Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 09, 2014 18:27 ET

Minister Duncan and MP Lunney Launch Information Sessions on the Government's Plan to Increase Opportunities for the Aquaculture Industry

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2014) - Earlier today, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, along with James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, held a roundtable on the proposed Aquaculture Activity Regulations with key stakeholders on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

As announced by Minister Shea on August 22, 2014, the Government of Canada has pre-published the proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, to begin a 60-day public consultation. These proposed Regulations aim at increasing sustainable aquaculture production in Canada while protecting the environment. These Regulations will increase the transparency and accountability of the industry.

The proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations' objective is to increase oversight and ensure there are clear and consistent rules for aquaculture operators from coast to coast. The proposed Regulations add to the existing rules by imposing three new conditions. Firstly, operators would have to provide written reports of alternatives to pesticide and drug use that were considered before using any of these regulated products. Secondly, operators would have to have mitigation measures in place to minimize potential negative impacts on wild fish species and their habitat. Thirdly, operators would have to report these activities to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on a yearly basis. The Department will then make the overall data publicly available annually.

The Government of Canada is committed to continue improving Canada's already strong regulatory system - one of the most rigorous in the world - to ensure that the aquaculture industry is safe, healthy and ensures the sustainable use of marine resources.

Quick Facts

- Canadians can provide comments on the proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations until October 22, 2014, from the site: ConsultingWithCanadians.gc.ca. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans' webpage Proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations provides all the necessary background information to do so.

- Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will hold a series of technical information sessions across the country with stakeholders of the aquaculture and fisheries industries, First Nations and environmental non-governmental organizations to explain how these proposed Regulations will work and what would be required to comply.

- Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been working with its regulatory partners to develop the proposed Regulations to ensure they build on existing provincial and federal regulatory regimes. When finalized, the proposed Regulations would resolve uncertainties in the application of various federal acts, eliminate overlap and duplication issues and reflect the unique circumstances of aquaculture.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to creating conditions that will enable the aquaculture industry to be successful and to ensure that development takes place in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. Aquaculture accounts for nearly 50 per cent of seafood consumed worldwide. With its tremendous set of natural advantages for aquaculture production, Canada has to position itself to tap into global demand, especially in the context of the expected signature of trade agreements with the European Union and the Republic of Korea."

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip

"These proposed Regulations are important, but they are just one part of a set of regulatory initiatives to help ensure that we have an aquaculture industry that can thrive and that meets the highest sustainability requirements. We are proud to take further steps to enable the aquaculture industry to thrive and create much needed jobs in rural, coastal and Aboriginal communities, while remaining sustainable and environmentally sound."

James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni

Associated Links

- Canada Gazette - ConsultingWithCanadians.gc.ca

- Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations

- Statement - Moving Forward On Aquaculture Activities Regulations

- News release: Harper Government Takes Further Steps to Enable the Aquaculture Industry to Thrive

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Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-990-7537

    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474