Integrated Pest Management Stakeholder Engagement

Process Update 

The development of the proposed regulation amendments has been paused in order to align with federal initiatives. The federal mandate letter issued to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on December 13, 2019, includes direction to create a plan to transition from open net-pen salmon farming in coastal B.C. waters by 2025 and to introduce Canada’s first Aquaculture Act.

The province wishes to understand how these changes will impact the aquaculture industry before proceeding on any amendments to the provincial regulation.

Parties who expressed interest or submitted comments through the regulatory review consultation process will be notified directly of this change in status.

Thank you for your time and interest in the development of these proposed changes.

Proposed Changes to the IPM Regulation

The Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) was under review to update the requirements relating to aquaculture in response to concerns expressed over the release of pesticides into the marine environment.

A Regulatory Proposal outlining the intended changes was posted in October 2018, and we sought comments from First Nations, industry and stake­holders until November 30, 2018.

Following the consultation period, we reviewed the submitted comments and developed a Final Policy Update paper based on the feedback. This paper describes the final intentions that were considered for amending the IPMR.

Managing Sea Lice with Pesticides

Sea lice infestations are one of the top issues facing the aquaculture industry worldwide. An infestation of sea lice can affect the survivability of very young salmon and, in severe cases, older stock. They also can present a risk of spreading from farmed populations to wild salmon.

Aquaculture activities involving the use of pesticides to manage sea lice are regulated in B.C. under the IPMR. The regulation describes environmentally sound practices for using, storing and managing pesticides. The use of pesticides in a body of water requires a pesticide use permit issued under the IPMR.