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Canada and U.S. working together on sustainable seafood farming

Staff Writer |
Canada and the U.S. plan to collaborate on environmental management of marine net pen aquaculture to help secure a sustainable future for seafood farming.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the US Department of Commerce, which have been working together on aquaculture science and policy development since 2014, have produced a report reviewing the regulatory requirements and management approaches in each country.

The report focuses on geographic areas in which significant commercial-scale net pen aquaculture farms currently operate – namely, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, and Nova Scotia and the US coastal states of Maine and Washington.

It highlighted that both countries have implemented legislative and regulatory measures for net pen aquaculture in the areas of siting and management of aquaculture operations, habitat and water quality, fish health and therapeutants, genetics and fish escapes, and other living marine resource interaction.

The report found that both Canada and the United States have robust regulatory mechanisms in place to manage net pen aquaculture.

It also highlights the complex regulatory system for net pen aquaculture in Canada and the United States with both regimes relying on numerous federal, provincial/state, local, and tribal government requirements.

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