Aquaculture initiatives and management measures

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Area-based aquaculture management

Area-based management will enhance collaboration between federal, provincial and Indigenous partners. This method improves information sharing, collective planning and ongoing monitoring and management of aquaculture activities. It aims to ensure that the unique environmental, social and economic characteristics of coastal and marine areas are understood when decisions are made regarding the placement and operation of aquaculture facilities. 

Area-based aquaculture looks beyond potential impacts on a specific site. It also considers the wider ecosystem, such as a bay or estuary in which these facilities would be located.

Some countries have moved towards more comprehensive planning and assessment of potential aquaculture activities. The proposed area-based approach‎ will increase consideration of Indigenous and community concerns  when planning and approving aquaculture operations.

We’re targeting northern Vancouver Island as the general location to pilot this approach. We’ve started discussions with the Province of British Columbia, Indigenous peoples and communities. 

Framework for Aquaculture Risk Management

We’re developing a Framework for Aquaculture Risk Management to guide the development of future aquaculture policies. This framework will also advise on how the precautionary approach should be incorporated into federal decision making for aquaculture.

The framework’s objective is to explain how we manage the risks associated with aquaculture, particularly where there is scientific uncertainty. It will show how to apply the precautionary approach to sustainably manage aquaculture.

The framework is founded on science, but its application will also be guided by:

Renewed commitment to aquaculture development strategy

Federal, provincial and Yukon governments established the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers Aquaculture Development Strategy. This strategy aims to support continued growth in aquaculture production that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The strategy sets out a 3-year plan designed to improve:

At the June 2017 council meeting, ministers agreed to accelerate work under the strategy.

At the December 2018 meeting, the council confirmed the mandate, which means we’ll continue work on the strategy until at least 2022.

So far, work under the first pillar has been completed but they’re still working on pillars 2 and 3.

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