The Aboriginal Aquaculture Association is a sectoral organization designed to assist, support and facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations in sustainable aquaculture development. It serves as a resource body providing guidance and advice with respect to sustainable aquaculture development, regulation and management of aquaculture. It believes that aquaculture development has the potential to play a major role in the diversification and strengthening of the local and regional economies of First Nations.
Aboriginal groups across Canada have developed aquaculture business ventures and partnerships. This has resulted in new job creation and skills development. This has increased the wealth and prosperity in the rural and coastal communities providing both social and economic benefits. Aboriginal communities are in a unique position to benefit from sustainable aquaculture development due to their aquatic resources, rights and access to aquaculture development sites.