CONTACT
Tony Jacobs – Fisheries Manager / Negotiator

Nikki Jacobs – Catch Monitor/Data Coordinator
131 N. Tsawwassen Dr.
Delta, BC
V4M 4G2
Phone (604) 948-5200
Fax (604) 943-9226
Email: tfnfisheries@hotmail.com
SUMMARY

NEGOTIATIONS

The Manager serves the TFN’s interests within negotiations regarding the Fisheries resource, and ensures that those interests are met by the identification of the specific stocks that have been traditionally harvested by the Tsawwassen.

 

Negotiation and management regimes are conducted throughout the year. Each run of salmon requires a management strategy and participation of each of the Nations that have a vested interest in the health, conservation and escapement goals of those particular runs. Negotiations take place between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), as well as other First Nations
. Issues such as allocations of fish and length of times of openings are negotiated as well. The

 

Negotiator attends various meetings of the different management bodies along the Fraser River. TFN has successfully secured a commercial license to offset administration
costs as well.

 

Catch Monitoring

 

The role and duties of the Catch Monitor is to monitor the fishery and carry out other duties in accordance with the Agreement. Enforcement has proven to be very effective and beneficial to both Nations (Tsawwassen and Musqueam), with respect to accuracy of catch data, efficient use of manpower, as well as combining resources for maximum coverage of any given fishery. This creates accuracy, accountability and provides First Nations with a template far above and beyond reproach.

 

AFS Strategy

 

The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy evolved from the 1990 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Regina v. Sparrow. Thus setting the stage for a new realtionship with Aboriginal people regarding the exercise of their fishing rights. A clear policy and agenda was then required to
ensure that the Federal government was prepared to protect and conserve fish stocks, and to ensure the fair and equitable treatment for all with interests in the fisheries.

 

Aboriginal people in British Columbia want to preserve and build their societies and economies. Fisheries have been a component, and in many cases, the cornerstone of their societies. Aboriginal communities are often located close to fisheries resources, sometimes in isolated areas that offer few other employment options.

 

Agreements

 

Native involvement in fisheries and fisheries habitat management is accomplished through written agreements between the Federeal government (DFO) and Aboriginal organizations or First Nations. These are called Fisheries Agreements, and have evolved from a number of seperate agreements for allocations, funding, participation, etc. The Fisheries Agreements cover a range of specifics involving area, fisheries,allocations, habitat management ,enforcement responsibilities, monetary assistance and training.

 

From the inception of the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy pilot program, the training and integration of Aboriginal Fisheries Officers into enforcement and habitat management has been critical to the success of the resources within their Traditional Territories.

 

Aboriginal Fisheries Officers/Guardians serve and protect their natural resources. An oath is sworn to the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa. In effect, the oaths are sworn to represent all First Nations in Canada.

 

Enforcement involving Aboriginal Fisheries receives guidance from DFO with consultation from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Enforcement policies and prcedures are outlined by DFO, and continue to evolve. These policies and procedures form a framework for detailed enforcement procedures. First Nations have also been encountering some resistance from the Federal governement with respect to issuing the full power of ” Peace Officer” status to Aboriginal Guardians. So at this time, the Aboriginal Guardians role is to: Observe, Record and Report (ORR). The Aboriginal Fisheries Officers powers reflect the level of training accomplished.

OTHER SERVICES

The Fisheries Department provides assistance and preparation with the following activities:

  • Issuance of Designation Cards to participants;
  • Provide and update Fishery Notices;
  • Negotiate for Communal Licences;
  • Provide run size information;
  • Negotiate times and dates of openings;
  • Respond to complaints from fisheries activities;
  • Research and development of aquaculture prospects for the TFN;
  • Communicate and relay information while conducting Patrols;
  • Attend meetings to relay community concerns reagrding fisheries activities;
  • Ensure fairness therough compliance of the regulations;
  • Organize Cash Buyers;
  • Employ seasonal staff through the Monitoring Landing Program, and;
  • Distribute food fish