BSc Biology, University of Victoria
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The gooseneck barnacle (Pollicipes polymerus) fishery on the west coast of Vancouver Island is co-managed and community driven. The gooseneck barnacle or ca̓ʔinwa, is a traditional food source for the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples and this commercial fishery is exclusively First Nations and is co-managed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries Management (TFM), a collective of five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations (Gagne et al. 2016). Currently, this is a small-scale sustainable fishery, but it is limited in quota and fishing area, and this makes it inaccessible to some of the member Nations. The goal of management is to expand this fishery, but important information is lacking on mortality, recruitment, and post-harvest regeneration.