Central Coast Commercial Fisheries Association (CCCFA)

Building on the collaborative success realized through the marine planning process, the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, and Wuikinuxv Nations created a successful commercial initiative that shares benefits and enhances the individual purchasing power of each Nation.

CCCFA leaders strive to build a Company with a healthy triple bottom line that supports the individual seafood initiatives of its members, while seeking synergies through pooling of efforts, cooperation, and investment in long-term success.

The primary purpose of the commercial fishing access acquired through the CCCFA is to further the well-being of individuals within the communities. With this in mind the CCCFA will work to:

  • Maximize licences and quota
  • Provide opportunities for community fishermen
  • Foster greater participation in Central Coast commercial fisheries management
  • Support FSC harvest of a variety of species by ensuring there are trained harvesters in each community
  • Maximize investment, marketing, processing and administrative synergies

Since 2008, CCIRA has played a supporting role for the development and implementation of the CCCFA’s business and training plans. CCIRA is responsible for:

  • Coordinating commercial vessel training for all Central Coast First Nations to increase the number of members that participate in the commercial fishery
  • Managing the acquisition of commercial fishing licences acquired by the Nations and assisting communities in the utilizing those licenses
  • Reporting and administrative requirements for commercial licences
  • Developing strategies above and beyond PICFI that look at accessing high value species including Geoduck and sea cucumber