Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.3 - Sustainable Aquaculture Program

Description

The goal of the Sustainable Aquaculture Program is to contribute to an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable Canadian aquaculture sector. Canada's aquaculture sector operates under one of the most stringent regulatory frameworks in the world which is designed to ensure the sector's environmental sustainability. The Department's regulatory mandate for the program is derived from the Fisheries ActFootnote1, the Fisheries Development ActFootnote2,and the Oceans ActFootnote3. The Department has the lead regulatory role in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the lead federal department responsible for aquaculture and implements the Sustainable Aquaculture Program in a horizontal and integrated way with other federal departments and agencies in order to create optimal conditions for science-based sustainable management of the sector. The Department is committed to working collaboratively with industry, provinces and territories, Aboriginal groups, and others to ensure the success and long-term sustainability of Canada's aquaculture sector.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Main Estimates
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
27,854,324 27,854,324 27,854,319 27,854,319

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
178.3 179.3 179.3

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Environmentally, economically and socially sustainable Canadian aquaculture sector Level of Canadian aquaculture production that provides economic opportunities and social benefits for Canadians while safeguarding the environment > 172,000 tonnes (reported for 2013) March 31, 2016
Percentage rate of compliance in the aquaculture sector with Fisheries Act regulations 90% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Continue to enhance and modernize the aquaculture regulatory framework to improve predictability and transparency for the aquaculture industry. This will be achieved through the Sustainable Aquaculture Program; a comprehensive science program; and, public reporting.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Program is delivered through three sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 1.3.1 - Aquaculture Management

Description

The objective of this sub-program is to enhance the Department's aquaculture management regime, using a range of regulations, policies, and public reporting to implement its regulatory mandate for the sector. In doing so, efforts are made to improve current regulations and policies as well as develop new ones, which are streamlined and coherent across federal and provincial / territorial regimes while ensuring protection of the aquatic environment. These activities are supported by public reporting on the management of the sector and its economic and environmental performance. In 2015-16, this sub-program is focused on: implementing the proposed Aquaculture Activities Regulations, should they be finalized; updating current regulations under the Fisheries Act; implementing the renewed National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic OrganismsFootnote4; modernizing the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation ProgramFootnote5; and, improving aquaculture public reporting. The sub-program ensures that departmental policies and programs that affect aquaculture (e.g. fisheries protection) are considered. Delivery of this sub-program is aligned with Canada's international obligations and ensures that domestic regulatory responsibilities are consistent with international commitments to sustainable aquaculture management. The Department, in partnership with other government departments, supports Aboriginal communities interested in aquaculture and helps them develop viable aquaculture business plans and establish businesses that bring long-term sustainable economic benefit to their communities.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
7,004,747 7,004,747 7,004,747

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
70.7 70.7 70.7

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
A streamlined and transparent regulatory regime supported by collaborative frameworks and public reporting Percentage of planned activities completed 90% March 31, 2016
Efficient management of ecological and genetic risks associated with intentional movements of live aquatic organisms through authorizations under Section 56 of the Fishery (General) Regulations following the renewed National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms Number of introduction and transfer authorizations issued under Section 56 of the Fishery (General) Regulations following the National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms Baseline will be established in 2015-16 because the renewed Code will come into effect in 2015 March 31, 2016
Bivalve shellfish harvesters comply with federal regulations Percentage rate of compliance 97% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Aquaculture Regulatory Reform - Amend existing Fisheries Act regulations originally designed for wild fisheries to meet aquaculture regulatory needs.
  • Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program Mapping Project - Deploy the mapping application, which will have the ability to produce maps to communicate with the public, via the Internet, where bivalve shellfish can safely be harvested. Assess the functionality of the system and update if necessary to ensure it is fully addressing the needs of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Environment Canada, as well as external stakeholders.

Sub-program 1.3.2 - British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program

Description

The objective of this sub-program is to effectively manage, administer and regulate aquaculture in British Columbia and govern the aquaculture industry activities, including finfish, shellfish and freshwater or land-based operations. The British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program is implemented under the Pacific Aquaculture RegulationsFootnote6 under the Fisheries Act. Specific British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program areas of responsibility include: site licensing, introductions and transfers licensing, conditions of licence, environmental and fish health management, compliance and enforcement, consultations and engagement, and public reporting. British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program ultimately ensures that aquaculture activities in the province are sustainable.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
6,256,475 6,256,475 6,256,475

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
35.0 35.0 35.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
An effective and efficient regulatory regime for aquaculture in British Columbia Percentage of aquaculture licences in British Columbia issued on a multi-year basis where requested by licence holders (does not apply to Discovery Islands area) 100% March 31, 2016
Review of aquaculture licence applications completed within identified service standards 90% March 31, 2016
Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plan for Freshwater/ land-based aquaculture Development of the Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plan document 100% March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • British Columbia: Aquaculture Licence Fees - Amend the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations to replace the fees formerly charged by the Province of British Columbia with a fee schedule consisting of a flat fee that will partially recover administrative processing and licence issuance costs and an access-to-resource fee for exclusive use of, and access to, the respective surface area and water column.

Sub-program 1.3.3 - Sustainable Aquaculture Science Program

Description

The objectives of the Sustainable Aquaculture Science Program are to provide a strong science base to underpin regulatory, policy, and program decision-making, thereby increasing the stability and soundness of aquaculture-related decisions. Additionally, through collaborative research with the aquaculture industry, the Sustainable Aquaculture Science Program helps to improve the sustainability of the industry, facilitate technology transfer and knowledge mobilization, and increase the scientific capacity of the Canadian aquaculture industry. Science for decision-making contributes to transparency and public confidence. The key activities to achieve these objectives will include: (1) implementation of a formal scientific risk assessment framework and the provision of scientifically peer-reviewed risk assessments and associated advice for key aquaculture-environment interactions, including fish health; (2) conducting targeted regulatory research in areas such as fish pest and pathogen interactions, cumulative effects, ecosystem management and interactions with wild populations; (3) providing scientific advice on the development of national standards, the development and implementation of indicators and area-based options for addressing overlapping management considerations; and (4) conducting collaborative research to enhance environmental performance and to optimize cultured fish health.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
14,593,102 14,593,096 14,593,096

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
72.6 73.6 73.6

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Policy and decision makers have access to a sound aquaculture science knowledge base Percentage of key priority areas addressed as agreed to in advance with senior management 90% March 31, 2016