The Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association (PUHA) is an industry association established to examine fishery issues in the Red Sea Urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) in British Columbia. The primary market for this fishery is Japan, the Association is developing strategies to enhance their market profile and reputation of themselves and the Canadian seafood production industry as a consistent and dependable source of high quality seafood produced in an environmentally sound manner.
PUHA was incorporated in 1994 and is composed of all eligible license-holders, currently numbering 110, in the fishery. Under DFO’s (Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada) cost recovery policies, commercial fishing groups fund and the costs of science and management associated with the fishery under a Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the respective associations and DFO.
The mandate of PUHA is to represent the license-holders in managing and regulating the fishery, including
Overall, the services provided by PUHA to its Members are to represent them with
the federal and provincial agencies involved in the Red Sea Urchin fishery.
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