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Science Response 2014/042

Advice Related to the Sampling of Wild Fish Carcasses for the Proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations Aquaculture Monitoring Standard


Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquaculture Management Directorate (AMD) is developing the Aquaculture Activities Regulations (AAR) under section 35 (fisheries protection) and section 36 (deposit of deleterious substances) of the Fisheries Act to manage potential impacts to fisheries and fisheries habitat resulting from aquaculture activities (i.e., the deposit of deleterious substances including drugs, pathogen and pest treatment products and the deposit of Biochemical Oxygen Demanding (BOD) matter).

The AAR Aquaculture Monitoring Standard (AMS) is being developed by AMD to support the implementation of the AAR. The Standard will be incorporated by reference and the procedures and methods contained within will be enforceable. Typically, the AMS will be used by aquaculture licence holders, their employees, and agents throughout Canada to meet monitoring requirements related to the deposit of deleterious substances as set out in the AAR.

AMD is requesting science advice to provide direction on the protocols to be followed when collecting carcasses of fish for analyses for chemotherapeutants following an unusual mortality or morbidity event. A comprehensive science review of the AAR or the associated Standard was not requested and is not within the scope of this current advisory response.

This Science Response Report results from the Science Response Process of July 10, 2014 on the Provision of advice related to the sampling of fish carcasses for the Aquaculture Activities Regulations Aquaculture Monitoring Standard.

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