Shellfish aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act - Part C. Additional conditions by species or activity

This webpage is intended for informational purposes only.

1. General culture of bivalve species

In addition to conditions in Part A and Part B, where applicable, the following conditions are applicable, if licensed for any of the following species:

1.1 The licence holder shall:

  1. Land all harvested bivalves at a federally registered processing plant prior to sale for human consumption.
  2. With respect to Varnish Clam:
    1. Not seed, transplant or in any other manner engage in aquaculture activities with Varnish Clam other than harvesting, as set out in Section 6 in Part B.

1.2 No licence holder shall cultivate, store, or harvest shellfish within 125 m of any floating living accommodation, except as authorized under the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations.

1.3 If an approved Zero Discharge Waste Management Plan is in place that reduces the prohibited area to 25m, no licence holder shall cultivate, store or harvest shellfish within 25 m of any floating living accommodation, except as authorized under the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations.

1.4 No licence holder shall cultivate, store or harvest bivalves within 125 m of any finfish net pen unless an approved Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Management Plan is in place that specifies the prohibited area.

1.5 Any bivalve seed transferred to this licensed area from a licensed area having a Prohibited Area classification shall remain in growing waters with an Approved Area classification for a minimum of 12 months prior to harvest, except as authorized under the Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations.

2. General culture of sea urchin/sea cucumber

2.1 In addition to conditions in Part B, the following conditions are applicable if licensed for any of the following species:

  1. Sea Urchin:
    • Red

      Strongylocentrotus franciscanus

    • Green

      S. droebachiensis

    • Purple

      S. purpuratus

    • California Sea Cucumber

      Parastichopus californicus

2.2 Harvest Plan:

  1. Not less than 30 days prior to the first intended harvest at the licensed area, the licence holder shall submit a written Harvest Plan to the Department for approval.
  2. The Harvest Plan shall contain:
    1. a summary of Sea Cucumber or Sea Urchin seeding or husbandry activities that have taken place, including the location of seeding;
    2. the projected harvest dates; and
    3. anticipated harvest amount for the current year.
  3. The licence holder shall not harvest any Sea Urchin or Sea Cucumber without a Harvest Plan approved by the Department.
  4. The licence holder shall follow and comply with the Harvest Plan approved by the Department at all times and have it available for inspection upon the request of a Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian.

2.3 Harvest Notification:

  1. The licence holder shall notify the DFO Radio Room (PACRadioRoomRHQ@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.PACRadioRoom-SallederadioPAC.MPO@canada.ca or (fax) 604-607-4156) and Aquaculture Resource Management (Shellfish.Aquaculture@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.AQSFAQSF.MPO@canada.ca or (fax) 250-754-0391) by facsimile or electronic mail no less than 72 hours prior to any Sea Cucumber harvest, using a completed Aquaculture Harvest Notification Form (Appendix VI).
  2. The licence holder shall submit an amended Aquaculture Harvest Notification Form (Appendix VI) if harvest plans change.

2.4 Landing Reports:

  1. The licence holder shall complete an approved Sea Cucumber/Sea Urchin Aquaculture Landing Logbook form for each shipment landed. A copy of the completed landing log shall accompany each shipment of harvested Sea Cucumber or Sea Urchin from the licensed area to the buyer or processing plant.
  2. The Sea Cucumber/Sea Urchin Aquaculture Landing Logbook form shall contain the following:
    1. Licence holder’s name;
    2. DFO aquaculture facility reference number;
    3. Aquaculture facility location;
    4. BC land file number;
    5. Pacific Fishery Management Area and Subarea;
    6. Harvest date;
    7. Vessel Name, VRN#, Landing Location and Vessel Operator for deepwater sites or Beach Supervisor name for intertidal sites;
    8. Number of Sea Cucumber/Sea Urchin landed;
    9. Gross weight landed (including containers and liners);
    10. Net weight landed;
    11. Trucking company details;
    12. Final destination (Registered Processing Plant or Destination Company); and
    13. a signed declaration.
  3. The licence holder shall scan and email or fax a copy of each days Landing Logbook form(s) to the following location not later than 24 hours following product landing:

3. General culture of geoduck

3.1 In addition to conditions in Part B and Part C(1), where applicable for the species, the following conditions apply if licensed for:

  1. Geoduck (Panopea generosa)

3.2 Harvest Plan:

  1. Not less than 30 days prior to the first intended harvest at the licensed area, the licence holder shall submit a written Harvest Plan to the Department for approval.
  2. The Harvest Plan shall contain:
    1. a summary of Geoduck seeding and husbandry activities that have taken place, including the location of seeding;
    2. the projected harvest dates;
    3. anticipated harvest amount for the current year; and
    4. anticipated size of individuals to be harvested.
  3. The licence holder shall not harvest any Geoduck without a Harvest Plan approved by the Department.
  4. The licence holder shall follow and comply with the Harvest Plan approved by the Department at all times and have it available for inspection upon the request of a Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian.

3.3 Harvest Notification:

  1. The licence holder shall notify the DFO Radio Room (PACRadioRoomRHQ@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.PACRadioRoom-SallederadioPAC.MPO@canada.ca or (fax) 604-607-4156) and Aquaculture Resource Management (Shellfish.Aquaculture@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.AQSFAQSF.MPO@canada.ca or (fax) 250-754-0391) by facsimile or electronic mail no less than 72 hours prior to any Sea Cucumber harvest, using a completed Aquaculture Harvest Notification Form (Appendix VI).
  2. The licence holder shall submit an amended Aquaculture Harvest Notification Form (Appendix VI) if harvest plans change.

3.4 Harvest Container Tags:

  1. The licence holder shall attach a completed site specific tag to each container of harvested Geoduck on the vessel or beach where harvested. No container shall be left untagged on the site or during transport.
  2. The container tags shall be waterproof and provide the following information written in water resistant ink:
    1. Licence holder’s name;
    2. DFO aquaculture facility reference number;
    3. BC land file number;
    4. Aquaculture facility location;
    5. Pacific Fishery Management Area and Subarea;
    6. Harvester name;
    7. Harvest date; and
    8. The words “Aquaculture” and the common name of the shellfish harvested “Geoduck Clam”.
  3. Tags are to be visible and remain in the containers of harvested Geoduck until delivered to a registered shellfish processing plant.

3.5 Landing Reports:

  1. The licence holder shall complete an approved Geoduck Aquaculture Landing Logbook form for each shipment landed. A copy of the completed landing log must accompany each shipment of harvested Geoduck from the licensed area to the registered processing plant.
  2. The Geoduck Aquaculture Landing Logbook form shall contain:
    1. Licence holder’s name;
    2. DFO aquaculture facility reference number;
    3. Aquaculture facility location;
    4. BC land file number;
    5. Pacific Fishery Management Area and Subarea;
    6. Harvest date;
    7. Vessel Name, VRN#, Landing Location and Vessel Operator for deepwater sites or Beach Supervisor name for intertidal sites;
    8. Number of Geoduck landed;
    9. Gross weight landed (including containers and liners);
    10. Net weight landed;
    11. Trucking company details;
    12. Final destination (Registered Processing Plant or Destination Company); and
    13. a signed declaration.
  3. The licence holder shall scan and email or fax a copy of each day’s Landing Logbook form(s) to the following location not later than 24 hours following product landing: