Salmonid enhancement program aquaculture licence - Part B. Licence conditions specific to the licence

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Part C. General conditions of licence

1. Application and licensed species

1.1 These conditions apply to the cultivation of fish in an enhancement facility owned and operated by the Department.

1.2 This licence authorizes the enhancement facility to cultivate and release species of fish and quantities as set out in the Regional Production Plan.

2. Production

2.1 The maximum production of cultivated fish from this enhancement facility shall be consistent with the Regional Production Plan.

3. Management plan

3.1 No change to the physical structure or mode of operation of the enhancement facility that deviate from the facility-specific Management Plan (Attachment I) shall be made without prior approval of the Department.

4. Transfer of fish

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

4.2 Where fish are transferred between enhancement Facilities, the following conditions shall be met prior to transfer from the source enhancement facility:

  1. mortalities in any stock reared at the source enhancement facility have not exceeded 1% per day due to infectious diseases, for any four consecutive day period during the rearing period
  2. no stock at the source enhancement facility has a clinical disease requiring treatment
  3. no stock at the source enhancement facility is known to have had any significant diseases (Appendix I - List of Significant Diseases), or other infectious agents of concern to the Department and
  4. where conditions 4.2 (a), (b) and (c) cannot be met, written approval from the Fish Health Veterinarian (FHV) is required following a risk assessment of site records, review of diagnostic reports, evaluation of stock compartmentalization, and related biosecurity measures, prior to fish being transferred

4.3 Biosecurity measures for the transfer of fish shall be consistent with the Fish Health Management Plan (FHMP).

4.4 Records of transfers and releases into and from the enhancement facility shall be provided annually to the Minister, as set out in condition 13.1.

4.5 A copy of this licence must accompany all shipments of fish between enhancement Facilities.

4.6 Only transfers within a Salmonid Transfer Zone (Appendix II) are permitted under this licence.

4.7 Where fish are moved between Salmonid Transfer Zones (Appendix II), a separate licence is required under Sections 54-57 of the Fishery (General) Regulations.

5. Fish health

5.1 The enhancement facility shall have in place and shall follow a Fish Health Management Plan (FHMP).

5.2 The FHMP shall contain all the Health Concepts and Required Elements for Enhancement Facilities set out in the Salmonid Health Management Plan (Appendix III).

5.3 No fish shall be introduced to the enhancement facility except as in accordance with the targets indicated in the Regional Production Plan.

5.4 The facility operator shall ensure that the fish cultivated in the enhancement facility are given care and attention consistent with their biological requirements.

5.5 The facility operator shall notify the Departmental FHV if there is a fish health problem:

  1. there shall be immediate notification if unexplained mortalities in any stock reared at the enhancement facility have exceeded 1% per day for a four consecutive day period and
  2. on suspicion of infectious disease, surveillance shall be increased, the FHV consulted and samples must be submitted to a FHV-approved diagnostic laboratory for diagnosis, if required

5.6 The facility operator shall keep complete and accurate records of fish health and inventory in the enhancement facility, including diagnostic test results, therapeutant use and vaccination records. (Appendices IV & V)

5.7 The facility operator shall make all fish health records available to the FHV or representative of the Department upon request.

6. Major mortality event

6.1 Fish health emergencies shall be addressed as part of the Fish Health Management Plan.

6.2 Where fish are destroyed, the procedures shall follow the FHMP unless otherwise directed by the FHV.

6.3 The facility operator shall report major mortality events to the FHV within 24 hours to discuss event management, mitigation and disposal of the mortalities. (Appendix IV)

6.4 The disposal of mortalities as well as the cleaning and disinfection of the containers in which the fish were held and the mortality collection equipment shall follow the FHMP bio-security protocols.

7. Escape prevention

7.1 The facility operator shall take all reasonable precautions to prevent the escape of cultivated fish:

  1. while transporting fish on, over or through fresh or tidal waters
  2. while transporting fish to or from the enhancement facility and
  3. while transferring fish between containment structures within the enhancement facility

7.2 The facility operator shall ensure that no person deliberately releases cultivated fish from the enhancement facility except as permitted under this licence.

8. Release of fish

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

8.2 Fish shall only be released if:

  1. there is no suspicion of infectious disease and
  2. in the last 3 months there was less than 5% cumulative mortality, after hatching, in that stock

8.3 If either of the conditions set out in condition 8.2 cannot be met, written approval by the FHV is required prior to release.

8.4 The release of fish which have had a disease outbreak requiring antibiotic therapy shall be based on a risk assessment of site records, diagnostic reports, evaluation of stock compartmentalization and related biosecurity measures.

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

8.6 Records of all releases shall be kept and reported as set out in condition 13.1.

9. Adult carcass disposal

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

9.2 A carcass placement plan shall be prepared and shall be approved by DFO prior to placing carcasses in or near fish habitat.

9.3 The written approval shall accompany all carcasses being transported for placement.

9.4 Fish that have been spawned or are in excess to spawning, not used in clause 9(1), shall be disposed of in a manner that does not impact the health of fish in fish habitat.

10. Predator control

10.1 The enhancement facility shall have in place and shall follow an up-to-date Predator Control Plan.

11. Net pen rearing

11.1 If net pens are used for marine or freshwater temporary rearing, the facility operator shall follow the conditions set out in Appendix VIII - Licence Conditions for Net Pens operated by Enhancement Facilities.

12. Records

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

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

12.3 Using Appendix V - Brood Summary Information as a guideline, the facility operator 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
    1. species
    2. age/developmental stage
    3. quantity and
    4. date of transfer to or from the source facility or water body

12.4 Using Appendix IV - Fish Health Information as a guideline, the facility operator shall maintain records of:

  1. the number on site, by species and age/developmental stage
  2. the number, by species and age/developmental stage of fish mortalities
  3. the reason for losses, diagnosis (where applicable)
  4. any treatment applied and
  5. vaccination

13. Reporting

13.1 The facility operator must report all transfers to and from the facility, as well as all releases from the facility to the

Salmonid Enhancement Program Planning and Assessment Unit
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 3S4
Fax: 604-666-0417

  1. All information listed in the Transfer and Release Summary Information as set out in Appendix VII shall be collected and reported. Records may be submitted in hard copy or electronically
  2. Reports shall be submitted by June 30 of each year for the information on spring releases and transfers
  3. Reports shall be submitted by October 31 of each year for information on summer and fall releases