Aquaculture, and shellfish aquaculture in particular, has the potential to provide economic, social and cultural benefits for BC’s coastal First Nations. In recent years, a steady stream of new shellfish aquaculture operations have been established on the BC coast, many owned and operated by First Nations groups. Some of these ventures have been successful, and some have encountered significant setbacks. With this in mind, what do First Nations and First Nations organizations with aspirations of aquaculture need to know before jumping into the business?
A Guide to the Intertidal Clam Aquaculture Business in British Columbia aims to provide First Nations and coastal communities with a straightforward overview of what it takes to get started in the clam aquaculture industry.
The report is the second in a series made possible through an ongoing partnership with the Nanwakolas Council, a regional body comprised of eight member First Nations whose traditional territories are located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent south central coastal areas of BC. The first report in the series provides an overview of the BC scallop industry in The Scallop Aquaculture Strategic Roadmap.