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Legal Review

8 May 2001 -- Yves Bastien, the federal Commissioner for Aquaculture Development, today released his report on a review of the legislation and regulations governing aquaculture in Canada.  The report has been submitted to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The report contains 36 recommendations on priority initiatives to be undertaken relating to the legislative and regulatory environment for aquaculture.  It focuses mainly on policy changes required to better serve the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry in Canada.  Full News Release, View the Report, (You must have Acrobat Reader 5.0 installed.) 

Salmon is the largest aquacultural export in B.C. and New Brunswick. Our Mandate

The stated mandate of the Office of the Commissioner for Aquaculture Development is to bring together all appropriate federal government resources, lead required regulatory reforms, and work with the provinces to develop a vibrant, environmentally sustainable aquaculture industry. The Commissioner is responsible for implementing the 1995 Federal Aquaculture Development Strategy.   More about our mandate.

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"Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms, including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants. Farming implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated." - United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Fish farming depends on a clean environment.Aquaculture in Canada

Aquaculture is an established practice in many parts of the world. Production is increasing annually. In Canada, aquaculture was first used to enhance natural stocks. However, it is now a large-scale, country-wide commercial industry providing direct and indirect economic benefits to many local and regional economies.

All ten provinces and the Yukon Territory currently have a stake in commercial aquaculture. Interest is increasing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In 1998, Aquaculture production accounted for nine percent of total fish production in Canada, but almost 25 percent of total value.

The Canadian aquaculture industry has more than doubled in size since 1996. Commercial aquaculture production dates from the 1950s, when trout and oysters were the species of interest. Over the past 20 years, commercial production has expanded to include several species of salmon, Arctic char, mussels, clams and scallops. New species being developed include black cod in British Columbia and halibut, haddock and Atlantic cod in the Maritime Provinces. Others include eel, tilapia, sea urchin, quahogs, and geoduck clams. More

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