Shellfish aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act - Part A. Definitions

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"Approved area"
refers to the classification of a shellfish growing area which has been approved by the shellfish control authority for growing or harvesting shellfish for direct marketing.
"Aquaculture activities"
includes the seeding, cultivation and harvesting of fish, the operation of machinery including vehicles and vessels, the installation of structures and anchors and the maintenance and storage of machinery, structures and equipment.
"Biofouling"
means the organisms that attach and/or live on nets and other structures (excluding herring spawn).
"Cultivate"
means growing shellfish at any life stage within a growing area, and involves human intervention in the rearing process to enhance production through methods such as but not limited to regular stocking, feeding, or protection from predators.
"Department"
means Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
"Equipment"
is any kind of device, machinery or thing used as part of an aquaculture operation, including but not limited to work floats, trays and nets.
"Harvest"
means the removal of shellfish from the substrate, equipment or structure where they are being cultivated.
"Importation"
means bringing shellfish into British Columbia from another province or country.
"Incidental catch"
for the purposes of marine shellfish aquaculture means fish species that:
"Intertidal growing area"
means the area between high tide and chart datum.
"Licensed area"
means the area within which aquaculture activities that are authorized by the aquaculture licence may occur.
"Pacific Fishery Management Area"
means areas described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations and available at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/areas-secteurs/index-eng.htm.
"Prohibited area"
means the classification of a shellfish growing area determined by the shellfish control authority where shellfish harvesting for food purposes is not permitted.
"Salt marsh"
is a vegetated coastal ecosystem in the upper intertidal zone between land and open salt water or brackish water that is regularly flooded by the tides. It is characterized by salt-tolerant plants such as herbs (e.g. Salicornia sp.) or grasses (e.g. Scirpus sp. or Distichlis sp.).
"Seed"
means a submarket size bivalve shellfish requiring a minimum of 6 months (12 months if the source waters have been identified as having a risk of chemical contaminants, as determined by Environment and Climate Change Canada) to reach market size under normal growing conditions, and that has been gathered directly from the wild, or grown in a hatchery.
"Shellfish Aquaculture Site Management Plan"
means a site management plan or an approved harmonized Pacific Shellfish Aquaculture Application and may form a part of the Conditions of Licence.
"Structure"
means anything built or modified that is used as part of an aquaculture operation including but not limited to walls, fences, rafts, line arrays, and anchors.
"Spat"
means a bivalve mollusc in the larval stage, including when settled to the bottom or settled on a structure.
"Transfer"
means the movement of individuals of a species or population of live fish (seed, spat, eggs, juveniles or adults) to or from a licensed facility or a hatchery.
"Wet storage"
means the temporary storage of live shellfish from approved sources, intended for market, in containers or floats in natural bodies of seawater, or in tanks containing natural or synthetic seawater.