The project came up with a number of recommendations to improve access to seafood in our region:
- Public education about the real cost of seafood
- Further engagement with provincial agencies and advocating for clear, well-publicised guidelines on boat to table regulations
- Education for those in the fishing industry on regulations for off-vessel vending and customer connections/marketing techniques
- A large-scale project researching the commercial fisheries licencing system and whether changes would facilitate an increase in direct sales
Strategic Plan: Food Security
Food Security, especially in regional and remote areas and individuals and families on low incomes, was identified as a priority area at both Health Network forums in 2015. Since that forum, the grocery store in Gold River has closed and food security stress in the region have increased. The Strathcona Food Security Project is an active group holding monthly meetings to improve food security in the Strathcona region and the Health Network goals are based on a strong collaborative relationship with that group.
Opportunities have been identified to further collaborate with the Strathcona Food Security Project to support training opportunities and forums, increase collaboration across the region and support initiatives to address access to affordable, healthy food.
Food security is closely related to employment and income, and in regional communities it is intrinsically tied to access to reliable and affordable transport.
Data sources: Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (June 2015), Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (November 2015), Island Health LHA Report 84 (2016), Island Health LHA Report 72 (2016), Cost of Eating Data (2015).