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Federal Aquaculture Act

Aquaculture is the farming of fish and seafood in fresh or saltwater. It is an established practice in many parts of the world. In Canada, aquaculture was first used thousands of years ago by Indigenous peoples who cultivated clam gardens. It now includes large-scale commercial industry sectors across the country, providing direct and indirect economic benefits to many local and regional economies, and has the potential to nearly double production by 2028.

As the aquaculture industry continues to grow, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is developing proposed legislation designed to reflect the distinct context and requirements associated with aquaculture management. Based on recommendations from the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers, work is underway to develop a federal Aquaculture Act that respects federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions, fosters national consistency, improves clarity for the sector, enables the sustainable management of aquaculture and helps sustainably grow the industry for the benefit of Indigenous and rural communities.

Thank you!

The Department published a discussion paper that outlines the proposal for new legislation for public comment between August 17, 2020 to February 12, 2021. The Department thanks all those who submitted comments.

See the what we heard report for a summary of the feedback received.

Learn more about ongoing engagement with Indigenous partners to inform the development of a proposed legislation that reflects Indigenous perspectives

Find out more about the proposed Aquaculture Act

What is aquaculture?

Find out more about aquaculture and how it is regulated in Canada

How we got here

See our previous engagement and actions taken on the proposed Act

On the path to reconciliation

Learn more about how the proposed Act provides an opportunity for dialogue with Indigenous partners to advance reconciliation and ongoing Indigenous engagement

Considerations for a new Act

Explore the various proposed elements of the proposed Act

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