Call for Input: Federal Aquaculture Act

Federal Aquaculture Act
15 Jan 2021

From Fisheries and Oceans Canada:

The purpose of this discussion paper is to gather further advice and direction from Canadians on provisions that we could address in a new Aquaculture Act.

Join in: How to participate

Participate by mail

Send a letter with your ideas and input to the address in contact information below.

Send us an email

Send an email to [email protected] with your ideas or comments to make yourself heard.

Who is the focus of this consultation

The Government of Canada will engage with:

  • the Canadian public
  • Indigenous peoples
  • provincial and territorial governments
  • industry members
  • impacted stakeholders, such as environmental non-governmental organizations

Your input will help to establish aquaculture-specific legislation that will modernize and improve aquaculture management in Canada.

Key questions for discussion

We’re working closely with provincial and territorial partners on the development of proposed legislation through the Strategic Management Committee on Aquaculture under the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers.

Based on input received from by Indigenous peoples, partners, stakeholders and the general public through previous engagement, the proposed Aquaculture Act is expected to:

  • define the term aquaculture in legislation
  • recognize the need for clarity and stability for responsible economic growth of the aquaculture sector
  • ensure environmental protections enshrined in the Fisheries Act are included and specific to aquaculture
  • develop enforcement mechanisms specific to aquaculture
  • respect provincial and territorial jurisdictions
  • respect roles and responsibilities articulated in treaties and other rights reconciliation arrangements

Please refer to the discussion paper and provide feedback on the questions included or any other issues you feel should be addressed in the proposed Aquaculture Act.

Related information

Contact us

Aquaculture Management Directorate
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St (10th floor)
Ottawa ON  K1A 0E6

Email[email protected]