Currently, Greg Taylor operates Fish First Consulting from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Greg began his career in 1980, working in the last independent coastal cannery in BC: Cassiar Packing Company. After the cannery closed Greg finished his undergrad at UBC and began working towards his Masters, eventually earning a Masters of Resource Management (M.R.M.) degree at SFU. During this period Greg worked seasonally on Haida Gwai, buying troll fish and clams.
Greg next joined forces with Ocean Fisheries Ltd and Gitsen Industries, a native owned corporation, to manage the fishing operations of the now closed Cassiar Packing Company. He then moved to Prince Rupert as Manager of Ocean Fisheries Northern Operations. During his 11 years managing Ocean’s northern BC and Alaskan operations, Greg was also Chair of the North Coast Advisory Board, President of the Northern Processors Association, member of the Steering Committee of the Skeena Watershed Committee, and sat on the Pacific Salmon Commission.
Other accomplishments included creating one of the world’s first selective seine fisheries, developing and implementing revival boxes for gillnets and seines, and working with the fleet to introduce selective fishing methods for gillnets. All of which are now mandatory in most BC salmon fisheries. Greg, working with partners from the Gitxsan and Lake Babine First Nations, initiated the, at the time, controversial inland selective fisheries. During this time Greg also worked with industry partners and DFO to rationalize BC’s salmon fishing fleet, leading to a 50% reduction in the size of the commercial fleet.
In 2000, Greg was promoted to Vice-President of Fisheries Management in Vancouver with responsibility for sourcing seafood in BC and Alaska, and managing Ocean’s fishing and fish handling operations. Greg also established close working arrangements with several Alaskan companies. Working in Vancouver, Greg, for several years, served as Chair of the Herring Industry Advisory Board and participated in several multi-stakeholder consultative processes.
Greg left Ocean’s in 2008 to start Fish First Consulting, returning to his first love: working with partners to explore ways to integrate the preservation of ecosystems with social and economic objectives; developing new fishing opportunities with indigenous communities; and bringing his business experience to bear on conservation challenges.
Greg is currently engaged with several partners, including: Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, Pacific Marine Conservation Caucus, Talok Fisheries LP’s Board of Directors, Git’Daa Oot’Sip Ansa Hun Fishing Company, Lake Babine Nation Fisheries Department, and DFO’s Monitoring and Compliance Panel.