Cascadia completed an economic assessment for a BC industry association on the impact of the 2017 Norovirus outbreak and the impact of the provincial shellfish industry operation in rural and coastal BC communities.
Cascadia completed the following activities during the engagement:
• Interviewed shellfish farmers and processors to understand the nature of the industry and the impact of the 2016-2017 Norovirus outbreak
• Developed a survey for the shellfish association members and non-members to better understand the economics of shellfish farming
• Utilized the results of the survey as inputs to an economic model to estimate both the economic impact of the BC shellfish industry as well as the impact of the 2016-17 Norovirus outbreak
• Completed national and international research on other shellfish growing regions and industry support programs in both agriculture and aquaculture to understand how policy may be used to support the industry
• Identified best practices from international research and included case studies that evaluated the affect of policy or program changes to the growth and resilience of the industry
Cascadia tailored the final report to act as a request for funding to BC provincial ministries, ultimately resulting in $1.3 million in funding to support BC shellfish aquaculture.