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Reporting on Introductions and Transfers

The National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms guides the Introductions and Transfers Committees with the assessments of proposals to move aquatic organisms from one body of water or rearing facility to another. It also provides all jurisdictions with a consistent process for assessing the potential environmental impacts of intentional introductions and transfers of aquatic organisms.

2021

Canada

In 2021, Introductions and Transfers Committees received 980 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms across Canada. Of these, 946 applications were approved, representing more than 736 million live aquatic organisms of more than 635 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications, approximately:

Purpose

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Types of aquatic organisms

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By province or territory

Alberta

In 2021, Alberta’s Introductions and Transfers Committee received 28 applications to intentionally import live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. All applications were approved, representing nearly 2.1 million live aquatic organisms of 6 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. The Alberta Introductions and Transfers Committee does not review applications for movements of organisms within that province as risks for these movements are addressed by conditions of license under diverse provincial authorizations. Of the total number of approved applications in Alberta, approximately:

Purpose

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Types of aquatic organisms

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Most proposed movements were for Rainbow Trout and Tilapia.

British Columbia

In 2021, British Columbia’s Introductions and Transfers Committee received 354 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. Of these, 351 were approved, representing approximately 521 million live aquatic organisms of 557 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in British Columbia, approximately:

Purpose

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Types of aquatic organisms

Of the total number of approved applications in British Columbia, approximately:

Most proposed movements were Rainbow Trout.

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Manitoba

In 2021, Manitoba’s Introductions and Transfers Committee received 28 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. All applications were approved, representing approximately 357,000 live aquatic organisms of 35 different species. These totals do not include fish that were moved as part of the provincial stocking program, which are considered routine, low risk movements that are not reviewed by the Committee.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in Manitoba, approximately:

Purpose

Of the total number of approved applications in Manitoba, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

Of the total number of approved applications in Manitoba, approximately:

Most proposed movements were for Rainbow Trout.

New Brunswick

In 2021, the New Brunswick Introductions and Transfers Committee received 130 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. Of these, 123 applications were approved, representing more than 58 million live aquatic organisms of 12 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in New Brunswick, approximately:

Purpose

Of the total number of approved applications in New Brunswick, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

Of the total number of approved applications in New Brunswick, approximately:

Most proposed movements were for Atlantic Salmon.

Newfoundland and Labrador

In 2021, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Introductions and Transfers Committee received 102 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. Of these, 100 applications were approved, representing approximately 63 million live aquatic organisms of 7 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately:

Purpose

Of the total number of approved applications in Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

Of the total number of approved applications in Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately:

Most proposed movements were for Atlantic Salmon.

Nova Scotia

In 2021, Nova Scotia Introductions and Transfers Committee received 135 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. Of these, 127 applications were approved, representing approximately 31 million live aquatic organisms of 16 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in Nova Scotia, approximately:

Purpose

Of the total number of approved applications in Nova Scotia, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

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Most proposed movements were for Atlantic Salmon.

Ontario

In 2021, Ontario’s Introductions and Transfers Committee did not receive any applications to intentionally import live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. This reporting does not include fish that were moved as part of the provincial stocking program, which are considered routine, low risk movements that are not reviewed by the Committee.

Prince Edward Island

In 2021, Prince Edward Island’s Introductions and Transfers Committee received 125 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. Of these, 114 applications were approved, representing over 53 million live aquatic organisms of 8 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in Prince Edward Island, approximately:

Purpose

Of the total number of approved applications in Prince Edward Island, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

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Most proposed movements were for Blue Mussels.

Quebec

Quebec has two Introductions and Transfers Committees: one for marine applications and the other for freshwater. The marine committee is chaired by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the freshwater committee is chaired by the Department of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks of the Province of Quebec.

Marine Introductions and Transfers

In 2021, Quebec’s Marine Introductions and Transfers Committee received 26 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities and fish bearing waters. Of these, 24 were approved, representing over 3 million live aquatic organisms of 14 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved marine applications in Quebec, approximately:

Purpose

Of the total number of approved marine applications in Quebec, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

Of the total number of approved marine application in Quebec, approximately:

Most proposed movements were for American Oyster.

Freshwater Introductions and Transfers

In 2021, Quebec’s freshwater Introductions and Transfers Committee did not receive any applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities and fish bearing waters.

Saskatchewan

In 2021, Saskatchewan’s Introductions and Transfers Committee received 25 applications to intentionally import live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. Of these, 24 applications were approved, representing nearly 2 million live aquatic organisms of 6 different species. These totals do not include fish that were moved as part of the provincial stocking program, which are considered routine, low risk movements that are not reviewed by the Committee.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province, between provinces, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in Saskatchewan, approximately:

Purpose

Of the total number of approved applications in Saskatchewan, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

Of the total number of applications approved in Saskatchewan, approximately:

Most proposed movements were for Rainbow Trout.

Yukon

In 2021, Yukon’s Introductions and Transfers Committee received 23 applications to intentionally move live aquatic organisms to fish rearing facilities or fish bearing waters. All applications were approved, representing approximately 461,000 live aquatic organisms of 5 different species.

Origin

Introductions and transfers may occur within a province or territory, between provinces or territories, and into Canada from another country. Of the total number of approved applications in Yukon, most were for movements within the territory, and only one application was for movements from another province.

Purpose

Of the total number of approved applications in Yukon, approximately:

Types of aquatic organisms

Of the total number of approved applications in Yukon, all were for freshwater finfish.

Most proposed movements were for Chinook Salmon.

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