Hello CFE Managers and staff,
Please find your monthly CFE updates from the Business Development Team below.
FEMT Working Group Members Needed
We are looking to recruit a few folks to join the FEMT Working Group. The commitment will be approximately 10-20 hours a year, and might include a one-day, in-person meeting. The working group is looking for representation from the varying types/viewpoints of the different CFEs, so all are welcome. Anyone who would like to join in and help inform the development and delivery of FEMT training, please contact the BDT Career and Capacity Coordinator, Karenn Bailey, at email@example.com / 604-970-0782.
This fall there will be three FEMT courses offered: two that were delivered in previous years (to be determined based on the results of the recent FEMT survey that we sent out), and the newly-completed Fisheries Operations Management course. The courses are four days in length and run for full days. Look for more details in coming weeks.
Training – Commercial Diving
Many CFEs are looking to involve community members in the commercial dive industry, or increase the number of divers they have already. Harvest of benthic (cucumber, urchin, geoduck, etc) marine species, maintenance of aquaculture sites and other underwater work is on the rise. Obtaining recreational dive certification and having 20 or more hours experience is recommended before taking the courses required for the commercial work listed below. If you would like help obtaining training grants or coordinating recreation or commercial dive training, please contact Karenn Bailey. Grant in-takes are open now for training scheduled to start this fall, and September begins the funding cycle for January courses, so get in touch soon.
Commercial dive operations require a three-person team minimum; two certified DCBC divers (Diver Certification Board of Canada) and a Dive Tender (Commercial vessel operator certified, plus). Commercial Dive Courses offered in the Region are listed below (generally minimum number of participants is 8, maximum 12):
- Commercial SCUBA Diver – Unrestricted: 5-7 wks. – $625 tuition*. Cucumber and urchin harvesting, aquaculture, scientific diving, ocean stewardship.
- Restricted Surface Supply Diver – Restricted 8-10 wks. $1395 tuition*. Geoduck diving, (work where there is an overhead danger or power tools are being used).
- Unrestricted Surface Supply Diver: 21 wks. $24,950 tuition*. Covers training for all commercial dive industries (Commercial SCUBA Diver & Restricted Surface Supply Diver).
For more information, please contact the BDT Career & Capacity Development Coordinator, Karenn Bailey: firstname.lastname@example.org / 604-970-0782
BC Seafood Expo
The BDT was happy to see a few CFEs attending and presenting at the BC Seafood Expo back in June. There were some interesting discussions and presentations over the course of Expo, including the Taking Indigenous Seafood Global Workshop. Click on the link to see the presentation. We will be providing more presentations as they become available.
Fishing Licences and Quota on the West Coast Are Murky Business
Check out this article by Jennifer Silver from the University of Guelph: Fishing Licences and Quota on the West Coast Are Murky Business. “Policies that mandate transparency in fishing license ownership and quotas might just lead to a more socially sustainable fishing sector on the West Coast”.
For more information about any of the items mentioned above, please contact your friendly BDT advisors:
The Business Development Team