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Muse, Ben. 1998. "Management of the British Columbia Sea Cucumber Fishery." CFEC Rpt. 98-4N. Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Juneau: May 1998. 19 pages.


British Columbia sea cucumber commercial dive harvests began to take off in the early 1980s. The fishery was an open access fishery through 1990. Total allowable catches were introduced in the mid-eighties, and a license limited entry system in 1991. In 1994 fishermen tried unsuccessfully to set up a voluntary individual quota program similar to those introduced in the red and green sea urchin fisheries that year. In 1995 the Department of Fisheries and Oceans introduced a formal, departmental, individual quota program in this fishery. This report reviews the history of this fishery since the early 1980s, paying particular attention to the introduction and operation of the limited entry and the individual quota programs.