Fonds RBSC-ARC-1195 - Fishing Vessel Owners Association fonds

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Fishing Vessel Owners Association fonds

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2.2 m of textual records
15 videocassettes
7 photographs : b&w

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The Fishing Vessel Owners Association (F.V.O.A.) has served the interests of fishing vessel owners since 1935. The association was incorporated in 1938. The F.V.O.A. is involved with all aspects related to fish and water issues. These include, but are not limited to, First Nations concerns, the development and administration of relevant legislation, policies and procedures, the environment, vessels, land referrals, and Canadian-U.S. relations and negotiations. This work is done in conjunction with all relevant organization, committees, councils, boards, governmental departments, and legislative bodies. These groups include, but are not limited to, the Canadian government's Fisheries and Oceans Department, the Fisheries Development Council, Transport Canada, The Coast Guard, the Herring Management Working Group and Herring Industry Advisory Board, the Aboriginal Peoples Foods Fisheries, Canada's Northern Department's Minister of Indian Affairs, the Salmonid Enhancement Task Group, the Fraser River Panel, the Pacific Coast Salmon Commission, and the U.S. Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service Bureau of Commercial Fisheries.

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This fonds consists of 12 series; meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, welfare funds, videos, regulations and legislation, related organizations, general business records, land referrals, herring (roe), financial, First Nations, and salmon. Each of the series relates to the F.V.O.A.'s work with fishing and water concerns. The same issues defined within each of these series are also documented through the newspaper clippings. The minutes span over 40 years, beginning in 1938, and include general, committee, director's and membership meetings. The fonds also includes copies of legislation and regulations relating to various fishing and water related concerns, such as ports and harbours, maritime codes, vessel construction, shipping, and research. The F.V.O.A.'s ongoing cooperative work with relevant outside groups is documented through numerous drafts, proposals, agreements, reports, and correspondence. The videos are of the Skeena River Steelhead, Salmon, the Sportfish Observer Program and First Nations fishing rights. There is a large amount of land referral material (the application for use of Crown land) including several maps. With reference directly to fish; there is information on herring (roe) related issues, and a significant amount of documents covering Salmon. A vast portion of the Salmon series deals with Canadian-U.S. negotiations regarding poaching, water boundaries, salmon shares, runs and catches. The fonds provides overall insight into the workings of the F.V.O.A.

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