by Ken Paul, Director of Fisheries, APC
The larger than expected crowd of Elders, Chiefs, Councillors, Fishery Coordinators, FN organizations, and other support staff that came together for the 13th Annual First Nations Fisheries Conference hosted by the Atlantic Policy Congress. The Conference provides the opportunity for First Nations Fishery Coordinators to meet, exchange information and build relationships while discussing ways to grow and strengthen First Nations Fishery enterprises.
A strong spirit of confidence and optimism dominated the conference this year as presenters and participants alike highlighted the sustainability and economic importance of the Communal Commercial Fisheries and the related businesses that generate over $75 million in landed value and supports 1800 jobs in Atlantic First Nations. The contribution that fisheries make to individual communities was also on display at the accompanying Fisheries Awards ceremony, where 12 individual fishers, managers and support staff were recognized for their contributions to the industry and to their communities. For most communities, the fisheries is the greatest source of own-source revenue.
This year the APC relied on the expertise of First Nations Fishery Coordinators in the region to set the agenda by asking its members what they wanted to talk about at the conference. The result was a high level of interest and engagement from participants and a diverse agenda that offered something for everyone. Presenters covered a range of t ...
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