Aquatic animal health science

Programs and research supporting the health of aquatic animals such as shellfish and marine mammals.

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As part of the ongoing development of the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) was notified on December 7, 2015 that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will implement the final portion of NAAHP, the Domestic Movement Control Program (DMCP), effective December 31, 2015. Under DMCP, CFIA will enact new measures, such as zonation and permitting, to support domestic movements of aquatic animals. As of this date, DFO will no longer exercise its authority under the FHPR, including the Manual of Compliance, and intends to move forward with the repeal of the FHPR to remove regulatory overlap with the DMCP.

For more information and questions on CFIA’s Domestic Movement Control Program, please visit the CFIA website at Notice to Industry Change to federal management of aquatic disease in Canada.

Services and information

National Aquatic Animal Health Program

Research and surveillance programs on pathogens that affect finfish, shellfish and crustaceans.

DFO Laboratory System

The DFO labs that make up the laboratory system and provide quality diagnostics and research.

Geoduck clam

The morphology and disease agents affecting the health of this species on the West Coast of Canada.

Piscine Reo-virus (PRV)

The current scientific knowledge on this emerging pathogen on the West Coast of North America.

Infectious diseases and parasites of shellfish

Descriptions of diseases and parasites affecting commercially exploited shellfish species globally.

Sea lice

The various types of sea lice research conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Centre of Expertise on Marine Mammals

Links experts across Canada with researchers working on the ecology and health of marine mammals.

Otolith Research Lab

How scientists and students use otoliths (earstones) for studying many fish populations.

What we are doing

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