The False Creek Harbour Authority at Fishermen’s Wharf (FCHA) is developing an expansion of a themed “Fishermen’s Village”, composed of 4-6 small seafood vending kiosks on shore next to the docks. The FCHA is looking forward to creating a seafood marketplace that will build a link between fishermen and the local community.
More details about the project are available in the Fishermen’s Village Project Brief (PDF, 314 KB).
WHY IS THIS BEING CONSIDERED?
In the short term:
- Provide locally caught seafood to the public
- Develop an iconic public space for the citizens of Vancouver
- Strengthen relationships between industry and the community
- Support small, independent commercial fishers
- Draw the public to Vancouver’s only commercial fishing harbour
In the long term:
- Attract new commercial fishers and to keep current commercial fishers moored at the False Creek Docks. Our objective is to continue to support local and coastal commercial fishing activities while providing opportunities for the commercial fishers to promote better access to sustainable seafood for the local community.
- Over the past 10 years, FCHA has built closer ties to the community by hosting a variety of educational and social events at the Harbour. “Fishermen’s Village” will strengthen these relationships and establish the village as a place to learn about sustainable fishing practices while purchasing wild seafood from the BC coast.
WHEN WOULD IT OPERATE?
The FCHA would plan to open the Fishermen’s Village in the Spring of 2019 to coincide with the opening of our local fishing season. “Fishermen’s Village” would continue with the same days & hours of operation as the current leaseholder, “Go Fish”, which is open year-round Tuesday – Friday from 11:30am – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday from 12:00pm – 6pm and closed on Mondays.
HOW MANY NEW KIOSKS ARE BEING CONSIDERED?
The Fishermen’s Village is planning to feature 4-6 additional kiosks, each with a footprint of approximately 10’ x 20’.
WHAT ABOUT SEATING FOR CUSTOMERS?
The FCHA already owns a large carved picnic table that would be utilized by the public and 10-12 mobile picnic tables would also be purchased for use.
ARE THERE GOING TO BE WASHROOM FACILITIES?
The plan is to use the FCHA’s existing facilities. These facilities are modernized with hands free appliances and are kept clean and sanitary through daily cleaning by a professional contractor.
WHERE WOULD CUSTOMERS PARK?
There are multiple parking options in the surrounding area. The FCHA would not offer any on-site parking to customers, instead encourage the public to walk, cycle or use transit. Additional bike racks can be purchased if needed.
HOW WILL VENDORS BE CHOSEN?
The FCHA is still developing the application guidelines internally and will ensure a fair and open process.
WHAT ARE THE KIOSK SPECIFICATIONS?
The entire footprint of each kiosk will be approximately 10’ x 20’. Each kiosk would have a small patio with an awning to keep customers out of the elements while placing their food order. Each kiosk will be built to professional standards meeting air pollution and construction guidelines. Odour control systems will be mandatory to reduce smells to a minimal level. All kiosks will be required to abide by restricted hours of operation to minimize noise impacts on the community and use the existing on-site waste and recycling facilities.
HOW WILL GARBAGE BE DEALT WITH?
The FCHA already provides on-site disposal facilities that include: food waste, garbage, cardboard, paper and plastics.
HOW WILL THE KIOSKS BE MAINTAINED?
The kiosks will be expected to be maintained in a structural and sanitary condition to conform with Vancouver Coastal Health By-Laws and to meet standards to be determined by the FCHA.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
FCHA is in process of consulting with all key stakeholders, including residents in the immediate area, surrounding businesses, Granville Island merchants, First Nations, and other government agencies (Municipal, Provincial, and Federal). Once this round of consultation is complete, detailed planning will commence.
For more information please contact the False Creek Harbour Authority office at 604 733 3625.