Innovation in Deep Sea Fisheries

Watch how a destructive fishery became sustainable

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For decades, British Columbia environmentalists have clashed with the ground fish bottom trawl fishing industry, but the two have come together to find common ground, and fragile ocean habitat is the big winner.
The two groups have developed innovative measures to conserve corals, sponges and deep-sea habitats.
We were hired by the David Suzuki Foundation to document the story of this change through interviews during a fishing trip off the coast of northern Vancouver Island. Despite a bad weather spell during the trip, we managed to capture scenes of the fishing and on-board sorting and monitoring work.
This positive story shows that conservation and a productive industry can find ways to develop a lucrative business that turned away from destructive fishing practices and maintains healthy fish stocks at the same time.