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BC Young Fishermen’s Network Annual Gathering & Expo 2024

January 30| 12:00 pm - January 31| 7:00 pm EST

Build connections across fisheries, develop your business, policy, and leadership skills, or simply find out where to start in the industry.

Gear up for an unforgettable experience at the BC Young Fishermen’s Network Gathering & Expo 2024. Geared toward active fishers currently building their business.

There is something for everyone whether you’re just starting out or you’d been at it for years!

Join us from January 30-31 for an immersive dive into the world of commercial fishing on the beautiful BC coast, packed with insightful workshops, engaging discussions, and invaluable networking opportunities. 🚀

🌟 What can you expect? 🌟

-NEW expo space featuring 20 booths from industry leading gear suppliers, training and education, associations, and a host of interactive activities with prizes, giveaways, and skill testing contests

-Hands-On Marine Safety Training Workshops led by the industry experts at Fish Safe

-Get to know what’s on the go in other coastal fisheries and areas at our Fisheries Updates Series

-Q&A panels diving into some of the hot topics on everyone’s minds

-Get the tips and skills to plan for a sustainable financial future with the MNP Accounting team’s money management session

-Fishermen’s Storytelling Sociable Night – A chance to share your favourite fishing stories with a captive audience over brews and bites!


Organized by the BC Young Fishermen’s Network, this gathering is not just an event; it’s a celebration of coastal heritage and the future of our fishing communities. 🎉

🔗 Secure your spot now and cast your net towards success in the fishing industry. Let’s make waves together! 🌊

You need a ticket to attend! Please purchase your ticket through Eventbrite. A Facebook RSVP does not save you a spot!

Tickets – $80/person

Includes access to all workshops, presentations and expo, and our Fishermen’s Storytelling Social Night on Tues, Jan 30th.

PSST! Need a little Travel help?

We understand that times are tight, and we want to make attending this event as accessible as possible! We have a limited number of reimbursement bursaries available to help young seafood harvesters out with travel and accomodations. Please email trish@bucksuzuki.org for more info on how we can help you get to the Gathering!

T hanks to our 2024 sponsors:

BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters Association, Hub City Fisheries, Bank of Montreal, MNP Accounting, Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, BC Northern Trollers Association, United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union, Underwater Harvesters Association, Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association, Safer Ocean Systems, WorkSafe BC, Commercial Fishing Caucus, and the T Buck Suzuki Foundation.

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Check out our website for info on past young fishermen’s gatherings, and find us on social media:


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Vancouver Island University, Trades Discovery Building
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5
Nanaimo, V9R 5S5 CA
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