As of December 18, 2010, the management and regulation of aquaculture in B.C. has transferred from provincial to federal jurisdiction.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is now responsible for most aspects of the aquaculture industry in B.C., including licensing sites, production volumes, species to be produced, fish health, sea lice levels, fish containment and waste control.
While DFO has expanded its role in the management of aquaculture activities, the provincial government will continue to be an active partner. The Province of B.C. will continue to issue tenures where operations take place in either the marine or freshwater environment, license marine plant cultivation, and manage business aspects of aquaculture such as work place health and safety within the province.