Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations
Description of the Objective
Aquaculture in Canada takes place within a complex net of federal and provincial legislation. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be pursuing amendments to the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations (MCFR) as part of a broader suite of proposed aquaculture regulatory reforms. These reforms together will bring greater national coherence to the aquaculture regulatory regime; modernize provisions originally designed for the wild commercial harvest sector for application to the aquaculture sector; and, streamline regulations to reduce administrative burden and red tape. The proposed regulatory reforms are aimed at fostering sustainable development of the aquaculture sector through legal clarity, certainty, and efficiency.
Amendments to the MCFR will be proposed to enable shellfish aquaculturists to engage in activities, such as, the temporary removal of shellfish from their site for the purpose of site maintenance activities in areas under ‘closed’ status, or for the purpose of harvesting seed, spat and broodstock for aquaculture purposes. Other amendments may be proposed based on further analysis.
Indication of Business Impacts
There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or Small Business Lens may apply.
Public Consultation Opportunities
Discussions with stakeholders are expected to take place during the 2016-2018 planning period. A regulatory proposal will follow that will be available for public comment upon pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 30-day comment period, which is anticipated to occur during the same planning period.
Name: Joliane Lavigne
Position: Manager, Aquaculture Management Directorate
For more information
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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