the Local SFAC will be provided for those provincial organizations sitting on the SFAB and a seat for each of their member organizations which may exist within the geographic boundaries of the Local SFAC (see Table 1).

A seat on the Local SFAC will be provided for a representative from each of the major recreational fishing groups that may exist within the geographic boundaries of the Local SFAC.

Ex officio membership on the Local SFAC will be provided for officials and staff of the federal and provincial fisheries management and policy ministries or other government agencies as required. Agenda time for issues raised by an agency not contributing financially to the operation of the SFAB shall be based on agreement by the Local SFAC Chair and the designated representative from DFO.

Additional voting memberships for local anglers not affiliated with the organizations provided for above can be provided by a simple majority vote of the sitting members and as agreed by DFO

Responsibilities of the Chair

In cooperation, and with the assistance of the DFO co-Chair, the Local Committee Chair will establish agendas and arrange for the provision of background material to members of the Local SFAC, prior to each meeting.

The Chair or designated alternate will represent the Local SFAC and report the results of the Local SFAC meetings and decisions to the respective Regional SFAC.

Local SFAC meetings will be held at the call of the Chair, or at the request of DFO.

The Chair may only vote on recommendations or motions in the event of a tie vote in the Local SFAC.

Operational procedures

Meetings will be held at least twice a year, preferably at least 14 days in advance of any scheduled meeting of the applicable Regional SFAC. All members, except ex officio members, are entitled to vote on motions or recommendations introduced at any meeting of a Local SFAC.

Motions and/or recommendations may be put forward for consideration by any voting member of the Local SFAC. Except when electing officers, decisions will be made by a show of hands and members shall have the right to ask that their position be recorded in the minutes. Motions or recommendations approved by a simple majority vote of the members of the Local SFAC shall be brought forward and presented for consideration to the relevant Regional SFAC.

The standard rules for conducting meetings known as “Roberts Rules of Order” shall be applied during the conduct of SFAB meetings and the meetings of all Regional Committees, Local Committees and Working Groups. Participants are expected to follow the SFAB Code of Conduct contained in Appendix A.

The voting members of the Local SFAC shall elect at any duly constituted meeting of that Local SFAC a Chair to serve for two years. The Chair or designated alternate shall also serve as the voting representative from the Local SFAC to meetings of the Regional SFAC for that geographic area. The Local SFAC members shall also elect an alternate representative to the Regional SFAC.

The Chair and other elected representatives will serve for two years.

DFO shall appoint a person to serve as co-Chair of the Local SFAC to work with the non-government elected Chair.

In consultation with the local co-Chair, DFO will make meeting arrangements and prepare summary meeting notes and a list of motions and disposition from each meeting.

In most cases there should be no requirement for travel expense reimbursement for members attending Local SFAC meetings. In those situations where DFO decides that expense reimbursement is warranted, payment will be provided at standard Treasury Board rates.

Amendments to the Terms of Reference for Local SFACs can be made by a notice of motion and a 2/3 majority vote of the SFAB. Local SFAC approved amendments will be forwarded to DFO for approval.

Table 1. List of organizations at the Local SFAC

PSC Pacific Salmon Commission
BCWF B.C. Wildlife Federation
SFI Sport Fishing Institute of B.C.
SSOBC Steelhead Society of B.C.
BCFFF B.C. Federation of Fly Fishers
BCFDF B.C. Federation of Drift Fishers
MTA Marine Trades Association
BCLCA B.C. Lodging and Campgrounds Association
BCMA B.C. Marina Operators Association
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