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Canada’s first Code of Practice for farmed fish

October 7, 2020

Canada currently has no guidelines on caring for fish farmed for food. We know that fish are sentient and have the ability to feel pain, fear and stress. That is why it is so important to tell the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) that fish welfare must come first on farms. NFACC develops the Codes of Practice, which are guidelines for the care of farm animals and serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements.

Salmon fish jumping out of water in flowing river

With your support, NFACC heard our voices and is currently developing Canada’s first Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Salmonids (salmon, trout, char). The Code development process began with a public survey, which allowed the public to submit their fish welfare concerns. This helps the Code development committee understand the kinds of issues people wish to see considered in the Code.

In this preliminary survey, 83% of respondents live in B.C., which shows that we really care about fish! Thanks to your submissions, the Code will address key topics such as sentience in fish, sea lice, feed withdrawal, stocking density, water quality, lighting, genetics and slaughter methods.

The draft Code will be released for public comment in November of this year, so stay tuned to take action and continue to show your support for fish! Subscribe to our Action Alerts to be the first to know when the comment period opens.

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