Archived - Notice to Industry - Reminder: Aquatic Animal Health Requirements

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April 29, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

On December 31, 2015, there was a change to the federal management of aquatic disease in Canada. Individuals, institutions or businesses that are connected to aquatic animals and their related industries are reminded of their legal obligations to obtain a permit to move certain aquatic animals and/or things.

Effective December 31, 2015, permits may be required to move certain finfish and mollusc species and things (feed, pumps, nets etc.) from one area of the province to another, or between provinces and territories. Permit requirements for finfish, molluscs or things depend on the disease status of the animal or thing's location of origin, its destination, and its end use. To determine if a permit is required to move an aquatic animal or thing, visit the CFIA website.

Domestic movement controls and reporting requirements fall under the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP). The NAAHP is a federal program, co-delivered by the CFIA and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) under the legislative authority of the Health of Animals Act. If requirements under the program are not met, the CFIA may take compliance and enforcement action which can include letters, fines and prosecution.

Stakeholders are also reminded that the CFIA has updated related policies on disease response where outbreaks occur in areas declared endemic for certain reportable diseases. In areas declared to be infected, the CFIA will no longer take the lead on disease response and order infected animals destroyed. Compensation is not available when the Minister does not order animals destroyed.

For more information about the CFIA's role in aquatic animal health, visit the CFIA website at or contact your local CFIA office.

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Questions? Contact a CFIA area or regional office for more information.