First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries



First Nations Aquaculture in BC: Cultivating Change to Preserve Tradition

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Indigenous peoples have long known how to make changes to the land or sea to cultivate a bountiful and stable harvest for their communities. From coastal peoples building the ancient clam gardens lining the coast, to interior peoples sending wedding gifts of salmon eggs to populate new streams, this is aquaculture, and it is integrated into the land and the cycles of the ecosystem.

This brochure includes three case studies of First Nations sustainable aquaculture projects: the K’ómoks First Nation’s shellfish farm, the Na̱mǥis and their closed-containment land-based salmon farm, and the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s freshwater Sockeye salmon hatchery. Each story tells of successes as well as struggles that the community experienced in engaging with aquaculture.