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Version of document from 2006-03-22 to 2011-12-09:

Fish Health Protection Regulations

C.R.C., c. 812


Regulations Respecting the Protection of Health of Fish

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Fish Health Protection Regulations.


 In these Regulations,


approved means approved by the Minister; (approuvé)


certificate means a certificate issued in accordance with section 6; (certificat)

cultured fish

cultured fish means a fish listed in Schedule I that is propagated by man in a fish culture facility and includes the eggs of such fish; (poisson d’élevage)

fish health official

fish health official means a person approved to inspect fish and fish sources for the purposes of these Regulations; (inspecteur sanitaire des poissons)


import means to bring into any province of Canada from any other country or any other province of Canada; (importer)

import permit

import permit means a permit issued pursuant to section 4; (licence d’importation)

local fish health officer

local fish health officer means a person approved as a local fish health officer in charge of the administration and enforcement of these Regulations; (agent local de protection de la santé du poisson)


Minister means the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; (ministre)

wild fish

wild fish means a fish listed in Schedule I, other than a fish propagated by man in a fish culture facility. (poisson sauvage)


  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall import cultured fish or eggs of wild fish without an import permit.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to eviscerated cultured fish.

  • SOR/92-196, s. 1


 Subject to section 5, a local fish health officer for a province may issue, to a person who applies for one, an import permit that authorizes the person to import cultured fish or the eggs of wild fish into that province.

  • SOR/97-392, s. 1(E)

 No import permit shall be issued unless the person who applies for the permit has obtained a certificate and

  • (a) the certificate indicates that no disease or disease agent listed in Schedules II to IV was detected; or

  • (b) the local fish health officer is satisfied that none of the detected diseases or disease agents indicated on the certificate will be harmful to the conservation and protection of fish in the province of importation.

  • SOR/97-392, s. 2


 A certificate required pursuant to section 5 is issued by a fish health official and

  • (a) certifies that the source of the fish was inspected in the approved manner; and

  • (b) indicates which, if any, of the diseases or disease agents listed in Schedules II to IV were detected during the inspection or inspections, as the case may be.

  • SOR/97-392, s. 2

SCHEDULE I(Section 2)Fish

All species and hybrids derived from species of fish belonging to the family Salmonidae, including the following genera:

Pacific salmonOncorhynchus spp
Danube salmon and TaimensHucho spp
Atlantic salmonSalmo spp
TroutSalmo spp
CharSalvelinus spp
GraylingThymallus spp
LenokBrachymystax spp
InconnusStenodus spp
WhitefishCoregonus spp
WhitefishProsopium spp
AyuPlecoglossus spp

SCHEDULE II(Section 6)Diseases or Disease Agents Found in Live Fish or Their Source

  • 1 Any filterable replicating agent capable of causing cytopathic effects in the cell lines of fish specified by the Minister, including but not limited to

    • (a) Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (Egtved) (Egtved virus, VHSV)

    • (b) Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis (IHNV)

    • (c) Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPNV)

  • 2 Whirling Disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)

  • 3 Ceratomyxosis (Ceratomyxa shasta)

  • 4 Furunculosis (Aeromonas salmonicida)

  • 5 [Revoked, SOR/87-645, s. 1]

  • 6 Enteric Redmouth Disease (Yersinia ruckeri)

  • SOR/87-645, s. 1
  • SOR/92-196, s. 2
  • SOR/97-392, s. 3

SCHEDULE III(Section 6)Diseases or Disease Agents Found in Dead Fish or Their Source

  • 1 Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (Egtved) (Egtved virus, VHSV)

  • 2 Whirling Disease (Myxobolus cerebralis)

  • SOR/92-196, s. 3

SCHEDULE IV(Sections 5 and 6)Diseases or Disease Agents Found in Live Fish or Their Source

  • 1 Myxobacterial infections

  • 2 Motile Aeromonad Septicemia (Motile Aeromonas sp)

  • 3 Pseudomonad Septicemia (Pseudomonas spp)

  • 4 Vibriosis (Vibrio spp)

  • 5 Bacterial Kidney Disease (Renibacterium salmoninarum)

  • SOR/87-645, s. 2
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