Regulating and monitoring British Columbia’s marine finfish aquaculture facilities 2015-2016 : Monitoring and audits: Inventory and aquaculture statistics

Table of Contents

  1. Summary of marine finfish aquaculture in British Columbia
  2. How aquaculture facilities are regulated
  3. Assessing compliance
    1. How DFO assesses the performance of aquaculture facilities
    2. Enforcement options
    3. Summary of charges and convictions, 2015-2016
    4. Enforcement activities
    5. Violations in 2015
    6. Violations in 2016
  4. Reporting requirements and reports submitted
    1. Reporting requirements
    2. Scheduled reports
    3. Event-based reports
  5. Monitoring and audits: Fish health
    1. Fish health management plans
    2. Fish health in 2015
    3. Fish health in 2016
    4. Sea Lice
    5. Fish Mortality
  6. Monitoring and audits: Environmental
    1. Benthic (seabed) monitoring
    2. DFO’s benthic audit program
    3. Escapes
    4. Incidental catch
    5. Interactions with marine mammals
    6. Use of lights
    7. Use of chemicals, and feed and other substances
    8. Aquaculture activities regulations
  7. Monitoring and audits: Inventory and aquaculture statistics
    1. Inventory plans and stock transfers
    2. Annual aquaculture statistical report
  8. Summary

Inventory plans and stock transfers

Licence holders submit inventory plans annually in January to DFO, and monthly thereafter. An inventory plan outlines a seven-month rolling inventory plan for all licensed species, including biomass, number of fish, age class, and harvest activities. The first month of the plan must reflect the calculated inventory at the farm for the previous month, and the remaining six months must be projected inventory. A plan must be submitted even when no farming is occurring. Any transfers of stock from one farm to another must be reported if the transfers occurred in the previous month.

DFO audits the inventory plans by ensuring that:

Annual aquaculture statistical report

DFO collects information regarding fish production, processing, and sales for statistical purposes. This report is submitted to DFO no later than January 25 for the previous calendar year. In 2015 and 2016, all marine finfish Annual Aquaculture Statistical Reports were submitted to DFO, with an average of 98% of reports submitted on time. See Figure 6 (page 13) for a summary of the industry’s compliance.