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Ecotrust Supports Crab Fishery

Ecotrust Canada starts an article about supporting the North Coast Crab Fishery with the line “Flaky crab cakes with a dill mayonnaise”. It reminds me of having fresh crab cakes on my first evening in Alaska several years ago. They were so good. And I wondered about who had caught the crabs, and where they were from. This puts me among only a few people, according to Ecotrust.

On January 1, 2011 Ecotrust Canada took on the role of monitoring service provider for Area A crab on the north west BC coast, one of the most important Dungeness crab harvesting areas. Their main job will be to provide Area A crab licence holders with an Electronic Monitoring system that is affordable, accessible and 100% supportive of them and their industry.

Since 2000, the Area A crab fleet has taken the lead on the BC coast in developing and implementing a monitoring system that addresses both industry and Department of Fisheries & Oceans needs.

CrabbingEcotrust Canada’s commitment to Area A crab licence holders encompasses fisheries training, IT and tech support, systems development and mapping. It also includes the intent to build quality open source software, affordable hardware and set high service standards. Development of this is already in full swing, and Ecotrust Canada is striving to work closely with the fleet members and find improvements and what works best for them.

“By the time the summer season opens we will be fully operational with our electronic monitoring system running smoothly and a program manager and data techs available to help the fleet at every turn,” reveals Tasha Sutcliffe, Fisheries and Marine Program Director at Ecotrust Canada. “We are incredibly excited to be a part of this, to be working with such a dedicated fleet, and about the possibilities that 2011 has to offer.”

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