Fish stocking aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act - Part B. General Conditions of License

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Fish stocking Condition of License

1. Production

1.1 The maximum production of cultivated fish from this facility must be consistent with the Facility Production Plan in Attachment III.

2. Management plan

2.1 No change to the facility or mode of operation that deviates from the Facility Management Plan in Attachment II shall be made without a licence amendment.

3. Transfer of fish

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

  1. The species being transferred are the same as those licensed by this document;
  2. For salmonid species, transfers occur within the same Salmonid Transfer Zone as described in Appendix II; 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. The stock to be moved from the source facility shows no signs of clinical disease; and
    3. No stock at the source facility is known to have had any disease listed in Appendix I.
    4. A copy of this aquaculture licence accompanies all transfers of fish to and from this facility.

3.2 Biosecurity measures for the transfer of fish will be consistent with the Health Management Plan in Attachment I.

4. Fish health and mortalities

4.1 The licence holder must comply with the Health Management Plan (HMP) in Attachment I.

4.2 No fish shall be introduced to the facility unless in accordance with the Facility Production Plan in Attachment III.

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

4.4 The licence holder must notify the Fish Health Veterinarian (FHV) and AQFF.FIshHealth@dfo-mpo.gc.ca immediately if there is suspicion or evidence of a fish health event and/or mortality event.

  1. On suspicion of infectious disease, surveillance must be increased, the FHV consulted and samples must be submitted to a FHV-approved diagnostic laboratory for diagnosis if required.

4.5 The licence holder must keep complete and accurate records of fish health and inventory in the facility, including diagnostic test results, therapeutant use and vaccination records, according to Appendix IV.

4.6 The licence holder must make all fish health records available to the FHV, a fishery officer or a fishery guardian upon request.

5. Escape prevention

5.1 The licence holder must take all reasonable precautions to prevent the escape of cultivated fish

  1. from the facility, and:
  2. while transporting fish on, over or through fresh or tidal waters; and
  3. while transporting fish to or from the facility.

5.2 The licence holder must ensure that no person deliberately releases cultivated fish from the facility except as permitted under this licence.

6. Release of fish

6.1 Fish must only be released in accordance with the Facility Production Plan in Attachment III.

6.2 Fish shall only be released if

  1. the stock to be released shows no signs of clinical disease; and
  2. in the last 3 months there was less than 5% cumulative mortality in that stock.

6.3 A copy of this licence must accompany the fish to the site of release.

7. Adult carcass disposal

7.1 Fish that have been spawned or are in excess to spawning must be disposed of in a manner that does not impact the health of fish in fish habitat.

8. Predator control

8.1 The licence holder must take all reasonable precautions to prevent predatory interactions at the facility.

9. Production

9.1 Using Appendix III-Brood Summary Information as a guideline, the licence holder must maintain records of the fish entering or introduced to the facility as well as all releases and transfers from the facility by

  1. Species;
  2. Age/developmental stage;
  3. Quantity; and
  4. Date of transfer to or from the source facility or water body.

9.2 Using Appendix IV-Fish Health Information as a guideline, the licence holder must maintain records of:

  1. the number, by species and age/developmental stage, on site;
  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.

9.3 An up-to-date copy of all records listed below relating to the facility must be kept at the facility for a period of 6 years and must be produced upon request to a fishery officer or fishery guardian.

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

10. Reporting

10.1 The licence holder must report all transfers to and from the facility, as well as all releases from the facility, to famitc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

  1. All information listed in Appendix V must be collected and reported.
  2. Reports must be submitted by June 30 annually for the spring releases and transfers.
  3. Reports must be submitted by December 1 annually for the summer and fall releases and transfers.