An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Fin Donnelly  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Fisheries Act to require that, within five years from the date on which the Act comes into force, finfish aquaculture for commercial purposes be carried out in closed containment facilities. It also requires the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to prepare, table in the House and implement a plan to support the transition to the use of closed containment facilities and to protect the jobs and financial security of workers in that sector.


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Fisheries ActRoutine Proceedings

June 15th, 2011 / 3:25 p.m.
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Fin Donnelly NDP New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-225, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to re-introduce a bill which aims to strengthen the Fisheries Act by requiring British Columbia fish farms to move from harmful open net pens to safe closed containment systems.

My bill would direct the fisheries and oceans minister to develop, table and implement a transition plan to move to closed containment. The plan would also ensure that those currently working in the industry would be protected during this transition.

The people of British Columbia have been clear on this issue. They want to protect wild salmon for generations to come. Thousands of people have signed petitions or postcards urging the federal government to adopt this legislation.

The economic opportunities are real. We have the potential to be leaders in closed containment technology. Amending the Fisheries act and moving to closed containment is a step in the right direction.

I hope all members of the House will join me in supporting the bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)