Seed Import

Seed Importation Rules to BC


Please note the changes below to the introduction and transfer rules for bringing seed from outside of BC.  You will NOW need to get TWO permits where you used to only need one.


1.  Cindy Wong, contact information below, is the new Gary Caine.  She claims that her department will have a ten day turn around for your application for a permit.  So one permit will need to come from her department (DFO) and the other will need to come from CFIA as they are the animal health regulators.

2. The permitting office for CFIA is located in Calgary, with the main contact person being Dr. Gary Kruger, phone 403-292-4301.  The form needed to import seed, called a Permit to Import Aquatic Animals, is good for one year as a blanket permit.  You can access it the application form here. On the CFIA website there will be a place to sign up for email notifications of new forms, although it is expected that the new form will be translated into French and available shortly. Click here to sign up for email notifications. For a copy of the Application For Permit to Import please click here.

-It is the Introductions and Transfers Committee’s (ITC) understanding that as at December 10, 2011, CFIA will be the lead regulatory responsibility for aquatic animal health under the National Animal Aquatic Health Program (NAAHP).  This means that CFIA will be assuming the responsibilities for international movements (import and export) of aquatic animals currently regulated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). For further information on the NAAHP, please click the following link:

-At this time, shellfish growers, when intending to import seed stock, will need to obtain 2 permits – one from CFIA for the import of seed and one from the ITC for the transfer to the facility. You must have 2 valid permits in order to import.

-CFIA will be assessing the import based on fish health disease risks. This means that CFIA may require source facility fish health records, further disease tests, and other conditions for import. Those details are currently being determined.


The ITC’s mandate would be to assess the movement based on genetic and ecological concerns:

genetic: effects on the capacity of native species to maintain and transfer their current genetic identifiy and diversity to successive generations

ecosystem: effects on the distribution and abundance of native species resulting from alterations in relationships such as predation, and food and habitat availability

-Mainly, we would assess the movement based on the potential for the organism to establish itself in BC waters – risk of the organism entering into natural waters, survive long enough and in such numbers to cause negative impacts, reproduce and establish self-sustaining populations in natural waters, and extend its distribution beyond the initial site of entry.

Please click here for the Generic Mollusc Import Conditions document.

Please click here for the 2009 Molluscs Shellfish Surveillance report.

 Further information, when available, will be available on DFO’s website here or CFIA’s website here.


 Any other questions or concerns should be directed to:

Cindy Wong
Aquaculture Management Division
Fisheries Management
#200 – 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3S4
Phone/téléphone: 604-666-6831
Fax/télécopieur: 604-666-1076
Cell/Cellulaire: 604-369-7350