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Aquaculture Coordinating Committee


Aquaculture Coordinating Committee Regional Delegates

FNFC’s Aquaculture Coordinating Committee (ACC) is seeking regional nominations for primary and alternate delegates to the ACC. We aim to have one delegate (and an alternate delegate where possible) from each of FNFC’s 14 geographic regions.

Please see linked below the ACC delegate nomination form, and a backgrounder on the ACC and this nomination process.

We are hoping to complete the nomination and appointment process by Monday, November 9, 2020. Please fill out the attached form and return to Richard Sparrow and Tanya Tran (contact below).

Next ACC Meeting: The ACC is planning a meeting sometime in the second or third week of October. For potential delegates who don’t have time to complete an official nomination process in time for the next meeting, please contact Richard and Tanya to discuss participating as an interim regional delegate until such time that an official nomination can be made.

FNFC prioritizes the development of effective governance mechanisms and forming collaborative relationships among First Nations organizations. We encourage First Nations to work together toward a united voice on fisheries, and encourage First Nations communities and organizations within each region to work together in submitting nominations to the ACC delegate appointment process. In cases where a region cannot reach a consensus to nominate delegates to the ACC, FNFC will assist the region and the nominated candidates in finalizing appointments.

Please contact for questions or to submit nominations:

Richard Sparrow, FNFC Natural Resources Manager


Tanya Tran, FNFC Special Projects Coordinator


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Since the Morton Decision in 2009, the FNFC has engaged First Nations in discussions regarding their role in the management of aquaculture in BC. First Nations have been clear about the limitations of DFO’s Aquaculture Management Advisory Committee (AMAC) process, and have provided direction to the FNFC to focus energy and resources on developing a more clearly defined aquaculture process among BC First Nations at the Tier 1 level. BC First Nations have developed the Tier 1 Aquaculture Coordinating Committee (ACC), which is guided by 10 common principles:

1.   Recognition of Title and Rights
2.   Meaningful engagement, consultation and accommodation
3.   Area-based management
4.   Capacity development
5.   Monitoring and enforcement
6.   Transparency and information sharing
7.   Inclusive science, including ATK/TEK
8.   Corporate responsibility
9.   Balance of economic opportunity and environmental impact
10.  Stock recovery and habitat restoration

These broad principles guide collaboration and cooperation toward common goals, including contributing respective strengths to achieve progress on priority issues identified by First Nations at local and regional levels.

Participation in the ACC is based on the FNFC model of 14 geographic regions, and delegates to the ACC are appointed to participate by their regions. While the FNFC’s core work on aquaculture takes place at the ACC table, the FNFC also communicates broadly with BC First Nations on various issues and activities related to aquaculture, and also coordinates the development of resources and workshops on aquaculture topics of interest to First Nations.

In 2014, the ACC developed the Declaration on First Nations Aquaculture Governance, which was based on community forums and feedback received over several years. The Declaration defines a collective and coherent working relationship among First Nations to advance positions and perspectives of common interest in the provision of policy advice and management of marine finfish, shellfish and freshwater aquaculture.