Cortes Island Shellfish Aquaculture Plan
- Final Plan [pdf - 1.2MB]
The Cortes Island Shellfish Aquaculture Action Plan (CISAAP) is designed to enhance sustainable development of the shellfish aquaculture industry, reinforce environmental values associated with industry operation and reduce conflicts between shellfish aquaculture industry and upland users and other coastal resource users. The process was accomplished through a government-led process that involved collaboration with the local community, tenure holders and interest groups in the area. Federal, Klahoose First Nations and the RDCS governments were also included in plan development.
The plan guides tenuring and management of the shellfish aquaculture industry in the foreshore and nearshore areas and contributes to the Ministry's goal of increasing Crown land tenure decision-making efficiency, and, where possible, identifies sustainable development opportunities for shellfish aquaculture. This planning process is not intended to develop a community plan but may provide information for future community planning process (e.g. current RDCS zoning review).
Background to the Planning Process:
- Terms of Reference [pdf - 459kb]
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