Licence to conduct Salmonid Enhancement Activities - Part B. General Conditions of Licence

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1. Application and licensed species

1.1 This licence authorizes the cultivation of fish in the above mentioned enhancement facility including collection of adults, cultivation of fish in the facility, fish transfers into and from the facility, and the release from the facility of species of fish in the quantities and ages set out in the Regional Production Plan.

2. Transfer of fish

2.1 Only fish of the species, stocks and production targets listed on the Regional Production Plan may be introduced to and transferred from the enhancement facility.

2.2 Fish may only be transferred from the enhancement facility, if:

  1. no disease outbreak is apparent in the stock, and losses in the stock have been low during the entire rearing period; and
  2. the stock is not currently being treated for a disease, nor has it had an antibiotic treatment during rearing;

2.3 Where conditions 2.2 (a) or (b) cannot be met, advice from the FHV must be sought prior to transfer.

2.4 Records of transfers and releases into and from the enhancement facility (Appendix I – Brood Summary Form) shall be kept and made available upon request by DFO staff.

2.5 A copy of this licence must accompany all shipments of fish between federally licenced enhancement facilities.

3. Fish health

3.1 The fish cultivated in the enhancement facility must be given the care and attention consistent with their biological requirements.

3.2 If there is a fish health problem, it must be investigated by the licence holder or designate. The project may seek advice/assistance from the FHV directly if the licence holder or designate is not available.

3.3 All reasonable efforts shall be made at the enhancement facility to keep complete and accurate records of fish health and inventory in the enhancement facility, using Appendix II (attached) to capture the relevant information.

  1. Enhancement facilities shall follow a salmonid health management plan, which contains all the required elements and concepts to maintain fish health (Appendix III).

3.4 Major mortality events shall be reported within 24 hours to the FHV. Where the licence holder or designate is unavailable, the project shall contact the FHV directly.

3.5 Where fish must be destroyed, the licence holder shall seek the directions of the FHV.

4. Release of fish

4.1 Fish shall only be released in accordance with the Regional Production Plan.

4.2 Fish shall only be released if:

  1. no disease outbreak is apparent in the stock and losses in the stock have been low during the entire rearing period; and
  2. the stock is not currently being treated for a disease, nor has it had an antibiotic treatment during rearing;

4.3 Where conditions 4.2 (a) or (b) cannot be met, advice from the FHV must be sought prior to release.

4.4 A copy of this licence shall accompany the fish to the site of release.

4.5 The licence holder shall keep records of all releases and report them as specified in condition 7 of this licence.

5. Adult carcass disposal

5.1 Where fish carcasses are placed in streams for stream nutrification, the placement must follow the Departmental Guidelines (Appendix IV – In-Stream Placement of Salmon Carcasses for Nutrient Enrichment).

5.2 Fish that have been spawned or are in excess to spawning requirements, not used in condition 5.1, shall be disposed of in a manner that does not impact the health of fish or fish habitat.

6. Net pen rearing

6.1 If net pens are used for marine or freshwater temporary rearing, the conditions set out in Appendix V - Licence Conditions for Net Pens operated by Enhancement Facilities shall be followed.

7. Records

7.1 An up-to-date copy of all records listed below relating to the enhancement facility shall be kept by the licence holder for a period of 6 years and shall be produced upon request to a Fishery Officer or other representative of the Department.

7.2 Records shall be kept in accessible and legible format, protected from damage. They may be kept either electronically or in a paper version.

7.3 Using Appendix I – Brood Summary Form as a guideline, the licence holder shall maintain records of:

  1. the fish entering or introduced to the enhancement facility as well as all releases and transfers from the enhancement facility by
  2. species;
  3. age/developmental stage;
  4. quantity; and
  5. date of transfer to or from the source facility or water body.

7.4 Records of fish disease problems, reasons for losses, diagnosis where obtained from FHV must be kept using Appendix II, and must be made available to the FHV or representative of the Department upon request.

8. Reporting

8.1 The licence holder shall report all transfers to and from the facility, as well as all releases from the facility to the:

8.2 All information listed in Appendix I – Brood Summary Form shall be collected and reported. Records may be submitted in hard copy or electronically.

8.3 Reports shall be submitted by June 30 of each year for the information on spring releases and transfers up until June 30.

8.4 Reports shall be submitted by October 31 of each year for information on summer and fall releases up until October 31.