Geoducks and Sea Cucumbers

Why we know both intertidal and subtidal geoduck cultivation is coming:

Map of DFO Geoduck Management Areas - Denman-Hornby

Slash lines ////// = potential geoduck cultivation areas.

Map of DFO Geoduck Management Areas - Gulf Islands

  • As stated in the 2013 Pacific Region Integrated Fisheries Management Plan – Geoduck and Horse Clam, pg. 6, 1.4.3 Aquaculture; “The Department is also currently working with the Province of BC in planning and implementing a phased expansion of geoduck aquaculture opportunities within the Strait of Georgia consistent with the mandates of both governments. To date, as a result of the phased expansion, six (6) more deep water tenures for the purpose of Geoduck aquaculture within the Strait of Georgia have been issued. Currently approx. 40 existing intertidal aquaculture tenures have geoduck on their licences. The extent of these tenures actually engaged in Geoduck aquaculture is unknown at this time.”
  • DFO has identified red, yellow and green zones for geoduck expansion and “intertidal coastal areas (no wild geoduck fisheries occur in these areas)” were identified as one of the “2 other categories of coastal waters where geoduck aquaculture could occur.” Taken from, Towards an Integrated Geoduck Management Framework, June 2013  document circulated to participants at the DFO Shellfish Advisory Committee meeting in Courtenay on June 24/13.
  • In July, 2015 an inter-tidal area for geoduck cultivation was installed on the west side of Denman Is.
  • In the latest fall edition of Tidelines, the BC Shellfish Growers Association newsletter, most of the issue is devoted to the industry’s pursuits to develop opportunities to cultivate geoduck. BCSGA Executive Director, Roberta Stevenson, writes in her The View From My Desk column, “We have interested investors from China coming to our office on a regular basis who want to partner with existing farmers and First Nation communities; and it is confusing to them to learn that we are unable to grow the species they desire most- the geoduck and sea cucumber, due to lack of DFO policy.”
  • As already stated, Salish Sea Farms Ltd has 3 new applications in DI Trust jurisdiction, all in areas zoned W1 Conservation Waters. One is in Henry Bay and they have stated it’s purpose is to serve as a geoduck nursery. The other 2, which would take up approx. half of the east side of DI are for subtidal geoduck and sea cucumber cultivation.
  • Richard Hardy (Pentlatch SeafoodsLtd/Salish Sea Farms Ltd) recently made a presentation http://vimeo.com/72865866 (at the 11:08 mark) and received support from the Comox City Council for his new tenures for geoduck culture. Although 3 of the tenure applications are within the Denman Island Trust jurisdiction, there was no mention of Denman Island. Manager Hardy also announced that he has partnered with Manatee Holdings who are the main producers of geoduck seed.

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Geoduck Installation With Auger On West Denman, June 13/14

Geoduck Installation

AERIAL PHOTO OF THE GEODUCK INSTALLATION ON WEST DENMAN, JUST NORTH OF HINTON ROAD, JUNE/14. NOTE: THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE INSTALLATION WAS COMPLETE. note: photo is missing

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For more information on the impacts of geoduck aquaculture go to: Sierra Club Washington – Industrial Shellfish Aquaculture Feedlots presentation