The Aboriginal Aquaculture Association is a sectoral organization designed to assist, support and facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations in sustainable aquaculture development.

It serves as a resource body providing guidance and advice with respect to sustainable aquaculture development, regulation and management of aquaculture.

It believes that aquaculture development has the potential to play a major role in the diversification and strengthening of the local and regional economies of First Nations.

Recent News

February 2016 Newsletter

Friday, 2016-02-05

The AAA is pleased to release our February 2016 newsletter. Please see the the link for full newsletter.

February 2016 Newsletter

ACRDP Call for Proposals 2016/2017

Tuesday, 2015-12-22

The Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program (ACRDP) is issuing a call for proposals for the 2016-17 fiscal year with a submission deadline of February 1st, 2016.

Please note that this will be the only call for 2016-17.

Details of this call are available on the DFO website: 

ACRDP Call for Proposals 2016/2017

Community Opportunity Readiness Program

Wednesday, 2015-12-02

The Community Opportunity Readiness Program addresses the financial needs of Aboriginal communities when they are in pursuit of, and wish to participate in, an economic opportunity.  The program is a consolidation of the former economic opportunities program, the major projects investment fund, and the community-based components of the Aboriginal business development program.

A Statement of Intent for this program has been mailed to Aboriginal communities in BC.

For details and eligibility requirements, follow the link below.

Application deadline is January 15, 2016.

Community Opportunity Readiness Program

Employment Opportunity: Farm Manager, Coastal Shellfish Corporation

Friday, 2015-11-27

Coastal Shellfish is a First Nations owned Company operating on the North Coast of British Columbia. Coastal Shellfish is currently looking for a Farm Manager.  Please follow the link below for full job posting.

Coastal Shellfish - Farm Manager

Economic Opportunities For Aboriginal Aquaculture In Canada

Thursday, 2015-11-12

The DFO commissioned report Economic Opportunities for Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada, updates an earlier version commissioned by the AAA.  The report notes that there is a great deal of potential for aquaculture growth inBC over the next 5-10 years, with First Nations share of the growth is estimated to reach 40%. 

Economic Opportunities for Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada -pdf

September Newsletter

Friday, 2015-09-25

The AAA is pleased to release our September 2015 newsletter. Please see the the link for full newsletter.

September 2015 Newsletter

We've moved!

Effective immediately, the AAA has a new office location. While our mailing address remains the same, our offices are now located at the new We Wai Kum First Nation office building.

Our new physical address is 1650 Old Spit Road, Campbell River, BC.

AAA Multi-Year Licence Workshop

Wed, 2015-04-29

On March 31, 2015, the AAA hosted an an information meeting with First Nations who are either engaged in or interested in the pursuit of aquaculture in their respective territories. 


DFO Pacific Aquaculture Regulations 
Proposed Multi-Year Licensing

Fri, 2015-03-06

In January 2015, DFO provided information regarding their consideration of multi-year licences for aquaculture in British Columbia. Read the letter in its entirety below.

DFO Multi-Year Licence Letter - January 2015

AANDC Tutorial Video

Fri, 2015-01-09

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) have created a step-by-step tutorial video on how to register your business in the Aboriginal Business Directory.

Video link

Potential Funding Sources for Aboriginal Aquaculture Development

The AAA has compiled a list of potential funding sources that Aboriginal communities and entrepreneurs can utilize to identify and apply for funding. The list was last updated on September 17, 2014.


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Our Team

The Aboriginal Aquaculture Association team members are:

Richard Harry
President/Executive Director

Ms. Marguerite Parker
Director of Development

David Stirling
Aquaculture Business Technical Expert

Jennifer Woodland
Aquaculture Business Technical Expert