MMAFMA

Mission

MMAFMA’s mission is to promote the sustainable management and conservation of aquatic and ocean ecosystems in the territories and areas of activity of the Mi’gmaqs of Gesgapegiag, the Mi’gmaqs of Gespeg Mi’gmaqs, as well as the Maliseets of Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk, formerly known as the Maliseets of Viger First Nation, while promoting their interests, participation in co-management processes, and diversification of their fisheries and aquaculture.

Vision

MMAFMA aims to become a key partner in the collaborative management of aquatic and oceanic resources,
guided by conservation principles to ensure the sustainability and integrity of ecosystems for future generations.

In addition, MMAFMA is determined to become a center of information exchange and cooperation of its members; and aims to
promote the development, autonomy and innovation of Mi’gmaq and Maliseet fisheries, while privileging the integration of Aboriginal traditional knowledge to the scientific approach.

Projects

Annual Mi’gmaq and Maliseet Fisheries Forum
Commercial fisheries liaison service
Documentation of Mi'gmaq and Maliseet knowledge of the species at risk of the marine St. Lawrence
Documentation of Mi’gmaq knowledge and preparation of awareness material on the American Bank proposed marine protected area
Atlas of Mi'gmaq and Maliseet usages and sites of the marine St. Lawrence
Characterization of the presence and habitat of striped bass along the southern Gaspe coastline
Coastal habitat restoration
Post-season inventory of sea cucumber fishery
Experimental lobster and whelk fishery
Protocol for evaluating the sea cucumber diving fishery
SALAWEG: Pilot project for aquaculture and processing of marine kelp
Training and safety at sea: NIGNAG the training vessel project
Liaison service with the Canadian Coast Guard

Team

Catherine Lambert Koizumi, Ph.D
Executive Director
10, boul. Perron
Gesgapegiag QC
G0C 1Y1
Office phone: 418-759-1552

From left: Lisa May Arsenault, Stephanie Gedeon Harrison, Sandra Autef (left), Emmanuel Sandt-Duguay, Catherine Lambert Koizumi, Adam Jerome, and Marie-Hélène Rondeau. Absent: Tanya Condo, Yan Tapp, Peter Hackett, Stede Hinson, Joey Jerome, Andrée-Sylvie Carbonneau.

Communities

(members)

Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk
Micmacs of Gesgapegiag
Nation Micmac de Gespeg

Key activities include:

∙ Collaborative management ∙ oceanic and aquatic ecosystems conservation ∙ awareness and education ∙ Mi’gmaq and Maliseet ecological knowledge documentation ∙ maritime safety and training ∙ fisheries and aquaculture diversification ∙ research and development

INTERNAL CAPACITY

Executive director ∙ administrative assistant ∙ commercial fisheries liaison coordinator ∙ support coordinator ∙ fisheries biologist ∙ conservation biologist ∙geographer ∙ marine safety liaison officer ∙ training vessel coordinator responsible of SALAWEG production ∙ captain ∙ field technicians∙

PARTNERSHIPS

Première Nation Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk (previously Première Nation Malécite de Viger) ∙ Nation Micmac de Gespeg ∙ Micmacs of Gesgapegiag ∙ Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat ∙ Assemblée des Premières Nations ∙ Institut de développement durable des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador ∙ Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat ∙ Department of Fisheries and Oceans ∙ Service Canada ∙ Indigenous Services Canada ∙ Canadian Coast Guard ∙ Ministère de l’agriculture, des pêcheries et de l’alimentation du Québec ∙ Ocean research in Canada Alliance ∙ Réseau Québec maritime ∙ Merinov ∙ École des pêches et de l’aquaculture du Québec ∙ Comité ZIP ∙ Université du Québec à Rimouski ∙ Université Laval ∙ Institut des Sciences de la Mer

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