Notice to Industry
Change to federal management of aquatic disease in Canada

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OTTAWA, December 31, 2015:

On December 31, 2015, the final phase of the National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP) will be introduced. This phase involves changes in three activities. There is no risk to food safety or human health with these changes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has identified areas of Canada where reportable aquatic animal diseases are known to exist, and is therefore applying specific controls to protect unaffected areas of the country.

Where an aquatic disease has become established, the CFIA will no longer routinely order the destruction of infected fish in areas declared to be infected, except where a significant impact on wild fisheries is anticipated.

Permits may now be required to move certain finfish and mollusc species or related products out of infected areas depending on the disease status of the area of origin, the status of the area of destination and the end use.

The CFIA and the aquaculture industry, aboriginal groups, diagnostic laboratories, cryopreservation facilities, researchers and others, including government departments at the federal and provincial/territorial levels have extensively discussed the creation of domestic movement controls.

For more information about the CFIA's role in aquatic animal health, visit the CFIA website at or contact your local CFIA office. To see the areas where aquatic disease has become established, please visit Maps of Declared Areas.