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Developing an Environmentally Responsible Irritant for the British Columbia Octopus Dive Fisheries

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dc.contributor.editor Johnston, Richard S.
dc.contributor.editor Shriver, Ann L.
dc.creator Wright, Christopher S.
dc.creator Esmonde, Garfield
dc.date 2001
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-30T21:11:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-30T21:11:12Z
dc.date.copyright 2001
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Wright, Christopher and Esmonde, Garfield. Developing an Environmentally Responsible Irritant for the British Columbia Octopus Dive Fisheries In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/30407
dc.description.abstract Bleach has been used for decades as an irritant in the British Columbia (BC) commercial octopus dive-fishery. Recently the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) declared that using noxious substances in any fishery is considered unlawful, under international law. Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has asked BC octopus fishers to alter their fishing practises to bring them into accord with the FAO declaration and what will be Canadian Law. This paper considers the relative merits of prohibiting bleach in all fisheries and then discusses the current efforts in Northern BC to resolve this concern – including the results of informal dive tests that used a variety of alternative irritants in fall/99. The recommendations in this paper are based on a common sense trade-off between the cost-effectiveness, the safety-in-use, and the environmental friendliness of various irritant solutions. It is the considered opinion of the authors that, when political considerations are ignored, dry-bleach in solution is the best irritant for the BC octopus fishery at this time – suggestions were also made for further testing of other irritants. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service MG Kailis Group en_US
dc.publisher International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade en_US
dc.subject Fisheries Economics en_US
dc.subject Aquaculture, Fisheries and Externalities en_US
dc.subject Aquaculture en_US
dc.subject Fishing irritant en_US
dc.subject Gear use en_US
dc.subject Environmental concerns en_US
dc.title Developing an Environmentally Responsible Irritant for the British Columbia Octopus Dive Fisheries en_US
dc.type Research Paper en_US


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