Shellfish traceability plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety, quality, and sustainability of seafood in both global and local supply chains. Traceability allows government regulators to investigate outbreaks of food illness and helps ensure only legally harvested product enters the marketplace, while recordkeeping enables traceability of all movement of shellfish from seeding to harvest and consumption.

Recordkeeping, tagging, and statistical reporting are the key elements for traceability required by all Shellfish Aquaculture (AQSF) licence holders.  Recordkeeping requirements for shellfish farmers are described in section 15 of the Shellfish Aquaculture Conditions of Licence (CoL) and How Farmed Shellfish Products are Traced Infographic.

Shellfish Product Movements - Overview
Shellfish Product Movements - Introductions
Shellfish Product Movements - Transfers
Shellfish Product Movements - Harvests


Shellfish Aquaculture Conditions of Licence (CoL)
How Farmed Shellfish Products are Traced Infographic
Traceability Best Practices
AQSF Spreadsheet
Plain Language Summary of the DFO Conditions of License
Shellfish Tagging
DFO Record Keeping Guidance
DFO Traceability Infographic
Recommended Practices for Vibrio Season
Shellfish Movement Infographic
Annual Aquaculture Statistical Report
Foam Floatation
Gear Marking
Seafloor Cleanup

Harvest Tag Printing Services

BCSGA members may receive up to 1,000 free tags to be picked up in the office or mailed at your expense for $19.42. Please allow at least 10 business days for your tags to be printed and ensure they meet the requirements of the authorities in which your product is shipped.

Additional tags or tags for non-members cost $.12/each with a minimum order of 250.

Please fill out this form (logos are not required) and email it to

If you have any questions please contact or phone Malcolm at (250) 207-4110.