The Pacific Halibut Management Association of BC (PHMA) is a non-profit industry association representing the majority of commercial halibut licence holders in British Columbia, Canada. Incorporated as a provincially registered society in 1997, we work collaboratively with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) on the sustainable management of the fishery.
BC commercial halibut fishermen formed the association to give us the ability to work collectively on issues affecting the fishery. Ensuring the fishery is sustainable and well-managed is of the utmost importance to us. We are proud to provide a secure, high-quality and healthy source of food for Canadians and others around the world.
Today the wild Pacific halibut fishery is comprised mainly of small, family-owned businesses. Many members of the fishery are fourth and even fifth generation fishermen. First Nations are also a significant and growing part of the fishery, accounting for about 26% of commercial halibut fishing licences.
The PHMA is committed to:
Ensuring the sustainable management of BC’s wild Pacific halibut fishery
Providing nutritious, safe and secure food to Canada and other countries around the world
Advocating for commercial halibut fishermen
Maintaining a viable industry to protect jobs
Informing consumers about wild Pacific halibut and the fishery