West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Centre

West Coast Aquatic Management Association

Sources of Funding
ICET:$140,000
Applicant Equity:$190,000
Pacific Salmon Foundation:$10,000
Community Forest:$15,000
In Kind Contribution:$15,120
Total Budget: $370,120
Quick Facts: 

The centre welcomed over 10,000 visitors in the first summer and generates an economic impact of $600,000 in incremental spending.

In Port Alberni, the salmon fishery is both part of the historical economy and an opportunity for further growth. The commercial, sport fishing, First Nations and recreational fisheries offer community economic development opportunities and extensive outdoor recreation opportunities.

The West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Centre was developed with a vision to create an engaging and financially self-sustaining center that serves as a hub for showcasing and stewarding local aquatic life and activities – especially salmon.

The West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Centre is located in a two-story building in the Harbour Quay area, adjacent to the Marina and harbour. Designed with innovative and interactive displays in mind, the centre attracts both young and old.  Funding was used to create exhibits which include live tanks, interpretive panels, and multi media interfaces guiding visitors through the exciting experience of living the life of a salmon. The centre resonates with Port Alberni’s title of “Ultimate Fishing Town” and local attractions such as the largest salmon run on Vancouver Island, the Stamp Falls fishway, and the numerous fishing locations in the region.  The project also includes a conference room and educational space as well as a staff office.

The Centre joins a growing network of other marine based destinations in the region, distinguishing itself through its unique content.  In its first summer of operations, the Centre exceeded its anticipated visitation numbers and welcomed more than 10,000 visitors, generating more than $600,000 in incremental spending.

2,580
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,615
post completion jobs created
$4.7
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$278
million leveraged into the region
$47.9
million disbursed
$49.7
million committed
170
economic development projects
130
projects completed
38%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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