The MCC is an officially recognized body which provides the conservation community with a means to participate as a full status “stakeholder” in formal consultations with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). We will develop policy positions in Pacific fisheries and marine conservation to provide input to decision-making processes—i.e. an advisory role.
The MCC will also advise DFO on the need for consultation processes on specific marine issues and on the design and implementation required to ensure effective representation.
The MCC will strive to accurately represent the interests of the marine conservation community. However, the MCC recognizes that there is a diversity of groups working on marine conservation issues in BC and respects the fact that not all interests can be represented by one overarching group. While the primary role of the MCC is to be an advocate for marine conservation, it does not replace the work being carried out by individual MCC member organizations, or outside groups.
Furthermore, the MCC in no way supersedes or eliminates the need for other forms of consultation between the conservation community and DFO, but it does provide an important opportunity for the conservation sector to have a seat at consultation tables—an opportunity already available to sectors such as the commercial and recreational fisheries.
The MCC will concentrate on themes covered in the Fisheries Act and the Oceans Act, such as:
- Sustainable fisheries management
- Marine Conservation
The MCC is focused on fisheries related issues and is participating in DFO consultations on Integrated Harvest Management Plans for the North and South coasts.
Policy issues which may be covered include: Wild Salmon Policy, salmon fisheries planning, SARA/COSEWIC, habitat, rockfish, herring, Integrated Groundfish Management and marine mammals.