The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI) was designed for the 34 Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations (MMFNs) that have been affected by the Marshall decision with the means to develop commercial fisheries enterprise governance and business management skills, build capacity in commercial fisheries operations, and have a more effective voice in fisheries co-management. The 34 MMFNs are located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and the Gaspe region.
The major goal of AICFI is to support First Nations in the management of their own capacity building in commercial fisheries and the mentoring and training required to achieve this. The program was divided into 4 components. Each component concentrates on one goal, while complimenting another. The components are as follows:
- Component 1: Enterprise Governance Enhancement
- Component 2: Management Enhancement
- Component 3: Fisheries Co-Management Capacity Building
- Component 4: Commercial Fisheries Diversification
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