Incorporated under the British Columbia Society Act on October 27, 1997, the Pacific Halibut Management Association is a fishermen’s association, which represents over 80% of commercial halibut licence holders in British Columbia.
PHMA members continue to reap benefits from years of sustainable management practices. Halibut have been commercially harvested on Canada’s west coast since the late 1800’s and, due to conservative management and responsible fishing, the resource remains healthy over 100 years later.
The commercial halibut fishery is an important component in the economic success of the province of British Columbia and a vital element in the social fabric of coastal communities of Canada’s west coast. The fishery is dominated by small businesses owned by individuals from all areas of the coast.
One of the Association’s key objectives is to advance co-management in the commercial fishery to ensure the halibut resource continues to be conserved and protected.