By 2023, all seafood imported into the United States will need to demonstrate that it was harvested with U.S.-style protections
Most Canadian aquaculture operations have been exempted from new US rules require imports of marine mammal fruit to prove that they are not harmful to whales, seals and other marine mammals.
However, most wild-caught fisheries in Canada will need to demonstrate that they meet the new US standards. Beginning in 2023, all fish entering the United States that is not exempt will have to demonstrate that it was caught with protections equivalent to those used in the fisheries of the United States – a result known as a comparison is currently required by the United States Marine Corps.
The nations had until Tuesday of this week to claim comparative results.
Since the pending rule change was announced at the end of 2016, the US has created a list of foreign seafood with only two categories: those that are ‘exempt’, meaning fisheries. little or no risk; and “export”, which means that there is a very low chance that fisheries will kill or seriously injure marine mammals.
On December 1, the Fisheries and Oceans Organization of Canada (DFO) released a list of Canada’s fisheries status after Canada’s submission and screening by US authorities. DFO has stated that 166 Canadian wildcat fisheries have been designated as “exports” and 112 as “exempt”.
Nine types of farmed fish are classified as “exports” and 36 are “exempt”. This list will remain in place for the next four years. Canadian officials say they are confident the fishery here will meet the new US standards.
“Canada believes we have a very strong, world-class fisheries management regime that values the protection of marine mammals,” said Adam Burns, General Manager of Water Resources Management for DFO, further adding that Canada has implemented new protections in recent years for many years.
Tim Kennedy of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance believes that all aquaculture in Canada will eventually be exempt. “I am very confident that… the rest will be included in the exempt list,” he said.
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