To help veterinarians understand new Canadian regulations for importing farm-raised live aquatic animals into Canada, the AVMA will host a webinar this Thursday, June 20, for USDA-APHIS National Center for Import & Export staff to explain the requirements. Registration is required in order to attend the webinar, which also offers 1 hour of veterinary CE.
The webinar will explain the new Canadian Food Safety Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations that first require a CFIA-issued import permit for each shipment of a number of different finfish, molluscs, and crustaceans from the U.S., which needs to be mailed or faxed to the appropriate CFIA Area Office. In addition, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI – an ‘official zoosanitary export certificate’) issued by a USDA-APHIS Category II Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by an APHIS Area Veterinarian-in-Charge (AVIC), will need to accompany each shipment.
The USDA-APHIS National Center for Import and Export provides on-line veterinary certificates and instructions (see Aquatic Animals section on the NCIE webpage) for shipments of aquatic animals to Canada.
The CFIA regulations specifically affect the importation of live ornamental or pet fish, aquatic species intended for commercial aquaculture, fish eggs, and baitfish and species used as feed for aquatic animals. The regulations will impact private aquariums, pet stores, individual hobbyists, research and diagnostic laboratories, universities and colleges using animals for educational use, and animals intended for shows and exhibitions. Regulations addressing the importation of live and un-eviscerated finfish, crustaceans and molluscs specifically intended for direct human consumption, do not require a health certificate issued by a veterinarian. CFIA provides a list of species affected by these regulations.
Get more details on the new Canadian regulations in our aquatic medicine reference guide.