Mussel Aquaculture Industry Development Experiences In Different Jurisdictions
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This is one of three literature reviews for research project D2 - Leveraging Social Ownership of Proprietary Trademarks related to the Golden Mussel as a Base for Expansion of Social Enterprise in Coastal B.C. Aboriginal Communities - of the BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA). The review explores the development of the mussel aquaculture industry in New Zealand, Spain, Washington State, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia. The case study comparison of the experiences of different jurisdictions allows for the identification of key factors important to the expansion and growth of mussel culture. Each jurisdiction’s experience with the various aspects of industry development is detailed. These aspects include: the current status of the industry, the history of industry growth, the regulatory regime, financial supports to industry development, coordinating bodies, technical assistance, training and education opportunities, and research and advocacy. The extent of social enterprise and Aboriginal involvement in the mussel aquaculture industry in each area are also explored.