Active Fishermen and Investors - are your interests different?
Problem: Active fishermen are not represented. Investors are represented - who may have different goals than active fishermen.
Seafood Alliance purports to represent 95% of license holders. It represents the interests of investors not active fishermen. Active fish harvesters need a similar organization.
The Area Harvest Committees and the CSAB represent license holders – as all license holders have a vote. Active fishermen could be out-voted. Active fishers need one or more salmon organizations to represent their interests.
Herring – processors dominate the advisory process. Fishermen need to take control
Halibut – large quota holders dominate representation process. Would owner-operator make a difference?
Prawns – all active prawn fishermen belong to prawn organization. One organization represents all prawners so can speak with one voice after internal discussions.
Crabs –active license owners only belong to Area A
Unity between fishermen or fishermen’s associations is necessary
Can’t agree on everything but can on many things
Work together on identified issues
Fishermen structure their organizations – collect dues/funds for operations.