Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management program overview and objectives

Overview

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) program supports Indigenous groups as they develop, grow and maintain aquatic resource and oceans management departments that can provide fisheries, habitat, science, and oceans related services along a watershed and/or support participation in advisory and co-management processes and decision-making tied to aquatic resources and oceans management. The current AAROM network includes 35 AAROM departments: 18 in British Columbia, 11 in Atlantic Canada/southern Quebec, 5 in northern parts of Canada (Northwest Territories and northern Quebec) and 1 national organization.

AAROM was launched in 2004 in response to a 2002 review of the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS). Through dialogue with Indigenous groups, it was found that some Indigenous groups were creatively pooling funding from the AFS program with their own resources (and, in some cases, other funding sources) to collaborate in habitat, science, and oceans activities along an ecosystem or watershed.

AAROM sought to directly support such collaboration and increase scientific, technical and advisory capacity within Indigenous aggregate organizations to help facilitate the move towards greater co-management of aquatic resources and the ocean environment. AAROM is unique among Government of Canada Indigenous programs in that it provides core and relatively secure funding for non-treaty based science and technical activities.

Other issues identified in the AFS review that influenced the design of AAROM include:

Objectives

The main objectives of the AAROM program are to: