To all AECOP Signatories

The Aquaculture Environmental Codes of Practice (AECOP) is reviewed and updated every five years. The final draft of the 2023 revision can be downloaded here.

This has been a very thorough revision, and we have received a lot of feedback from the various stakeholder groups that have been consulted. With that in mind please take the time to review the sections relevant to you and let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and if there are any absolute “showstoppers”.

Feedback can be supplied to the Alliance by e-mail to rd@aquaculturepei.com, with the subject “AECOP 2023 Feedback“.  Feedback should specify page and section number, and quote the text concerned.

Feedback must be received by Monday 19th of February at the latest, please.

Below you will find a list of some of the key changes in the document as they pertain to each sector.

Shellfish:

1. Removed Section 2.2 (Follow Up Monitoring), and integrated keys aspects of this as new sections as listed below:
a. Environmental Contingency Plans;
b. Environmental Complaints Process;
c. Environmental Record Keeping.

2. Removed all appendices and integrated them into the codes, where needed. This included Appendix D: Plans to Reduce Waterfowl/Aquaculture Interactions. As a result, the main text of the code provides more direction regarding shorebird and waterfowl interactions.

3. Buffer zones for birds are clarified in the text of the code.

4. Integrated the PEI AA Policy on the use of Styrofoam flotation into Section 4.14 of the code.

5. Added new section: Disaster Preparedness.

6. Added an appendix to collate reporting requirements.

7. Added an appendix with links to resources.

Finfish

1. Removed Section 2.2 Follow Up Monitoring, and integrated keys aspects of this as new sections as listed below:
a. Environmental Contingency Plans;
b. Environmental Complaints Process;
c. Environmental Record Keeping.

2. Increased emphasis on engaging and communicating with local stakeholders, like watershed groups.

3. Increased emphasis on effluent monitoring.

4. Clarified proper mortality disposal.

5. Added new section: Disaster Preparedness.

6. Added a section to collate reporting requirements.

7. Added an appendix with links to resources.