Shellfish aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act

Shellfish aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act
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  1. Shellfish aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act
  2. Part A. Definitions
  3. Part B. General licence conditions(shellfish licence)
    1. Site management plan
    2. Facility installation and inspection
    3. Transfer of fish
    4. Access to wild fish
    5. Escapes or releases
    6. Incidental catch
    7. Predator control
    8. Protection of fish habitat
    9. Harvesting and handling
    10. Measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species
    11. On-board waste containment
    12. Records
    13. Annual aquaculture statistical report
    14. Administrative matters
  4. Part C. Additional conditions by species or activity
    1. General culture of bivalve species
    2. General culture of sea urchin/sea cucumber
    3. General culture of geoduck
  5. Part D. Information and requirements for shellfish aquaculture licence holder

Shellfish aquaculture licence under the Fisheries Act

Licensed for: Aquaculture

Date Issued:

Licence No: AQSF 2016

Expiry Date:

Issued to:

This licence is issued under the authority of the Fisheries Act and confers, subject to provisions of the Fisheries Act and Regulations made there under, the authority to carry out aquaculture activities including cultivation and harvest of fish and prescribed activities under the conditions included herein and/or attached hereto.

It is the responsibility of the licence holder to obtain all other forms of authorization from federal or provincial agencies that may have jurisdiction for marine finfish aquaculture facilities. As well, it is the licence holder's responsibility to be informed of, and comply with, the Fisheries Act and the regulations made there under, in addition to these conditions.

This licence, or a copy of this licence shall be kept on site at the licensed facility and be available for inspection by a Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian.

The above licence holder is authorized by this licence to carry on the business of aquaculture at the following location and for the following species:

Facility reference number Location and legal description
«Sitecommonname»
«Legaldescription»
«Landfilenumber»
«PFMA»
Licensed species

 

Site specific conditions:
This licence has no site-specific conditions.

Required record keeping and reporting: Details are contained within the attached conditions of this licence.

Compliance advisory: No person carrying out any activity under the authority of this licence must contravene or fail to comply with any condition of this licence.

The licence holder is legally required to ensure that annual fees for this licence are paid each year not later than the anniversary date of this licence. The annual licence fee must be calculated as set out in section 3 of the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations.

This licence includes further conditions that are included herein and/or attached hereto. These conditions form part of the licence and may not be removed.

Part A. Definitions

"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: https://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.

Part B. General licence conditions

Shellfish General Licence Conditions

1. Site management plan

1.1 The licence holder shall have a Shellfish Aquaculture Site Management Plan containing the elements described in Appendix I.

1.2 A submission for changes to the Shellfish Aquaculture Site Management Plan shall be made in the form of a harmonized Provincial/Federal Pacific Shellfish Aquaculture Application (available from FrontCounter BC) when the request is for:

  1. changes to species, including addition and removal;
  2. a proposed change to size of the licensed area;
  3. an addition of a floating living accommodation; or
  4. a change to infrastructure not deemed to be standard, as outlined in Appendix II. For other minor amendments to the Shellfish Aquaculture Site Management Plan, the licence holder shall notify the Department within 30 days of the change at: Shellfish.Aquaculture@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.AQSF-AQSF.MPO@canada.ca.

2. Facility installation and inspection

2.1 The licence holder shall conduct inspections of equipment, installation methods and anchoring systems at the licensed area, to ensure that equipment and structures are capable of functioning as intended in the environment where they are located in the licensed area. These inspections shall take place:

  1. when the facility is first installed and before any fish are initially introduced or transferred to the facility;
  2. any time structures or equipment are altered;
  3. as required; and
  4. at least once per year.

2.2 All sub-tidal and intertidal boundaries shall be marked clearly.

3. Transfer of fish

3.1 The licence holder may transfer live seed, spat, juveniles to or from the licensed area and another licensed facility possessing a valid aquaculture licence provided that:

  1. The species of live shellfish are listed as part of the "Species" section on the face of this licence;
  2. The receiving area possesses a valid aquaculture licence for the species;
  3. Shellfish are to be transferred only inside the Shellfish Transfer Zone within which they are licensed (see Appendix III (Figure 1 Map of Shellfish Transfer Zones).), with the following exceptions:
    1. Manila Clam (Venerupis philippinarum) may be transferred between Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 and from any zone to Zone 5. Manila Clam leaving Zone 5 may only be transported to a processing facility;
    2. Transfer of Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) may take place within a Zone as well as between Zones 1 & 2 or between Zones 3 & 4. Pacific Oyster may be transferred from Zones 3 & 4 to Zone 5, but can only be transferred from Zone 5 directly to processing facilities. Wild Pacific oysters, obtained via lawful commercial shellfish harvest, may be transferred to licensed areas without a separate Introductions and May 01, 2016 Shellfish Aquaculture Conditions of Licence Page 5 of 23 Transfers Licence, provided all applicable conditions under the Fishery (General) Regulations, Pacific Aquaculture Regulations, and Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program are met.
    3. This licence does not allow for the transfer of Geoduck, Sea Cucumber, or Sea Urchin or Varnish Clam.
  4. The shellfish at the licensed area do not display any observable symptoms of disease.
  5. While in transit between licensed facilities, the shellfish must not enter or come into contact with any growing waters.

3.2 A copy of this licence shall accompany all movements of fish to and from the licensed area, and it shall be available for inspection by a Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian.

4. Access to wild fish

4.1 The licence holder may:

  1. collect spat of the licensed species on the licensed area;
  2. retain wild shellfish of the licensed species on the licensed area when they are harvested along with the cultivated licensed species.

5. Escapes or releases

5.1 The licence holder shall take all reasonable precautions to prevent the escape or release of cultured fish while:

  1. transporting fish on, over or through fresh or tidal waters; and
  2. transporting fish to or from the licensed area or facility.

6. Incidental catch

6.1 With the exception of Varnish Clam, which may be retained, and licenced species as prescribed in 4.1(b), every person who catches a fish incidentally must immediately return it to the water in a manner that causes it the least harm.

7. Predator control

7.1 Upon discovery of a live entangled or dead marine mammal:

  1. The licence holder shall report immediately to the Department’s Observe, Record and Report (ORR) fax line at 1-604-607-4156 or call 1-800-465-4336.
  2. If the marine mammal is alive and entangled, the licence holder shall make all reasonable attempts to free the animal without harm.
  3. Within 7 days of the incident, a written report shall be submitted to the Marine Mammal Reporting inbox: AQFF.MarineMammals@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.AQSF-AQSF.MPO@canada.ca. A report shall be filed even if the animal is released alive. The report shall include as much information as available at the time of the incident as specified in Appendix IV.

7.2 The licence holder is prohibited from using acoustical deterrent devices for marine mammals.

7.3 The licence holder shall ensure that predator exclusion devices are constructed and maintained to prevent entrapment and avoid potential injury to fish species or wildlife; and to function as intended.

8. Protection of fish habitat

8.1 The licence holder shall ensure that “Styrofoam” used for floatation is securely wrapped in containment material so as to remain intact. Any floatation material that is degrading or is otherwise no longer in use shall be removed from the marine environment and disposed of at land-based facilities.

8.2 The licence holder shall ensure that operations/activities conducted on the licensed area do not result in a build up of shell debris on the seabed.

8.3 The licence holder shall not store or leave any aquaculture equipment or structures on the licensed area unless the equipment or structures are used in that location as part of an aquaculture activity and are affixed/ secured so as not to move off the licensed area.

8.4 The licence holder shall not introduce or cause or allow the introduction of aquaculture refuse (including but not limited to infrastructure, equipment and materials) into the environment in the course of conducting aquaculture activities.

9. Harvesting and handling

9.1 In respect of tagging containers of shellfish:

  1. Prior to leaving the licensed area, all containers holding shellfish that are destined for market sale shall be marked with a visible tag identifying the following:
    1. Licence Holder Name;
    2. Species;
    3. Pacific Fishery Management Area;
    4. Land File Number;
    5. Date of Harvest; and
    6. Facility Reference Number.
  2. Tags shall be waterproof and all information shall be written in water resistant ink.

9.2 For the purposes of wet storage of market-sized bivalves, the licence holder shall not wetstore shellfish originating from areas other than the licensed area unless written approval has been received from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

9.3 Harvested oysters destined for raw consumption must be protected from the sun.

9.4 Harvested oysters destined for raw consumption must be rapidly cooled to less than 10˚C. Refrigeration (4˚C) must be maintained during storage and transportation.

10. Measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

10.1 In Pacific Fishery Management Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 and in Pacific Fishery Management Areas 23 to 27, the licence holder shall thoroughly examine harvested shellfish (oysters, clams, scallop, and mussels) for signs of European Green Crab, and rinse the harvested shellfish prior to being removed from the harvest area.

10.2 Shellfish culture gear (trays, lines, etc.) shall be thoroughly examined and rinsed prior to removal from growing areas in Pacific Fishery Management Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 and in Pacific Fishery Management Areas 23 to 27 for use in another area.

10.3 Shellfish harvested from Pacific Fishery Management Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 and from Pacific Fishery Management Areas 23 to 27 shall be wet stored or grown out only at approved licensed areas in Pacific Fishery Management Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 and in Pacific Fishery Management Areas 23 to 27.

10.4 All containers used for transport of harvested shellfish from Pacific Fishery Management Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 and from Pacific Fishery Management Areas 23 to 27 must be rinsed and all water, including transport water, must be disposed of in a manner that ensure all life stages of European Green Crab do not re-enter marine waters in other areas.

10.5 The licence holder shall not transfer or introduce or cause to introduce an aquatic invasive species beyond waters where it is currently found.

11. On-board waste containment

11.1 All vessels within the licensed area shall be equipped with a designated human waste receptacle on board. Receptacles could include a portable toilet, a fixed toilet, or other containment device as appropriate. Such devices must be made of impervious, cleanable materials and have a tight fitting lid.

11.2 Designated human waste receptacles shall be used only for the purpose intended, and shall be so secured and located as to prevent contamination of the shellfish area, or any harvested shellfish on board by spillage or leakage.

11.3 Designated human waste receptacles shall be emptied only into an approved sewage disposal system, and portable toilets or other designated human waste receptacles shall be cleaned before being returned to the vessel.

12. Records

12.1 The licence holder shall maintain written or electronic records relating to the licensed aquaculture activities throughout the species growing cycle. The records shall contain the elements listed in Section 12.2. Records shall be produced upon request by a Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian.

12.2 The licence holder shall record, within 24 hours, the importation or transfer of shellfish to the licensed area, the transfer of shellfish from the licensed area and harvest for market sale. Records shall include shellfish wet stored at the licensed area(s) from other locations prior to market sale. The licence holder shall record:

  1. aquaculture Licence Number(s), Facility Reference Numbers, or groups of Aquaculture Licence or Facility Reference Numbers associated with the licence holder for sites in the same Pacific Fishery Management Area;
  2. activity date;
  3. species common name;
  4. the nature of the activity (i.e. Activity Code (IP - Importation) (TS - Transfer) (H - Harvest for Market Sale));
  5. number of containers;
  6. container type;
  7. average container weight, OR total estimated weight OR, estimated number of individuals;
  8. source of shellfish arriving at the site (source licence number, or other);
  9. water classification of source of shellfish arriving at the site; and
  10. destination of shellfish leaving the site (destination site licence number, shellfish buyer, or market sale processor).

12.3 All transfers of shellfish that are leaving the licensed area for grow-out at another destination, (at a site held by another licence holder, or in a different Pacific Fishery Management Area), shall be accompanied by a record of the date, source, destination, species and amount of shellfish in transit.

12.4 Records for all shellfish harvested for market sale shall be maintained and recorded for each licensed site.

12.5 The licence holder shall keep and maintain a log of facility inspections conducted under Section 2.2 and of equipment maintenance actions. The facility inspection and maintenance log above shall be made available for inspection upon request of a Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian.

12.6 When harvesting oysters destined for raw consumption, the licence holder shall record the time of harvest, the water temperature at minimum harvest depth, and the ambient air temperature at the time of harvest. These records shall be made available for inspection upon request of a Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian.

13. Annual aquaculture statistical report

13.1 Starting January 25, 2017, and annually thereafter for the term of this licence, the licence holder shall complete and submit to the Department the Annual Aquaculture Statistical Report (Appendix V) for the previous calendar year to the following email address: fishstats@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.AASR-RSSA.MPO@canada.ca.

14. Administrative matters

14.1 Unless otherwise noted in specific licence conditions, all reports and submissions required by this licence shall be submitted by email, fax or mail to the Department at:

Part C. Additional conditions by species or activity

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:

Appendix I: Elements of a shellfish aquaculture site management plan

Information provided as part of the Shellfish Aquaculture Site Management Plan (the management plan for the licensed area) will, at a minimum, include the following elements:

A shellfish site management plan template, as part of the Provincial/Federal Pacific Aquaculture Application may be obtained from FrontCounter BC by the following means:

Appendix II: Standard infrastructure

The following infrastructure types are considered to be standard infrastructure in their respective culture areas, provided that the following sensitive habitats are avoided: intertidal stream channels, eelgrass beds (Zostera sp.), fish spawning areas, Species at Risk Act listed species (Endangered species, Threatened and Species of Special Concern), residences or critical habitats, salt marsh, rocky reefs, kelp beds, glass sponge (Hexactinellidae) and/or coral complexes:

Intertidal:

Deepwater:

Notifications:

If changes are made to standard infrastructure, notify the Department by email at: Shellfish.Aquaculture@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.AQSF-AQSF.MPO@canada.ca to update your Management Plan.

Non standard infrastructure:

The use of any of these infrastructures in an area not outlined above, the use of any other infrastructure, or the use of any infrastructures in sensitive habitats must be approved by the Department in the form of a Pacific Shellfish Aquaculture Application, prior to installation.

Appendix III: Introductions and transfers

Shellfish transfer zones

Figure 1 shows the five zones established for shellfish introductions and transfers in BC. These zones are generally delineated based on definable oceanographic and ecographic discrete areas (e.g. oceanic vs. inside waters). Consideration is also given to historical movements of shellfish in the aquaculture and commercial fisheries sectors for trade and commerce

The terms of a General Shellfish Transfer Licence (GSTL) specify the conditions under which licence holders may move shellstock within and between zones.

Only licensed shellfish growers will be free to move stock between licensed shellfish growing facilities within the same zone under the conditions of their Shellfish Aquaculture Licence as long as the receiving facilities are licensed for the species to be transferred (some exceptions apply).

Additional information and guidance on transfers of shellfish can be found at https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/licence-permis/intro-trans/index-eng.html or by contacting famitc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.BCITC-CITCB.MPO@canada.ca.

Map: Shellfish Transfer Zones, showing the transfer zones of
		Zone 1 - Haida Gwaii, Zone 2 - North and Central Coast, Zone 3 - Queen Charlotte Strait, Zone 4 - Georgia Strait, and Zone 5 - West Coast Vancouver Island
Figure 1. Map of Shellfish Transfer Zones

Appendix IV: Marine mammal incident report form

Please report all incidents to O.R.R. Immediately call 1-800-465-4336 or fax 1-604-607-4156

The form below must be completed and submitted within 7 days of the incident.

Company information

Company:

Facility Ref. #:

Site Name:

Contact Name:

Address:

Phone:

Email:

Dates

Reported to ORR Date/time:

 

Discovery Date/time:

File numbers

ORR #:

 

Fish Data

Species On Site:

 

 

Incident details

Animal condition

Alive, Fresh or Advanced or Moderate decomposition

Incident type

Accidental drowning / entanglement (if unknown describe as best possible)

System component

Predator net, long line, lead line, other (please specify)

 

 

 

Mitigation measures

Describe in detail the mitigation measures in place at this facility to prevent drowning and/or entanglement (these can include infrastructure and/or procedures)

 

Describe in detail the circumstances that led to the failure of these mitigation measures.

 

Describe in detail what corrective measures are being undertaken to prevent recurrence of this event. (Please include procedural and/or infrastructural modifications.)

 

Actions taken with Marine Mammal:

**DFO requests all dolphins & porpoises are collected and stored on ice until arrangements can be made for their collection & necropsy**

Comments:

 

Submit the completed form by email to Fisheries & Oceans Canada at: AQFF.MarineMammals@dfo-mpo.gc.ca and DFO.AQSF-AQSF.MPO@canada.ca

Appendix V: Annual Aquaculture Statistical Report (AASR)

Once completed, this document is confidential within the provisions of the Access to Information and Privacy Act. For Internal Use Only

Reporting Year:

Licence:

Facility

Landfile

Licence Holder:

Type:

Number:

Number:

Introduction

In British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the lead authority responsible for regulating the aquaculture industry. Production statistics collected through this form may be used for analytical and operational purposes and will be shared with other government partners for statistical use. These organizations agree to take appropriate steps to protect all sensitive personal and commercial information, and to release data only in aggregated form. In compliance with licences issued under the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations, all aquaculture licence holders are required to complete the Annual Aquaculture Statistical Report (AASR) under Section 61 of the Federal Fisheries Act.

The completed forms for each calendar year are due no later than January 25 of the following year.

Instructions for completing the AASR

Section 1 - Harvest for food market sales

Were any fish or shellfish sold for Food Market Sales?

Species (provide full common or latin name) Weight (kg) Quantity (For Shellfish Only) Quantity Unit of Measure (For Shellfish use Lbs, Dozens or Gallons) Value ($) Product Type (Round, Live, Fresh Dressed Head On, Fresh Dressed Head Off, Frozen Dressed Head On, Frozen Dressed Head Off, Fresh Fillets, Frozen Fillets, or Other (specify))
           
           
           
           

Section 2 – “U-Catch-Em” sales

Note: Section 2 only applies to Freshwater/Landbased facilities

Were there any U-Catch-Em Sales?

Species (provide full common or latin name) Average Length (cm) Total Number Total Weight (kg) Total Value ($)
         
         

Section 3 – Processing information

Were any fish or shellfish processed?

Section 4 – Sales for restocking or ongrowing purposes

Note: Include sales only – not purchases or acquisitions

Were any fish or shellfish sold for Food Market Sales?

Species (provide full common or latin name) Life Stage (Eggs, Fry/Fingerlings, Juveniles/Smolts, Adults or Seed, Larvae) Cultch Type (Shellfish Only) Number Sold in BC (not exported) Number exported Total Value ($)
           
           
           
           

Section 5 – In-zone introductions & transfer information

Note: Section 5 only applies to Freshwater/Land Based and Shellfish facilities.

Did you stock your site during the reporting year from an in-zone source?

In-zone introductions & transfers information

Complete this section if you answered “Yes” to Section 5.

Complete the table below if you answered Yes to question Section 5 AND the transfer(s) did not require a separate Introductions & Transfers Licence. Otherwise, check “Not Applicable” in the space above.

Examples for Shellfish include: Initial stocking of a site(s) with shellfish seed from a within-zone hatchery

Examples for Freshwater/Land-based include: Introduction of fish, for land-based, U-catch and other FW facilities, from a within-zone source.

Provide one line per species (i.e. all transfer data for each species should be aggregated and reported on a single line)

Species Brought on Site Source (provide aquaculture facility reference number or commercial licence number) Total Number of Fish Transferred Total Number of Transfers
       
       
       
       

Section 6 – Subtidal on-bottom shellfish seeding

Note: Subtidal refers to culture activities occurring on the bottom, below low tide.

Did you conduct subtidal shellfish seeding for any species this year?

Subtidal shellfish (on/in bottom) seeding activities

Complete this section if you answered “Yes” to Section 6.

  • 6a. If you purchased geoduck (Panopea generosa) and/or horseclam (Tresus) seed this year, attach your proof of purchase. If submitting electronically, ensure that an electronic copy of your proof of purchase is attached.
  • 6b. List all species that you seeded subtidally during the reporting year:

Species Total Area Seeded (m2) Month Seeding Activities Commenced
     
     
     
     

Section 7 – Stock on hand and future plans

Note: Section 7 only applies to Freshwater/Land Based and Shellfish facilities.

Will this site be actively culturing during the next reporting year?

If this site had any stock on hand as of December 31, list all species:

Section 8 – Declaration

Declaration: I have read all information contained on this report and it is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Name (print)

 

Signature

 

Date

 

Position in Company

 

Email address

 

Phone #

 

Appendix VI: Aquaculture harvest notification form for geoduck, sea urchin or sea cucumber

This form must be submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices noted below at least 72 hours prior to harvest of any cultured Geoduck, Sea Urchin or Sea Cucumber.

Check one:

Scheduled Harvest Date(s) (dd/mm/yy) Product Arrival Date (dd/mm/yy) Destination (Specify: the Buyer, the Processing Plant)
     
     
     
     
     

Offices for notification

DFO Radio Room, Vancouver

DFO aquaculture management, Nanaimo