Minutes of Finfish Aquaculture Industry Advisory Panel (FAIAP) Meeting

February 14, 2013, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Boardroom 2C, DFO Headquarters, 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

Minutes of Finfish Aquaculture Industry Advisory Panel (FAIAP) Meeting 2013-02-14 [PDF]

Attendance

Guy Beaupré, Director General, Aquaculture Management Directorate
Shawn Flynn, Manager, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Aquaculture Management Directorate
Rebecca Reid, Regional Director, Fisheries Management
Diana Trager, Director, Aquaculture Management
Corey Jackson, Regional Manager, Aquaculture Programs
March Klaver, Regional Manager, Aquaculture Resource Management
Bernie Taekema, Senior Aquaculture Coordinator, Aquaculture Resource Management
Monica Fitzgerald, Governance Officer, Aquaculture Programs
Myron Roth, Aquaculture & Seafood, Policy & Industry Competitiveness Branch, BC Ministry of Agriculture
Ruth Salmon, Executive Director, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance
Mary Ellen Walling, Executive Director, BCSFA
Fernando Villarroel, Managing Director, Mainstream Canada
Tim Rundle, General Manager, Creative Salmon
Ward Griffioen, Director, Westcoast Fish Culture

Record of Discussions/Decisions

Introductions

1. Review of the Agenda and Suggested Modifications

2. Review and Approval of October 16, 2012 Meeting Minutes

2.1 October 16, 2012 FAIAP meeting minutes approved

3. Review of Action Items from October 16, 2012 meeting

3.1 Action: Diana Trager to work with DFO colleagues to set up meeting with Fish Health staff, Science staff and industry to address concerns over use of industry fish health samples for Genome BC research project – Completed

3.2 Action: DFO to develop agenda for first AMAC meeting and give guidance to industry on how to engage process (see 4.0) – To be addressed in meeting agenda

3.1 Action: BCSFA to provide potential nominees for the position of Chair of the AMAC meetings. (see 4.0) – To be addressed in meeting agenda

3.2 Action: Mary Ellen Walling to provide list of nominees from industry to participate in joint industry/DFO working group to address concerns surrounding the aquaculture licence amendment process – Completed

3.3 Action: Corey Jackson to provide further clarification to industry about the confidentiality and/or release of information provided to DFO by industry – Discussion completed; final correspondence pending from Corey Jackson

3.4 Action: Bernie Taekema to find suitable date in February 2013 for next FAIAP meeting – Completed

3.5 Action: Bernie Taekema to arrange an Ad-Hoc FAIAP meeting within a few weeks of the release of the Cohen Report being publically released – Not required

4. CAIA Update on National Strategy

4.1 Ruth Salmon, Executive Director, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, presented a PowerPoint presentation entitled “A National Strategy to Deliver Responsible Aquaculture Development in Canada”.

4.2 There was discussion surrounding the possibility of growth for the aquaculture sector in western Canada in the current regulatory environment.

5. DFO update on AMAC and IMAP Timeframe

5.1 There was discussion surrounding the March 27th Marine Finfish Aquaculture Management Advisory Committee (AMAC) meeting taking place at the Vancouver Airport Marriot in Richmond, BC and the level of participation by various stakeholder groups.

6. DFO/Industry Working Group Update

6.1 Corey Jackson provided an update from the January 18, 2013 DFO-Industry Finfish Working Group which was formed at the request of industry. This initial meeting of the group was focussed on drafting a workplan setting out priorities to advance aquaculture management in Pacific Region.

6.2 Next meeting set for February 15, 2013 in Nanaimo, BC

7. Cohen Discussion

7.1 Fisheries and Oceans is waiting for a Government of Canada signal to submit a response to the Cohen Commission recommendations.

7.2 The Fisheries and Oceans contact for Cohen items is Paul Macgillivray.

8. Licensing (fees, amendments, length of licence)

8.1 There was discussion surrounding the upcoming User Fee Act consultations and what the timing for that will be. Industry expressed concern about the length of time this was taking.

8.2 Diana Trager noted that the consultations will take place in the 2013 calendar year and the licence fee will likely be in place for the processing of the 2014 marine finfish aquaculture licence renewals.

9. Update on PNCIMA and MaPP – Industry

9.1 Industry advised DFO that they had originally participated in the marine planning processes in the 1990’s that are now being used to inform the PNCIMA and MaPP processes but were asked to leave the table. As a result, the processes currently underway do not have accurate perspectives on salmon farming locations and potential locations. Industry at present remains at the PNCIMA and MaPP tables for now and is expressing these concerns. Commercial fisheries have left the tables expressing concerns about jurisdictional issues and other concerns.

10. Public Reporting

10.1 Industry asked DFO for an annual report on the fish health data that is collected from industry. The Province of BC had prepared an annual report on fish health statistics when they had the regulatory authority for aquaculture in BC and it was a valuable tool for industry and the public. Industry feels that access to this type of information supports the Department’s goal to increase public confidence in the management of the sector.

10.2 Diana Trager stated that DFO is committed to reporting on this information and a report of this nature is in draft form. Diana Trager committed to providing industry with a table of contents for the report so that industry could see what information is contained in the document.
Action:Diana Trager to send aquaculture report table of contents to Mary Ellen Walling for information.

11. DFO update Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Regulation 11.1 Documents on the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Regulation as part of the meeting package.

11.2 Corey Jackson updated the group on the status of consultations on the AIS Regulation

12. Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) Consultation Summary – Information Only

12.1 Documents on the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative were provided as part of the meeting package at the request of industry.

12.2 Industry asked for information on First Nations consultations being held. Corey will track down this information.

13. Proposed 2013 Meeting Schedule

13.1 The proposed meeting schedule for 2013 is:

May 9, 2013
August 8, 2013
November 7, 2013