A regulatory amendment to add Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) and the Giant Freshwater Prawn (Macrobachium rosenbergii) to the list of species that can be cultured under an aquaculture licence in Ontario.
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made on May 2, 2016 to proceed with the regulatory proposal as described.
The proposal was implemented by an amendment to O. Reg. 664/98 (Fish Licensing). This regulation was filed by the Registrar of Regulations May 5, 2016 and was published in the Ontario Gazette on May 21, 2016.
February 11, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA) establishes the requirement for an aquaculture licence to culture fish in Ontario. The Ontario Regulation (O. Reg. 664/98) establishes a list of species eligible for culture (Schedule B) under the authority of an aquaculture licence. Only those species listed may be legally cultured in Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has received requests to consider adding Barramundi and the Giant Freshwater Prawn to Schedule B.
Barramundi is indigenous to the tropical and semi-tropical areas of the Indo-Pacific region. Barramundi is a prized fish in the commercial fishing industry in its native range as well as a fish food product worldwide. Barramundi has been introduced for the purpose of aquaculture in many countries around the world. Several facilities in the United States currently culture Barramundi as a fish for human consumption. Currently, Barramundi is being shipped into Ontario for the live fish food market in major urban centres.
Giant Freshwater River Prawn:
The Giant Freshwater River Prawn is indigenous to South and Southeast Asia. This prawn has been imported into many other temperate and tropical areas of the world as it is favoured for aquaculture purposes. Farmed shell-on prawns are a popular food item in European and American grocery stores. Production of the prawn for the restaurant industry is expanding worldwide. This species of prawn has been cultured in the United States since the 1970s
May 5, 2016