Ode to Aquaculture Activity Regulations

A week ago Wednesday,
The email came through
The regulations had passed
Indeed it was true

Discussions we’d had
Year after year
Our concerns were the same
But no one would hear

Aquaculture’s the game,
It’s now and it’s here
They said these regulations
Will make things more clear

The laws that we had
They just didn’t work
Expecting them to be followed
Was a bit of a quirk

Fisheries Act sections
Thirty-two, thirty-six and thirty-five
(Except 32 exists no more;
Now fish don’t have to be alive)

One year ago
We reviewed Gazette one
Naively enough,
We didn’t think we were done

Upon further review,
The changes appeared nil
It’s not really shocking
Government will do what it will

Thousands of comments
All of them heard
“Sincerely,” they said
“Just take our word”

Now aquaculture can use chemicals
With minimal permit
And a cursory aquatic review by
Fisheries, Health, and Environment

Helpful suggestions
We tried to make
Working the same waters,
Fishermen had a stake

Regulatory impact suggested that
New regs would work be great
Authorizations and permits
Weren’t given much weight

The regularity burden
Would be too much to bear
The impact on fisheries:
They didn’t much care

Required reporting
Seems good at first glance
A way to quantify
Deposit of deleterious substance

We were cautioned however
About what we might see
With the Privacy Act in play
And company numbers less than three

Transparency isn’t the object
It’s an an illusion at best
If it looks like they’re trying
Maybe we’ll give it a rest

We suggested reporting
Of the counts of sea lice
That seemed so easy,
We didn’t think twice

DFO having the counts
What is there to loose?
Before allowing chemical use
Wasn’t the route to choose.

DFO will do enforcement
Which for them is so exciting
Unless you have many sites,
It’s a little less inviting

“It’s all under control”
A meeting they’ve had
An afternoon of training,
What could be bad?

No more money,
Or staff, or boats
Perhaps they were issued
An invisibility cloak

They can use it to investigate
They have nothing more
And that essentially
Is the problem at the core

If government truly believes
That they can do no wrong
The willingness to govern
Isn’t so strong

A week ago Wednesday,
The email came through
The regulations had passed
Indeed it was true

Discussions we’d had
Year after year
Our concerns were the same
But no one would hear

Thousands of these comments
All of them ‘heard’
“Sincerely,” they said
“Just take our word”

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