B., British Columbia — The Canadian Association of Fish Growers has issued new rules that will require suppliers of aquatic products manufactured in British Columbia to submit to environmental audits and disclose any environmental concerns or issues.
The association announced the measures, which include a ban on using certain chemicals and a $1.5-million fine, on Thursday.
Under the new regulations, a supplier who is not compliant with environmental requirements can be subject to an enforcement action, with a maximum penalty of $5 million.
A supplier will be required to disclose any information, including: A. The name of the company and any other company that has a financial interest in the product.
A list of the chemical ingredients in the fish product.
The total weight and the specific concentration of the product in a specified volume.
The quantity of fish product that is contained in each container.
The type of the fish products.
Fishing and fisheries minister Steve Thomson said the measures will make it harder for suppliers of aquaculture products to skirt environmental and safety regulations.
“We want to ensure that we protect the public from the potential risk of chemical and biological contamination from products that are manufactured and sold in British Colombia,” he said.
Fish farmers are among those who will likely be most affected by the changes.
“It is going to take a little while for the regulations to go into effect,” said David Jankovic, president of the Vancouver Aquaculture Federation.
Jankovic is a member of the B.S. Aquacultures Association, which represents the industry.
He said the new rules will help ensure that the industry is protected from chemicals and pollutants that are found in aquacultural products.
“This will not make fish farming safer.
It will make sure that there are no problems and that the environment is protected,” he added.
This is a developing story and will be updated.