Fish Health Protection Regulations

As part of the ongoing development of the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) was notified on December 7, 2015 that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will implement the final portion of NAAHP, the Domestic Movement Control Program (DMCP), effective December 31, 2015. Under DMCP, CFIA will enact new measures, such as zonation and permitting, to support domestic movements of aquatic animals. As of this date, DFO will no longer exercise its authority under the FHPR, including the Manual of Compliance, and intends to move forward with the repeal of the FHPR to remove regulatory overlap with the DMCP.

For more information and questions on CFIA’s Domestic Movement Control Program, please visit the CFIA website at Notice to Industry Change to federal management of aquatic disease in Canada.

The Fish Health Protection Regulations (FHPR) were created in 1977 and apply only to salmonid species (e.g., salmon, trout, and whitefish) belonging to the genera listed in Schedule I of the FHPR. The Regulations are designed to minimize the risk of spread of infectious diseases through inspection of wild and cultured fish stocks and to control the movement of infected fish between provinces/territories. They apply to live and uneviscerated dead cultured fish, eggs (including fertilized eggs or gametes) of cultured and wild fish and products of dead, uneviscerated cultured fish destined to move across provincial or territorial boundaries within Canada. It is anticipated that these regulations will be repealed as the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP) is fully developed and implemented. Historical FHPR health data will be used by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the development of the domestic component for the NAAHP. The Regulations and Manual of Compliance were revised in 2011.

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