Freshwater/land-based aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act - Part B. General conditions of license

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Freshwater/land-based condition of license

1. Introduction or transfer of finfish

1.1 Under this licence, the licence holder is permitted to transfer fish to this facility from another facility possessing a valid aquaculture licence issued pursuant to section 3 of the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations provided that the following conditions are met:

  1. The fish are live Atlantic or Pacific salmonids;
  2. The species being transferred are the same as those licensed by this document;
  3. For salmonid species, transfers occur within the same Salmonid Transfer Zone as described in Appendix I; and
    1. The mortalities, excluding eggs or larvae, in any stock reared at the source facility have not exceeded 1% per day due to any infectious diseases, for any four consecutive day period during the rearing period;
    2. No stock at the source facility is known to have had any disease or disease agent listed in Appendix II.

1.2 The licence holder shall not discharge water from any shipping container into public waters when transporting fish overland.

2. Introduction or transfer of shellfish

2.1 Under this licence, the licence holder is permitted to transfer live seed, spat, juvenile shellfish (except Geoduck, Sea Cucumber or Sea Urchin) to or from the licensed facility and another licensed facility possessing a valid aquaculture licence provided that;

  1. The species being transferred are the same as those licensed by this document;
  2. The receiving facility possesses a valid aquaculture licence for the species;
  3. The licensed facility(ies) are within the following Shellfish Transfer Zones (as identified in Appendix III (Figure 1 Map of Shellfish Transfer Zones) and are licensed for:
    1. Manila Clam (Venerupis philipinarum) – may transfer within all Zones; to Zone 5 from any zone; or between Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4;
    2. Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) – may transfer within or between Zones 1 and 2;
    3. Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) - may transfer within or between Zones 3, 4, and 5;
    4. Kumamoto Oyster (Crassostrea sikamea) – may transfer within Zone 4 only;
    5. For all other licensed species – may transfer within the same Zone only; and
  4. The shellfish at the source licensed facility do not display any observable symptoms of significant diseases as listed in Appendix IV (Shellfish Disease of Regional, National or International Concern) or other infectious agents of concern to the Introductions and Transfers Committee.

3. Fish health and mortalities

3.1 The licence holder must ensure that the fish cultivated in the licensed facility are given care and attention consistent with their biological requirements.

3.2 The licence holder must undertake reasonable and lawful husbandry practices to minimize infections, predator interactions and control disease.

3.3 The licence holder must keep complete and accurate records of animal health in the licensed facility, including: outbreaks of disease, resulting treatments and preventative measures.

3.4 The licence holder must notify the AQFF.FishHealth@dfo-mpo.gc.ca immediately upon discovery a mortality event, with as much of the detail set out in Appendix V as possible.

3.5 The licence holder shall provide a complete written report of the mortality event reported under Section 3.4 not later than 10 calendar days following the event to AQFF.FishHealth@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, using the form in Appendix V.

3.6 The licence holder must put in place and follow the procedures set out below to deal with mortality events, including:

  1. The regular collection of carcasses and transfer to sealed containers;
  2. The regular collection of stored carcasses and transfer to approved disposal or processing facilities, or abide by requirements for safe disposal on private land; and
  3. Sanitation of carcass storage containers or other handling equipment according to direction available from the Department or Veterinarians.

4. Escape prevention and reporting

4.1 All equipment, materials and structures employed at the facility must be designed, constructed, installed, inspected and maintained in a manner intended to prevent escapes from the facility.

4.2 The licence holder must ensure that inlet and outlet screens are designed, installed, and maintained in such a manner as to prevent the entrapment, entrainment, or impingement of wild finfish.

4.3 The licence holder must ensure that employees, agents and contractors, take all reasonable measures to prevent the escape of any cultivated fish from the facility and must take immediate corrective action to control, mitigate, remedy, and prevent further escape from the facility.

4.4 The licence holder must ensure that any escape, or evidence of escape of cultivated finfish from the facility, or during transport, is reported within 24 hours to AQFF.fishescapes@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, with as much of the detail set out in Appendix VI as possible.

4.5 The licence holder must provide a complete written report of the event reported under Section 4.4 not later than seven (7) calendar days following the event to AQFF.fishescapes@dfo-mpo.gc.ca, using the form in Appendix VI.

5. Annual aquaculture statistical report (AASR)

5.1 Not later than January 25th annually, the licence holder must complete and submit to the Department, the Annual Aquaculture Statistical Report (Appendix VII) for the previous calendar year to the following email address: fishstats@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

6. Records

6.1 The licence holder must maintain written or electronic records relating to the licensed aquaculture activities throughout the species growing cycle, for all licensed species. The records must contain the elements listed in Section 6.2.

6.2 The licence holder must record, within 24 hours, the importation or introduction of fish to the licensed area, the transfer of fish from the licensed area and harvest for market sale. The licence holder must record:

  1. Aquaculture Licence Number and Facility Reference Number;
  2. Activity date;
  3. Species common name;
  4. Lifestage;
  5. The nature of the activity (i.e. Activity Code (IP – Importation) (IN – Introduction) (TS – Transfer) (H – Harvest for Market Sale));
  6. Quantities of fish being imported;
  7. Average container weight OR total estimated weight OR estimated number of individuals;
  8. Source of fish arriving at the site (source Facility Reference Number or other); and
  9. Destination of fish leaving the site (destination site licence number, facility number, buyer, or market sale processor).

6.3 Records shall be produced upon request by a fishery officer or fishery guardian.

Requirements pertaining only to facilities rearing finfish for marine grow out

Note 1 - Licence conditions 7, 8, and 9 apply only for facilities rearing finfish for marine grow out

7. Fish health1

7.1

  1. Until December 30, 2015 only, the licence holder culturing salmonids must have in place and follow a Health Management Plan (HMP) containing the elements listed in Appendix VIII.
  2. From December 31, 2015 and thereafter, the licence holder culturing salmonids must have in place and follow the Health Management Plan (HMP) appended to this licence containing the elements listed in Appendix VIII.

7.2 The licence holder must seek veterinary service availability and options. The Veterinarian, in conjunction with facility fish health staff, is responsible for overall fish health management, for leading responses to fish health events and for disease diagnoses and writing prescriptions.

7.3 No finfish shall be introduced to the facility except in accordance with the HMP and the requirements set out in Sections 1 and 8 (Transfer of Fish).

7.4 The HMP must be kept current by the licence holder and any amendments to the HMP must be submitted to AMDReferral.XPAC@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

7.5 The licence holder must ensure that the fish cultivated in the facility are given care and attention consistent with their biological requirements.

7.6 If a mortality event is evident, the licence holder must ensure that:

  1. The Veterinarian, the fish health staff and AQFF.FishHealth@dfo-mpo.gc.ca are immediately notified as per Section 3.4;
  2. Action is taken to manage and minimize the event;
  3. Follow up measures are undertaken to determine the cause of the outbreak and the efficacy of the management measures; and
  4. A response plan is implemented to contain an infectious disease, if suspected or diagnosed.

8. Transfer of fish1

8.1 Under this licence, the licence holder is permitted to transfer live Atlantic or Pacific salmon or eggs to this facility from a facility possessing a valid aquaculture licence issued pursuant to Section 3 of the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations within the same salmonid transfer zone (Appendix I: Map of Salmonid Transfer Zones), provided that:

  1. The species of live salmonid fish, including eggs, are the same as those listed on the face of this licence; and
  2. The licence holder has obtained written confirmation, executed by the source facility’s Veterinarian or fish health staff or facility manager, that in their professional judgment:
    1. Mortalities in any stock reared at the source facility have not exceeded 1% per day due to any diseases for any four consecutive day period during the rearing period;
    2. No stock at the source facility is known to have had any disease or disease agent listed in Appendix II.

8.2 The written and signed confirmation, or a copy thereof, described in licence condition 8.1(b) must

  1. Be kept at this facility and available for inspection by a fishery officer or fishery guardian; and
  2. Except for movement of harvested fish, a copy must accompany all shipments of fish to and from this facility.

9. Fish stocking, fish health and therapeutant use1

9.1 The licence holder must keep at this facility, unless otherwise indicated, complete, up-to-date and accurate written or electronic records of introductions, transfers and fish health activity for the facility. Records must include the following:

  1. Introductions, transfers, and fish health activity for the facility as listed in Appendix IX-A; and
  2. The use of all therapeutants and anesthetics as listed in Appendix IX-B.

9.2 The licence holder must provide training to site personnel to support accurate and consistent observations, recording of fish health information and maintain records of this training.

9.3 The licence holder must ensure fish health records are reviewed by the licence holder’s Veterinarian and/or fish health staff to look for patterns in fish health and disease. These reviews must be documented and kept as part of the fish health records.

9.4 The licence holder must ensure that fish health records for this facility are kept and made available upon request of the Department.

9.5 Archived records must be kept in a suitable location in a corporate office or securely stored off-site for a minimum of six years.