Public Reporting on Aquaculture - Salmon Egg Imports

Under the authority of the Health of Animals Act, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is the lead federal agency responsible for the National Aquatic Animal Health Program. As such, the CFIA now has regulatory responsibility for monitoring the importation of salmon eggs into Canada, including those destined for use in the aquaculture industry, for the presence of disease. This report will no longer be updated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), but will remain available for historical reference. For more information on salmon egg imports and the National Aquatic Animal Health Program, please visit

Atlantic salmon eggs authorized for import into B.C. from 1985 to 2012

Atlantic salmon eggs authorized for import into B.C. from 1985 to 2012
Year Maximum number of eggs authorized for import Area of origin
1985 130,000 Scotland
1986 1,144,000 Scotland
1987 1,281,000 Scotland; Washington State
1988 2,700,000 Scotland; Washington
1989 500,000 Washington State
1990 0
1991 735,000 New Brunswick; Ireland; Washington State
1992 640,000 New Brunswick; Washington State
1993 1,447,000 New Brunswick; Ireland; Washington State
1994 750,000 Washington State
1995 775,000 Washington State; Ireland
1996 1,500,000 Washington State
1997 1,600,000 Washington State
1998 2,400,000 Washington State
1999 2,400,000 Washington State
2000 2,500,000 Washington State
2001 800,000 Washington State
2002 0
2003 0
2004 4,700,000 Iceland
2005 80,000* Iceland
2006 0
2007 1,750,000 Iceland
2008 800,000 Iceland
2009 600,000 Iceland
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0  

*Although these eggs were viable and free of disease, the importing company made the decision not to cultivate them based on operational priorities. After receiving authorization from DFO, the eggs were destroyed.

N.B. July 15, 2011 – As a result of an intensive audit of departmental records and historical fish health documents, this table has been updated to clarify several points:

  • Data is now available from 1985 to 2010
  • From 2000-2010, numbers reflect the actual number of eggs imported. Numbers from 1985-1999 reflect the number of eggs requested for import through the Introductions and Transfers database.
  • Where the request for import and the actual import occurred in different years, the number of eggs imported is reflected in the actual year.