Importation of Aquatic Animals, listed under Schedule III of the Health of Animals Regulations, will now be controlled through a permit process administered via the CFIA. The purpose is to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic animal disease in Canada.
For Aquatic Animals caught outside the 200 mile limit listed in Schedule III of the Regulations, an Aquatic Animal Health Permit will be required.
The requirements for permits do not apply for processed packaged/ready to eat products and eviscerated fish and exemptions will apply for pet fish and personal use.
The CFIA will work with industry via a grace period starting the end of October 2011, to allow for transition of the new National Aquatic Animal Health Program.
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AgraPoint Quality and Food Safety team