Aquaculture in British Columbia

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for regulation of most aspects of the aquaculture industry in BC and issues licences for marine finfish, shellfish and freshwater (or land-based) operations. Licences stipulate the volume and species that may be produced at a site and outline requirements for fish health, sea lice levels, fish containment and waste control.

The Province of BC issues tenures where operations take place in either the marine or freshwater environment, licenses marine plant cultivation, and manages business aspects of aquaculture such as work place health and safety.

We are committed to being open and transparent in our regulation and management of aquaculture in BC. An advisory process to support public engagement and consultation on issues related to aquaculture in BC is currently in development. Information will be posted to our Aquaculture consultations page as it becomes available.