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