New aquaculture regulations simplifies process: federal Fisheries Minister

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CALGARY - Canada's fisheries minister says new aquaculture regulations announced today would cut red tape and simplify the process for the industry.

Gail Shea says the regulations would harmonize 10 federal acts that operators are currently required to consult in order to comply with safety and environmental standards.

The department says the regulations would be brought forward under the Fisheries Act and would set safety and environmental rules for operators, such as the use products to treat their fish for disease.

Shea says the changes are designed to encourage the development of the industry while ensuring the protection of fish habitats.

Ottawa says the regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette within a month and public consultations will take place over the summer and into fall.

The government started looking at a national approach to aquaculture regulation almost two years ago.

Regulation of the industry is the sole responsibility of the provincial governments except in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.

A landmark court decision in B.C. required that province to turn responsibility over to the federal government and Ottawa administers aquaculture authorizations in P.E.I. under an agreement between those two governments.

Organizations: Canada Gazette

Geographic location: CALGARY, Canada, Ottawa Prince Edward Island British Columbia B.C.

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