Canadian government funding First Nations fish farm
April 23, 2019
By Aquaculture North America Staff
WHYCOCOMAGH, N.S. – The Canadian government and the Government of Nova Scotia are funding Nova Scotia’s We’koqma’q First Nation in obtaining its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its fish farm.
The federal government said the BAP certification will help open up new markets, grow operations, and gain efficiencies, ultimately increasing revenues and job opportunities for the First Nation community.
“The We’koqma’q First Nation’s trout farm is a true success story, generating high revenue and providing employment for community members,” said Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso. “BAP certification will enable the Band to maximize jobs and profits while continuing to move towards a fully integrated business model and foundation for sustainable prosperity.”
We’koqma’q First Nation officially took over the fish processing facility in 2015. At the time, it employed eight people. The facility, which now encompasses a hatchery, grow out site and processing plant, employs more than 50 We’koqma’q community members.
“Aquaculture represents the most efficient and sustainable way to grow trout to meet the market demands. We’koqma’q First Nation is proud to involved,” said Chief Roderick Googoo of We’koqma’q First Nation. “We are market driven and want to be the best by demonstrating to our customers that we are using responsible aquaculture practice to provide a quality product. We are proud of our employees and the great work they do every day to contribute to our success.”
The federal and provincial governments are investing a combined total of almost $320,000 to the project.