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Increasing sustainability of aquaculture

Target 7.2: Sustainable aquaculture – To promote the conservation and optimum use of marine resources and the aquatic environment through improved aquaculture management by 2014.

The government provides science advice and proposes risk management options related to oceans. For example, the government has research programming to support regulatory work for aquaculture and ecosystembased environmental decision-making.

A complementary federal and provincial regulatory regime structure is being established to coordinate federal and provincial regulatory management measures, and to set appropriate standards of environmental protection.

In 2010, the new Pacific Aquaculture Regulations came into effect, governing activities such as licensing for fish cultivation in British Columbia. This licensing regime is consistent with the regime for other fisheries managed by the federal government, but is tailor-made to address the uniqueness of the aquaculture sector in this province.

For additional information on the Implementation Strategies that support this target, please consult the following website: Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Progress towards Target 7.2: Percentage of aquaculture managed under a science-base environmental regulatory framework

The government is proposing the release of aquaculture substances regulations to authorize specified aquaculture activities under the Fisheries Act. At the same time, a complementary federal and provincial regulatory regime structure is being established to coordinate federal and provincial regulatory management measures, and to set appropriate standards of environmental protection. The new federal regulatory regime would ensure that regulatory measures are integrated across several pieces of federal and provincial legislation and regulation.

Information for this indicator will be available on the CESI website at a later date.

Progress towards Target 7.2: Percentage of Canadian aquaculture producers certified environmentally sustainable or positioned to implement certification

Through the Aquaculture Sustainability Reporting Initiative, technical experts from the shellfish, marine finfish and freshwater fish sectors have identified certification as a key issue for sustainability reporting. They will provide advice on the development of this national certification indicator.

There are a number of existing provincial, Aboriginal and industry certification programs, and the government is currently developing a national indicator on aquaculture certification in Canada.

Information for this indicator will be available on the CESI website at a later date.


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