Workshop: MSX and invasive species workshop
The purpose of this workshop was to inform as many NB users (commercial/recreational fishers, processors, growers and all users of our coastal waters) as possible on the potential disastrous impact of their operation/practices in coastal waters with the presence of MSX and invasive species within the Atlantic Provinces. Growers need to be aware of the policy on introduction and transfers of live animals and the potential of transferring diseases such as MSX if this policy is not respected. As well, the workshop will initiate the concept and importance of a code of practice for the shellfish industry of NB and make recommendations to government agencies on how to manage these kinds of situations taking into account the viability of the industry.
The need to make industry become a member on the Transport Canada/DFO Committee on ballast waters as well as the Introduction and Transfer Committee was highlighted during the workshop. It was recommended that the industry should be made aware of any introduction/transfer of any species in or close to their shellfish aquaculture operation. Public awareness on the possible harmful organisms on boat hulls must be heightened. The participation of DFO on monitoring diseases and invasive species must be on-going. The industry is supportive of research on oyster resistant to diseases and promotes management of situations respective of possible repercussions to the development of its industry. The introduction of a voluntary code of practice was adopted by key stakeholders.
2003 - 2003
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