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Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

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The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI) provides funding and support to Mi`kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy Indigenous communities in the Atlantic. This initiative aims to maximize the potential of their communal commercial fishing enterprises and to strengthen community economic self-sufficiency.

AICFI uses a step wise approach to develop fishery governance and business management skills. It also helps build capacity in commercial fisheries and aquaculture operations. In addition, it supports the pursuit of targeted fisheries-specific training that meets the needs of participating communities.


The objectives of AICFI include:

  • Build knowledge and skills required to manage fisheries enterprises;
  • Increase access to training to fish safely and effectively operate their vessels; and
  • Build the capacity needed to meet future commercial fisheries operations, administration and training requirements independently; and
  • Enhance economic returns from fisheries and aquaculture for the local and broader benefit of communities.


The AICFI program is divided in four components:

Contact us

For more information on this program contact:

Program Authority
Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Directorate (IARD)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
300 Laurier Ave West
Ottawa ON  K1A 0R5


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