Atlantic Fishery 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 Atlantic Fishery Regulations (AFR) as part of a broader suite of proposed aquaculture regulatory reforms. Together, these reforms 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.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is proposing to amend the AFR in order to:

  • remove application of fishery-specific clauses to aquaculture
  • reflect aquaculture-specific harvesting allowances
  • reflect aquaculture-specific site maintenance requirements

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 and pre-publication of the regulatory proposal in Canada Gazette, Part I are expected to take place during the 2018-2020 planning period. Upon pre-publication, the public will have another opportunity to comment on the regulatory proposal during an official 30-day comment period.

Departmental contact

Dean Medeiros
Manager, Aquaculture Management Directorate
Telephone: 613-301-1904
Fax: 613-990-9574

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