To follow the development of this project, read more of our updates!
- Scallop Oyster Pilot Project Show Excellent Early Growth Rich Offshore Waters (April, 2016)
- Aquaculture Pilot Project Sees Terrific Growth (June, 2016)
Offshore Aquaculture Pilot Project—Scallops and Oysters
In 2015, KEDC launched its first aquaculture pilot project focusing on scallops and oysters offshore in the Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw traditional territory. The project 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 goal of this pilot project is to explore the feasibility of growing Pacific scallops and oysters to market size in a condensed period of time of two summer seasons, relying on rich and pristine waters offshore to supplement and promote optimal growth rates of the species. The first major milestone was stocking the site with scallops and oysters as two of the project’s candidate species for market. In the spring of 2016, the program will stock to full capacity and undertake regular maintenance and monitoring to ensure the product is meeting its full potential.
k’awat’si Shellfish Manger, Erin Latham was born and raised in BC; Erin moved to the North Island in 2013 as a geography graduate student from the University of Victoria. Erin has extended her academic career and research experience towards supporting the goals of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation and k’awat’si Economic Development Corporation. She brings a holistic perspective to understanding First Nation’s business and its synergies with lands and resources management. Erin is a senior manager in KEDC’s growing fisheries and aquaculture businesses.
Cold Storage Facility – Meeting the Needs of Fishers on the North Island
Beginning construction in spring 2015, our new cold storage facility will serve the growing need on the North Island. Built by the k’awat’si Construction Company and located at the Old Mall site on Trustee Road, the facility will have 2.2 million pounds of cold storage capacity, a 12-hour blast freezer and a 2,000 square foot fish processing facility. This capacity will help relieve the 10 million pounds of storage shortfall in the region to serve the growing needs of the local fishing community and the influx of sport fishers during the busy summer months
The Cold Storage Facility has been made possible through the financial support of Coast Opportunity Funds, who has been at the forefront of many costal community success stories, and through financing provided by CIBC.
If you are interested in freezer space, please email Albert Charlie, Shipper and Receiver for KEDC’s cold storage facility, at email@example.com. The space is open to residents and visitors of the North Island.