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Fish farm on Cape Breton reserve pairs up with Cooke Aquaculture – CBC

Rod Googoo calls it ‘an incredible opportunity’ for Cooke to market product produced by Indigenous people

Jul 19, 2019

The We’koqma’q First Nation in Cape Breton is partnering with fish farming giant Cooke Aquaculture to help with the sales and marketing of the reserve’s Bras d’Or Lakes steelhead trout.

Since 2011, a trout farm has been in operation at the reserve. Chief Rod Googoo said it has grown to have more than 50 people work at the fish farm, hatchery and processing plant. The operation has about 60 cages in the Bras d’Or Lakes.

“We started off small and we gradually built up steam and we got bigger and we got better at what we do, and we did it over a short period of time,” said Googoo, who estimates they will harvest between $10-$12 million of fish this year.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/first-nation-cooke-aquaculture-trout-1.5216362

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