Implementation of the Economic Capacity Building Element of the Mitigation Program under Chapter 3 (Chinook) of the Pacific Salmon Treaty
As part of the implementation of the Economic Capacity Building Element of the Mitigation Program under Chapter 3 (Chinook) of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, West Coast Aquatic Management Association undertook a regional economic development assessment and planning project from 2012-2015.
The Economic Capacity Building Element of the Mitigation Program under Chapter 3 (Chinook) of the Pacific Salmon Treaty includes the provision of economic capacity building services to West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) communities.
Pursuant to the Mitigation Program, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) contracted the Westcoast Aquatic Management Association (WAMA) to provide economic capacity building services. Five activities are included in the contract.
Activity 1 (2013-14): Establish process for communities to avail themselves of services
Activity 2 (2013-14): Program Outcomes, Monitoring, and Adaptive Management
Activity 3 (2014): Economic Development Assessment and Planning
Activity 4 (2014-15): Implementation
Activity 5 (2014-15): Monitoring, Reporting, and Adaptive Management
Eight West Coast of Vancouver Island communities participated, including:
• Quatsino and Winter Harbour via Mount Waddington Regional District
• Port Alberni
West Coast Aquatic seeks to produce innovative solutions to coastal concerns, and strengthen the understanding and relationships between parties that share a common interest in the health and wealth of aquatic resources, businesses, and communities. West Coast Aquatic is comprised of: a collaborative governance board that brings together governments, key sectors and communities to develop consensus-based outcomes for marine resources on the West Coast of Vancouver Island; a management association that provides technical and administrative support to the activities of the governance board; and a charitable organization that administers stewardship activities.