New Aquaculture Act under development

The federal government, through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), has issued a discussion paper to seek feedback on the establishment of an Aquaculture Act. 

Since the 1980s, aquaculture has been regulated through existing federal-provincial/territorial legislation and regulations that apply to specific aquaculture activities. Over time, incremental changes to these multiple laws and policies have created a complicated regulatory system with inconsistent requirements across the country. A stand-alone act the purpose is intended to provide greater clarity to the sector.

The deadline for this first round of comment is February 12, 2021.

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