by Marc Laframboise, MMNN Contributor

Getting Kelp Seedlings Ready.

The picturesque Baie des Chaleurs along the south shore of Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula is home to a new commercial enterprise. It is the new, unique and potentially lucrative kelp aquaculture business being managed by the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Aboriginal Fisheries Management Association (MMAFMA). The MMAFMA is a non-profit organization serving three Indigenous communities located in the Gaspé Peninsula region: the Mi’kmaq of Gesgapegiag, the Mi’kmaq of Gespeg and the Maliseet of Viger.

The MMAFMA was created in 2012 within the framework of the Aboriginal Aquatic Resources Oceans Management (AAROM) program, which aims to facilitate the participation of Indigenous communities in the consultation and decision-making processes affecting the management of aquatic resources. The MMAFMA’s main objective is to promote the sustainable management and conservation of these aquatic resources. To that end, it is involved, among others, in education and awareness campaigns, experimenta ...

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