Aboriginal Aquaculture In Canada Initiative:
Access To Capital For Aboriginal Aquaculture Development - Gap Analysis
Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative:
National Socio-Economic Analysis Report
For Waubetek Business Development Corporation
By Gardner Pinfold
CCFAM Aquaculture Strategy
The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) released the Aquaculture Development Strategy 2016-2019 this summer. The CCFAM recognizes the value and economic contribution of the aquaculture industry particularly to Canadian rural and coastal communities and Indigenous nations and Canada's potential for increased aquaculture production that also ensures sustainable aquatic ecosystems for the future.
To support continued growth in aquaculture production that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, federal, provincial and Yukon governments established the CCFAM Aquaculture Development Strategy to set out a collaborative three-year plan designed to achieve strategic outcomes.
Follow the link to strategy.
Standing Senate Committee Report
The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans tabled its three-volume report on aquaculture. In its report, the Committee outlines 10 recommendations covering five main themes: legislative and regulatory framework; healthy aquacultured fish; healthy and productive ecosystems; research and development; and, social license and public reporting.
During the study, the Committee sat for 66 hours, held 34 public hearings, heard the views of 138 witnesses, and received hundreds of written submissions and other documentation. Senators also visited 23 Canadian regions in six provinces.
Reports are available here.
Economic Opportunities for Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada
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 in BC over the next 5-10 years, with First Nations share of the growth is estimated to reach 40%.
AANDC Tutorial Video
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.
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 March 2018.