NIC, Central Coast First Nations partner on pilot geoduck aquaculture project

North Island College and Central Coast First Nations have partnered on a pilot Pacific geoduck aquaculture project. The project will focus on increasing geoduck aquaculture on BC’s coast with a goal of supporting the Central Coast First Nations in developing economic opportunities. The research and training will benefit the communities and provide NIC students with unique learning opportunities. The project will monitor each site’s characteristics and conditions in the first year and the growth and survival of geoducks in the second and third years. “We complement all partners in supporting the aspirations of the Central Coast First Nations to develop this important opportunity in a way that will engage the experience of their stewardship offices, employ traditional ecological knowledge,” said President of the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance Rich Chapple.