Dive Fisheries, Commercial

DIVE FISHERIES, COMMERCIAL, in BC employ more than 250 divers annually and had a commercially landed value estimated at $45–50 million in 1999. Limited commercially to invertebrates, divers harvest GEODUCK clams, horse CLAMS, red and green SEA URCHINS, SEA CUCUMBERS, pink and spiny SCALLOPS and OCTOPUS. Commercial use of diving gear to spear fish was prohibited in 1978. Divers are also employed in the AQUACULTURE industry, inspecting and maintaining pens and sites. Some divers use scuba gear,...

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