Marine mammal interactions at British Columbia marine finfish aquaculture sites
Marine mammal predator control is governed by the Marine Mammal Regulations under the Fisheries Act. In British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s licence conditions allow the lethal control of harbour seals and California sea lions that pose an imminent danger to human life or the aquaculture facility, should reasonable deterrent efforts fail. Records of marine mammal mortalities are maintained and results reported publicly. Additional licences can be obtained for control of other species.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada works with industry to improve marine mammal deterrent and control measures. At present, the most common system includes anti-predator netting that surrounds the facility structure on all sides and from below. Fisheries and Oceans Canada biologists conduct site audits and inspections to ensure that licence holders are complying with their licence conditions and implementing elements of their predator management plans. Aquaculture facilities must report marine mammal fatalities to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Publisher - Organization Section Name: Aquaculture, Communications
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
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|Marine mammal interactions at BC marine finfish aquaculture sites, 2011 onwards||Dataset||CSV||English||Access|
|Marine mammal interactions at BC marine finfish aquaculture sites, 2011 onwards||Dataset||CSV||French||Access|
|Marine mammal interactions at BC marine finfish aquaculture sites, 2011 onwards||Terminology||CSV||English||Access|
|Marine mammal interactions at BC marine finfish aquaculture sites, 2011 onwards||Terminology||CSV||French||Access|