Our Story

canadian sablefish association logoThe Canadian Sablefish Association (CSA) was founded in 1987 by the original 48 fishermen granted licences to fish sablefish off the coast of BC in the early days of the fishery.  Formed to represent the interests of licence holders, this grass roots organization pioneered the concept of sustainability long before today’s emerging trends demanding responsible fishing. In one of the first partnerships between industry and Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, fishermen entered into a Joint Project Agreement to commit to and invest in true stewardship of Canada’s sablefish resource. Through innovative scientific research and stock assessment as well as groundbreaking fisheries management approaches, Canada’s sablefish fishery has become a model for fisheries around the world on how to protect fish stocks and ecosystems for generations to come. We are proud to be recognized, together with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, by the world’s top sustainability programs for meeting and exceeding the high standards of ecosystem-based fisheries management.