Story of Origin
This hake is fished by people in coastal communities of northwestern North America that have long depended on the sea as a source of food and livelihoods. As small scale operations were replaced by industrial fishing vessels, the people in small towns, like Port Hardy, Canada, learned to change their ways. Now, the ships are larger and the nets more efficient, but the hake are managed for everyone's benefit.
The west coast of Canada is home to the hake fishing fleet. Many fishers live in small communities where the income from fishing is an important part of their livelihoods.
The groundfish fisheries in British Columbia and Alaska are co-managed between the USA and Canada. Annual surveys determine the amount of fish that can be caught sustainably.
By properly managing the hake and other important resources in the Pacific Ocean, the environment is able to support animals like Steller's and California sea lions.
Good to know
The North Pacific Hake fishery is a cooperation success story between Canada and the USA. Since the fish don't follow international borders, scientists from both countries join forces to study how healthy the stocks are and how many fish can be caught. Fishers, local tribes, and industry leaders are also invited to discuss their needs. This means that one of the most economically important fisheries in North America is also one of the most well-managed.