KEDC launched its first aquaculture pilot project, focusing on scallops and oysters in the traditional Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations Territories, in 2015. The aquaculture farm provides both a sustainable economic development opportunity for the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations and a potential means of livelihood for community members wishing to live semi-independently in our traditional homelands.
The Aquaculture farm is currently growing Pacific oysters, relying on the nutrient rich and pristine offshore waters of the Ugʷiwa’/Cape Caution Conservancy to supplement and promote optimal growth rates of the species.
Our Cold Storage Facility serves the growing needs of commercial fisheries on the North Island. Built by our own k’awat’si Construction Company and located at the North Island Mall on Trustee Road, the facility boasts:
This KEDC initiative helps relieve the 10 million pounds of storage shortfall in the region while serving the growing needs of the local fishing community, and the influx of sport fishers during the busy summer months.