New Fishers Old Fishers

January 26, 2018

Problem: Young people are not seeing fishing as a career.

Retiring fishermen cannot sell licenses/quota at a reasonable income for retirement.



  • Attract young fishermen by lower costs to get into fishing.

  • License banks (like NNFC or NFA) where new fishermen can lease licenses/quota at a reasonable price.  Alaska is doing this now.

  • Community owned licenses/quota – lease out to fishermen – like PICFI but for everyone.

    • Diverse fisheries – not just license banks for salmon but for access to all fisheries

  • Owner operator / fleet separation Corporations can’t own licenses/quota

    • get rid of license speculation

    • keep license/quota prices real


  • Fishermen’s Loan Board for seasonal start-up loans and and licence/quota purchase costs. 

    • Low cost provincial loans – every province except BC and Alberta has a Fishermen’s Loan Board

    • Help for all fishermen and for new fishermen to access loans   


  • Provide a market for licenses/quota so fishermen who want to retire can do so with dignity

  • Government buy-back of licenses no longer active

  • Shared Federal and Provincial government/community/fishermen buy –up of licenses/quota and put into license banks for future distribution (to new fishers or diversified licenses to established fishers)

  • Better fish prices and no /or controled quota costs would attract new fishermen and new markets for licenses
































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