The federal government is taking over responsibility from the province for managing and regulating fish farms along the B.C. coast.
An agreement on aquaculture management was signed today (December 10) between the two levels of government. It comes after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in 2009 the industry falls under federal jurisdiction.
The federal department of fisheries and oceans is set to assume licensing authority over "marine finfish, shellfish and freshwater aquaculture" on December 18, reads a DFO news release.
“The provincial government will continue to issue tenures where operations take place in either the marine or freshwater environment, licence marine plant cultivation, and manage business aspects of aquaculture such as work place health and safety within the province,” the release says.