Government of Canada invests $11.8 million in Indigenous fisheries - Opportunities in BC

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Through the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI), the Government of Canada is investing $11.8 million to support First Nations commercial fisheries enterprises for the benefit of Indigenous communities across British Columbia. These PICFI investments support new business and training opportunities and increased fisheries access for 31 Indigenous commercial fisheries companies representing 117 First Nations. PICFI is co-developed, co-designed and co-delivered in collaboration with Indigenous partners.

For more information about PICFI, visit: Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

The following are among 52 initiatives to receive PICFI funding:

Initiatives to receive PICFI funding
Project Title Recipient Project Description Funding
Geoduck licences and quota A-Tlegay Fisheries LP A-Tlegay contributed funds along with PICFI support to obtain two geoduck licences and 11 northern blocks of geoduck quota, allowing them to expand their commercial fishery participation in their traditional territory and diversify species licences so fishers can work more seasons and increase earnings. $100,000
Fish plant equipment Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood contributed funds along with PICFI support to purchase a multivac thermoformer packaging machine for their St. Jean's Cannery. This will support development of processing, sales and marketing capacity. $88,000
Sablefish quota Salish Seas Fisheries LP Acquisition of groundfish commercial fishing quota to support local employment and increase economic benefits. $120,000
Aquaculture equipment T’Sou-ke First Nation Support for the acquisition and installation of FlipFarm equipment to redevelop T'Sou-ke oyster aquaculture operations. This machine hardens the oysters for market sale to help produce premium oyster products for domestic and international markets. $390,748
Expansion of kelp aquaculture operations Klahoose Shellfish LP Klahoose Shellfish LP will use PICFI funds to develop kelp aquaculture operations, helping the Nation to expand geoduck aquaculture operations, construct an aquaculture work centre, and increase local employment. $102,500
Expansion of shellfish aquaculture operations Pentlatch Seafood LP Pentlatch Seafoods LP (K’omoks First Nation) used funds to expand and increase efficiency of shellfish aquaculture operations through the purchase of two million oyster seeds and one million clam seeds. $298,807
Capacity building Ahousaht Members Oceans Corp. Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Herring licences A-Tlegay Fisheries LP Funds will go toward obtaining commercial herring seine licences to support expanded harvest opportunities and allow the company to compete more effectively in its business segment. A-Tlegay will contribute their own funding towards the project. $325,000
Capacity building A-Tlegay Fisheries LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota Central Coast Fisheries LP (CCCFLP) Funds to obtain commercial halibut quota, supporting harvest-related expansion opportunities and supporting market competitiveness. CCCFLP will contribute additional funding towards the project. $325,000
Capacity building Central Coast Fisheries LP (CCCFLP) Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota and infrastructure Quw'utsun Kw'atl'kw Enterprises Ltd. Support for acquisition of commercial access (halibut licences and/or quota), new prawn traps, repairs to three company-owned vessels and company website creation. $325,000
Capacity building Quw'utsun Kw'atl'kw Enterprises Ltd. Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Geoduck quota Gwabalis Fisheries LP (GFLP) Funding to obtain geoduck quota. GFLP will contribute additional funding towards total project cost, which will extend the season for harvesters. $325,000
Capacity building Gwabalis Fisheries LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Commercial fishing and fishing tourism infrastructure Harrison Salmon Producers LP Purchased fish totes and constructed a covered landing and off-loading building at Sts’ailes Beach for commercial fisheries and fisheries related tourism diversification. $325,000
Capacity building Harrison Salmon Producers LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota Haida Wild LP Funding to obtain halibut quota. Haida Wild Limited Partnership will contribute additional funds towards total project costs, which will extend the fishing season for crews including community members. $325,000
Capacity building Haida Wild LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Capacity building HAYU Fishing LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota HAYU Fishing LP HAYU will contribute funds along with PICFI support to purchase halibut quota to provide greater community fishing access. $325,000
Aquaculture equipment Huu-ay-aht Fisheries LP Funds will support acquisition of a telehandler, insulated totes, trailer and ice machine to support the offloading and transporting of product from the company's oyster farm. $157,598
Aquaculture Equipment Gwa'sala 'Nakwaxda'xw Nations Funds support the acquisition and installation of additional rafts for oyster cultivation, purchase of floating bags and plastic floats, refurbishment of decommissioned rafts, and retrofit of a cold storage facility to process shellfish. $203,089
Halibut quota Kwakiutl Nation Development Corp. Funds will go toward obtaining commercial halibut quota, supporting harvest-related expansion opportunities and increasing company market competitiveness. $325,000
Capacity building Kwakiutl Nation Development Corp. Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Capacity building Lax Kw'alaams Fishing Enterprises Ltd. Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Capacity building Mama'omas LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Fisheries Group The company will contribute funds along with PICFI to acquire halibut quota with the aim of increasing future annual revenues by supporting community members in halibut fisheries opportunities. $325,000
Capacity building Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Fisheries Group Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut and sablefish quota North Coast Skeena LP Funding will support harvest related expansion opportunities in halibut and sablefish and extend the fishing season for crews including community members. $325,000
Capacity building North Coast Skeena LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Groundfish licences and quota and equipment Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP A three-year agreement to support acquisition of groundfish licences and quota in support of increasing revenue generation for community harvesters. $1,275,224
Capacity building Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Capacity building Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprises Ltd. Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Upgrades to fisheries production operations Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprises Ltd. Funding for acquisition of hydro-acoustic equipment for fisheries surveys and Nk’mip landing site upgrades to accommodate commercial fishing vessels. $325,000
Capacity building Salish Seas Fisheries LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota Salish Seas Fisheries LP Funding to acquire halibut quota to extend the fishing season for harvesters including community members. $325,000
Capacity building Salish Strait Seafoods Ltd. Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Sablefish quota Salish Strait Seafoods Ltd. Funds to obtain commercial sablefish quota. Salish Strait Seafoods will contribute funding towards total project costs extend the fishing season for community member harvesters. $325,000
Groundfish access SalPac Fisheries GP Limited SalPac Fisheries will contribute own source funds with PICFI support to obtain groundfish access with the goal of corporate growth and community fisheries development. $325,000
Capacity building Salpac Fisheries GP Ltd. Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Capacity building Sechelt Fishing LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota Sechelt Fishing LP Funds to obtain commercial halibut quota to support harvest- related expansion opportunities to compete more effectively in Sechelt’s business segment. $325,000
Capacity building Tla-o-qui-aht Seafoods LP Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Halibut quota Tla-o-qui-aht Seafoods LP Tla-o-qui-aht Seafoods will contribute funds along with PICFI to obtain commercial halibut quota, allowing it to extend the fishing season and increase financial fishing viability for members. $325,000
Halibut quota Tseshaht-Hupacasath Fishing Partnership Tseshaht-Hupacasath Fishing Partnership will contribute funds along with PICFI support to obtain a commercial halibut licence and quota along with upgrades to their harvesting vessel, supporting an increase in profitability of operations and earnings for captain and crew. $325,000
Capacity building Tseshaht-Hupacasath Fishing Partnership Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Capacity building Upper Fraser Indigenous Sustainable Harvesters Association (UFISH) Funding support for operational expenses. $130,000
Capacity building Gitksan-Wet’suwet’en-Gitanyow Commercial Fishing Enterprise Initial funding to support business planning and operational expenses for new PICFI entrant. $170,000
Capacity building Klahoose First Nation, Homalco First Nation Initial funding to support business planning and operational expenses for new PICFI entrant. $170,000
Capacity building Katzie, First Nation, Kwantlen First Nation, Semiahmoo First Nation Initial funding to support business planning and operational expenses for new PICFI entrant. $170,000
Capacity building Lower Fraser Enterprise LP Initial funding to support business planning and operational expenses for new PICFI entrant. $170,000
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