Report on Plans and Priorities 2016-17

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. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's regulatory mandate for the program is derived from the Fisheries Act, the Fisheries Development Act, and the Oceans Act. The Department has the lead regulatory role in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. Fisheries and Oceans Canada implements the Sustainable Aquaculture Program in a horizontal and integrated way with other federal departments and agencies to create optimal conditions for science-based sustainable management of the sector. The Department works 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 - Planned Spending

2016-17
Main Estimates
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
$27,951,814 $27,951,814 $27,951,814 $18,796,272

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
198.1 192.2 174.2

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, 2017
Percentage rate of compliance by the aquaculture sector with requirements relating to sustainable aquaculture under the regulations developed under the Fisheries Act 90% March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Advance processes to restore funding in support of federal ocean science, fisheries science, ecosystem research, and support sustainable aquaculture and monitoring programs to address key pressures and ensure a better alignment with key departmental priorities.
  • Improve the sustainability of the aquaculture industry through the Sustainable Aquaculture Program's Aquaculture Regulatory Reform agenda which is supported by a comprehensive science program and public reporting.
  • Provide, through the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, stock assessments and sound science advice in support of fisheries, aquaculture and oceans management, taking into account changing environmental conditions, where applicable.
  • Make further progress on the Sustainable Aquaculture Program's Aquaculture Regulatory Reform agenda, including regulatory reform necessary to improve the sustainable development of Canadian aquaculture.

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Implement the Aquaculture Activities Regulations (came into effect on July 15, 2015) including public reporting.
  • Modernize the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program, focussing on classification review, alternate delivery options (commercial and non-commercial) and mapping.
  • Evaluate the risk that aquaculture may pose to wild fish and the environment by assessing the risk associated with the validated environmental stressors, in particular fish health interactions. This work is part of the Integrated Fish Health/Wild Pacific Salmon-Farmed Salmon Interactions research plan.

Sub-program 1.3.1 - Aquaculture Management

Description

The Aquaculture Management sub-program's objective 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. 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 - Planned Spending

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
$7,057,394 $7,057,394 $3,461,211

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
52.8 52.8 42.8

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 that are related to the development of regulations and collaborative frameworks as well as public reporting 90% March 31, 2017
Efficient management of ecological and genetic risks associated with intentional movements of live aquatic organisms through licenses 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 and following the National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms 600 March 31, 2017
Bivalve shellfish harvesters comply with federal regulations Percentage rate of compliance with a suite of Fisheries Act regulations 97% March 31, 2017

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 (BCARP) is implemented under the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations under the Fisheries Act. Specific BCARP 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. BCARP ultimately ensures that aquaculture activities in the province are sustainable.

Budgetary Financial Resources - Planned Spending

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
$6,271,307 $6,271,307 $6,271,307

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
35 35 35

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 BC issued on a multi-year basis where requested by licence holders (does not apply to Discovery Islands area) 100% March 31, 2017

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 - Planned Spending

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
$14,623,113 $14,623,113 $9,063,754

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
110.3 104.4 96.4

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 sustainable aquaculture research projects which provided information and/or advice to policy and decision makers 90% March 31, 2017