BC Young Fishermen's Gatherings

The BC Young Fishermen's Gathering (BCYFG) was designed in response to BC’s greying fishing fleet, and was inspired by the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit. The BC Gathering supports fish harvesters early in their careers by providing an opportunity to build skills and make connections across the fishing industry.  

BCYFG 2020- JANUARY 23 & 24

Join us this January 23-24, 2020 in Nanaimo, BC for our fourth annual Gathering! Advance your business, policy, and leadership skills in workshops with industry professionals and network with peers from across the coast.


wheel3.jpgRegistration fees cover workshop attendance, two lunches and one breakfast, and a tour

wheel3.jpgRegistration for commercial fishermen is $70, general admission is $100

wheel3.jpgLimited travel bursaries (hotel & travel costs) are available, please select if financial assistance is required through the registration process

Secure your spot today! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2020-bc-young-fishermens-gathering-tickets-83415691579


We have a group rate at the Coast Bastion Hotel. Please book ASAP to secure your spot by calling 800 663-1144 and quoting 'BC Young Fishermen's Gathering'.


Download the agenda here. Please note it is subject to minor changes. 

BCYFG 2019- JANUARY 23 & 24

The 2019 Gathering was held in Victoria and attended by close to 100 folks from across the industry. Attendees traveled up and down the coast, from Alaska to Bellingham and from the Gulf of Mexico to Atlantic Canada for two days of learning and networking.

Highlights included:

wheel3.jpgPanels and presentations by over 35 industry specialists

wheel3.jpgPeer to peer knowledge exchange and networking

wheel3.jpgGroup discussions on topics such as ghost gear, mentorship, public awareness of fishing, policies and programs to support new entrants

wheel3.jpgField trip to Finest at Sea Victoria 

BCYFG in the news: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019AGRI0003-000047

Download the agenda here.

BCYFG 2018- FEBRUARY 6 & 7

The 2018 BC Young Fishermen's Gathering was held at the Britannia Shipyards in Steveston. Close to 65 industry members, including over 40 young fishermen gathered for the two day workshop. 

Presentations by industry leaders included:

wheel3.jpgBob Fraumeni, Finest at Sea

wheel3.jpgSonia Strobel, Skipper Otto's

wheel3.jpgExecutive Chef Ned Bell, Chefs for Oceans & OceanWise

wheel3.jpgSean Barret, Dock to Dish

wheel3.jpgNeil Davis, DFO

wheel3.jpgDr. Carl Walters, UBC

wheel3.jpgDr. Rashid Sumalia, UBC & Ocean Canada Partnership

wheel3.jpgRick Williams, Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters

wheel3.jpgDr. Martin Gooch, Value Chain Management International

Download the agenda here.

BCYFG 2017- JANUARY 24 & 25

The first annual BCYFG was held in Victoria and brought together over 30 youth from across the province, with representation from nearly every fishery; from salmon trolling to sea cucumber diving.  

Highlights included:

wheel3.jpgTopics including alternative marketing strategies, financing a fishing operation, marine safety, and innovative solutions to fisheries issues

wheel3.jpgA visit to Finest At Sea provided an interactive tour of a vertically integrated fishing operation


Download the agenda here.