The terms of reference for this project include answering the following key questions:

  • What are the best types of economic gain for this region?
  • How would these gains be obtained?
  • What is the potential size and structure of the gain?
  • What is the distribution of the gain?
  • What are the minimum and maximum levels of activity required?
  • What is required to realize each type of gain?
  • How vulnerable is each type to external changes?
  • What sectors would impair or enhance each type of gain?
  • What will be the impacts on the ecosystem and how can they be reduced or mitigated?

The methodology followed to answer the terms of reference is first expert analysis by Dr. P. Copes a very experienced scholar and long time student of developments of the fishery in British Columbia. Dr. Copes wrote a vision piece for the project where he outlined the key economic gains possible and answered the above questions about the gains. Dr Copes looked at the comparative experience with new fishery ideas in other parts of the world including a trip to Alaska for input on ocean ranching and to Eastern Canada for input on community-based management. Further, we have used a technique called ‘scenario planning’.

— Excerpt from the report