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 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 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 2014-2016 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 2014-2016 planning period.

Departmental Contact

Name: Joe Hawkins
Position: Manager, Aquaculture Management Directorate
Tel: 613-990-0242
Fax: 613-993-8607
Email: Joe.Hawkins@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.