New Aquatic Animal Health Program

Aug 19, 2011

The CSCB recently participated in a discussion with CFIA and viewed a presentation concerning the New Aquatic Animal Health Program.

Click here to view the presentation.

The objectives of this program are:

  • to prevent the introduction and spread within Canada of aquatic animal diseases, and
  • to ensure healthy and sustainable aquatic resources.


Key points of the presentation include:

  • Starting in December of 2011, import permits will be required for aquatic animals susceptible to regulated diseases.
  • All finfish, molluscs, and crustaceans listed in Schedule III of the Health of Animals Regulations will need import permits.
  • Permit applications need to be submitted prior to importation.
  • CFIA will be modifying HS-OGD codes.
  • Unless otherwise indicated by AIRS, Zoosanitary Certificates signed by competent authority in foreign country will need to accompany imports.
  • For live animals and high risk end uses, inspections will be required.
  • Inspections must be pre-arranged.


CFIA has produced two brochures relating to this program. They can be accessed at the following links:  Aquatic Animal Diseases and Aquatic animal health in Canada.

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