Amendment to O. Reg. 664/98 (Fish Licensing) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to add the Pacific white shrimp to the list of species prescribed by regulation as eligible for culture under authority of an aquaculture licence
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made on February 27, 2012 to proceed with the 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 and was published in the Ontario Gazette.
April 11, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act establishes the requirement for an aquaculture licence to culture fish in Ontario, except as otherwise set out in the regulations. The regulations set out a list of species eligible for consideration for an aquaculture licence.
The species of shrimp proposed for addition to the list of species eligible for culture under authority of an aquaculture licence is the Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannemei), also known as the whiteleg shrimp. The Pacific white shrimp is a marine crustacean belonging to the family Pinaeidae and is not native to Canada.
The Pacific white shrimp is the most commonly cultured shrimp in the Western hemisphere. In North America it is known to be cultured in Alberta and several US states. However, under Ontario's existing regulations it can only be imported from outside Ontario for subsequent resale and cannot be cultured outside of an aquarium. The proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 664/98 would help diversify the aquaculture industry in Ontario and provide potential economic development opportunities. Risks with allowing the species to be cultured under controlled and secure conditions are considered to be minimal.
January 1, 2013