Protecting wild fish and habitat

Maintaining a healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystem is central to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) role in supporting environmentally, economically and socially strong fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Aquaculture operators must minimize and mitigate the impacts of their facilities on wild fish habitat. They must take all reasonable measures to reduce incidental catches of wild fish; where possible, reduce dependence on wild fish for broodstock or research; and minimize interactions with predators. Aquaculture operators must properly contain farmed fish and take precautions to prevent their escape. National and provincial regulations are in place to manage all of these interactions.