Fish Inspection Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. F-12)

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2005-12-12. Previous Versions

Fish Inspection Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. F-12

An Act respecting the inspection of fish and marine plants


Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Fish Inspection Act.

  • R.S., c. F-12, s. 1.


Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,


« contenant »

“container” means any type of receptacle, package, wrapper or confining band used in packing or marketing fish;


« établissement »

“establishment” means any place where fish are processed for export or stored for export;


« poisson »

“fish” means any fish, including shellfish and crustaceans, and marine animals, and any parts, products or by-products thereof;

“inspection certificate”

« certificat d’inspection »

“inspection certificate” means a certificate of inspection issued under this Act;


« inspecteur »

“inspector” means a person designated as an inspector pursuant to section 17;

“marine plant”

« plante marine »

“marine plant” includes Irish moss, kelp and other salt water plants, and any products or by-products thereof;


« ministre »

“Minister” means the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food;


« transformation »

“processing” includes cleaning, filleting, icing, packing, canning, freezing, smoking, salting, cooking, pickling, drying or preparing fish for market in any other manner.

  • R.S., 1985, c. F-12, s. 2;
  • 1997, c. 6, s. 52.


Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may, for the purpose of regulating the export or import of fish and containers, make regulations

  • (a) prescribing grades, quality and standards of fish;

  • (b) defining, for the purposes of section 10, the expressions "tainted", "decomposed" and "unwholesome";

  • (c) respecting the processing, storing, grading, packaging, marking, transporting and inspection of fish;

  • (d) respecting the quality and specifications for containers and the marking and inspection of containers;

  • (e) requiring the registration of establishments and the licensing of persons engaged as principals or agents in the export or import of fish or containers;

  • (f) prescribing the requirements for the equipment and sanitary operation of establishments, of premises operated by an importer for the purpose of importing fish, and of any boats, vehicles or other equipment used in connection with an establishment or in connection with fishing or the import or export of fish;

  • (g) prescribing fees for registration of establishments, issue of licences and grading and inspection services;

  • (h) prohibiting the sale or offering for sale or holding in possession for sale of any fish or containers under any grade name or standard prescribed by regulations made under this Part unless all the requirements of this Part and the regulations thereunder with respect thereto have been complied with, or under any name calculated to mislead or deceive;

  • (i) prescribing the manner in which samples of any fish may be taken;

  • (j) prohibiting or restricting any export or import of, or any attempt or offer to export or import, any fish or containers unless all the requirements of this Part and the regulations thereunder with respect thereto have been complied with; and

  • (k) establishing requirements governing the seizure and detention of fish and containers.

  • R.S., 1985, c. F-12, s. 3;
  • 1997, c. 6, s. 53.