Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14
Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome
Program 1.5 - Aquatic Animal Health
In collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for co-delivering Canada's National Aquatic Animal Health Program. The objective of the Program is to protect against the introduction and spread of serious infectious disease in wild and cultured aquatic animals. Detection and reporting of aquatic animal diseases of national and international importance in wild and cultured aquatic animals is imperative to prevent and control serious disease outbreaks. An integrated approach to aquatic animal health protects the health of Canada's aquatic resources, wild and farmed, and provides greater economic stability and potential for growth for the industries and regions that depend on these resources. Preventing the spread of aquatic animal diseases within Canada and guarding against the introduction of serious infectious aquatic animal diseases is critical to safeguarding the health of Canada's aquatic resources and our export markets for fish and seafood products. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's scientific expertise provides scientific advice, diagnostic testing, and research. Knowledge derived through science informs the certification of aquatic animal health status in support of the Canadian fish/seafood trade, market access, and the delivery of federal responsibilities under the Health of Animals Act and the Fisheries Act. The Program also supports the delivery of other Fisheries and Oceans Canada programs, such as the Salmonid Enhancement Program, Biotechnology and Genomics, and the Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program.
Financial Resources ($ millions)
Human Resources (FTE)
|Decision-makers have access to diagnostic test results for the regulation of aquatic animal health||Percentage of criteria completed in support of Standards Council of Canada ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 17025 accreditation for each of the three Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System laboratories||100% by March 31, 2014|
|Percentage of tests completed for submitted fish samples at Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System laboratories||100% by March 31, 2014|
|Decision-makers have access to scientific knowledge and advice to support the regulation of aquatic animal health||Percentage of research project reports that are available to decision-makers||90% by March 31, 2014|
Planning Highlights - Program-level
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada Laboratories of the National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System - Apply to the Standards Council of Canada for International Organization for Standardization (ISO 17025) accreditation for the second of three Fisheries and Oceans Canada National Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory System laboratories by March 31, 2014. Accreditation for all three laboratories is expected by 2014-15.
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