Sustainable & Ethical Marine Harvesting - October 2019

Marine Harvesting is an important part of living on the coast. Join us for this three-hour course for community members and visitors alike and gain knowledge and useful tools for sustainable and ethical harvesting of marine resources!


October 11, 2019


Ucluelet Aquarium & West Coast NEST


Laura Griffith-Cochrane


Josh Charleson


Tofino Resort + Marina
634 Campbell St.
Tofino, BC


Fishing for tonight's dinner or for the year ahead, guiding others, or earning a living, are all paths that lead us to collect and bring findings home from local marine habitats.

This three-hour course will provide tools to assist you in self-evaluating your choices and behaviours in order to reduce harm and protect habitats and organisms. Prey choice, seasonality, and community pressures are all important considerations that hunters have used for generations to ensure their valued catches will be there for generations to come. If you are curious and excited about fish id tools, sustainable harvesting choices, and the life histories of the many organisms we love to eat, come join us!


At the Tofino Resort + Marina:

6 - 7                   What is sustainable harvesting? Biology & ecology, euthanasia, animal care, and tool                                                          cleanliness.


7 - 8                   Department of Fisheries & Oceans – licensing & legalities, open question period


8 - 9                    Traditional and current Nuu-chah-nulth harvesting practices and lessons - hišukniš c̓awaak                                 (everything is one and interconnected) - Josh Charleson, Uu-a-thluk


This event also includes a free refreshment courtesy of Tofino Brewing Company and a light snack prepared by Chef Paul Moran at 1909 Kitchen. 

There is also a chance to win a prize package which includes:

A Tackle Box courtesy of Tofino Fishing

A Rockfish Descending Device courtesy of The Ucluelet Aquarium

Two books - Living off the Sea and a Field Guide to Seaweeds donated by Mermaid Tales Bookshop

And more!

Course fee:

Early Bird $30

How to register:

Register through Eventbrite or contact Nicole at or 250-726-6508. Get your early bird ticket now or pay full price $40 after September 15th, 2019