BC Young Fishermen's Gatherings


Thanks to everyone who joined us at the 2023 BC Young Fishermen's Network Gathering

 A Collaborative Celebration of Commercial Fishing's Next Generation

The 2023 BC Young Fishermen’s Annual Gathering rose from its pandemic hiatus with the energy and vigor of a king tide. Having not been held since January 2020, the 6th annual collaborative celebration of commercial fishing’s next generation on the West Coast returned with a refreshed sense of buoyancy and hope in the midst of turbulent times.

The event took place over three days from March 22nd-24th, 2023, at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River, BC. 80 attendees from across the industry came together to share knowledge and skills, network, and experience a renewed sense of community among new entrants, seasoned harvesters, industry experts, and association representatives alike. 

wheel3.jpgBC Young Fishermen's Network Gathering Report 2023

wheel3.jpgSee the photo album

wheel3.jpgProgram presentations

BCYFG 2023


Past Gatherings

VIRTUAL BCYFG 2021- PART TWO, March 30 & 31

In March we heard stories from a panel of women who fish, learned about a study of our local prawn fishery, and caught up with young harvesters preparing for their fishing season. Parliamentary Secretary Fin Donnelly joined us on Day One to provide an update about his new role at the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the work they are doing to support our fishing community.

Our sessions were recorded and can be watched at the links below. 

Our Schedule  and Recordings Include: 

wheel3.jpgMarch 30: "Welcome to Parliamentary Secretary Fin Donnelly": Link to watch

wheel3.jpgMarch 30: "Women in Fishing": Link to watch

wheel3.jpgMarch 31: "UBC Shrimp Survey Analysis": Link to watch

VIRTUAL BCYFG 2021- PART ONE, Feb 9 & 10

In February we learned about the grant writing process, heard how harvesters have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19, and caught up with other young fishermen about their 2020 fishing seasons.

In case you missed any of our sessions, they were recorded and can be watched at the links below. 

Our Schedule  and Recordings Include: 

wheel3.jpgFeb 9: "On the boat" - Young harvester panel discussion. Due to technical troubles, this recording is in two parts; watch Part 1 of the recording here and Part 2 here.

wheel3.jpgFeb 9: "Off the boat" - Grant writing. Watch here!

wheel3.jpgFeb 10: "On the boat" - Harvester adaptations to COVID panel discussion: Check it out here!


BCYFG 2020- JANUARY 23 & 24

The 2020 Gathering in Nanaimo was our largest BC-focused event yet, bringing in 100 participants involved in the BC fishing industry. 

Highlights included:

wheel3.jpgKeynote presentation by Peter De Greef 

wheel3.jpgPlenary sessions and two tracks of workshops delivered by 36 speakers and teachers

wheel3.jpgPeer to peer learning and networking opportunities including a Marketplace of Ideas, Open Space discussions, and evening reception

wheel3.jpgField trip to Stones Boatyard

Download the agenda here.

Read the event summary report here.

BCYFG 2019- JANUARY 23 & 24

The 2019 Gathering was held in Victoria and attended by close to 100 participants. 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 participants 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 young harvesters 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.