Aquaculture is gaining attention as an alternative method of protein production in a time of increased population pressure and compromised seafood stocks. Land-based aquaculture (LBA), cultivating seafood in tanks on land, holds potential for economic and community wellbeing development for First Nations. This study identifies regulatory gaps and barriers facing shellfish LBA development in British Columbia and investigates the sustainable community development effects of shellfish LBA on Nanwakolas Member Nations, on northern Vancouver Island, through two sustainable development frameworks: the Community Capital Tool and the Community Wellbeing Wheel. The report assesses how remediation of regulatory challenges could cultivate sustainable development opportunities through LBA. The study found that integrating policy changes to reduce the time required to obtain a license, creation of LBA advisory committees, and partnerships with educational LBA institutions can aid in cultivating a sustainable source of seafood, economic opportunities, resource management governance and preservation of traditional foods for Nanwakolas Nations.
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