CEC Council votes against the development of a factual record concerning the British Columbia (BC) Salmon Farms submission

Montreal, 17 December 2014—On 9 December 2014, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) decided by a two-thirds majority vote in Council Resolution 14-09 to instruct the CEC Secretariat not to prepare a factual record concerning submission SEM-12-001 (BC Salmon Farms), which was filed in February 2012 by two United States-based organizations—the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations—and two Canadian submitters: the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society, and the Kwikwasu’tinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation.

Council Resolution 14-09, as well as Canada’s and Mexico’s reasons for voting against the preparation of a factual record, and the statement by the United States explaining its vote in support of the preparation of a factual record, are posted in the public registry for Submission SEM-12-001.

On 12 May 2014, the CEC Secretariat recommended to the CEC Council the development of a factual record, regarding the submitters’ assertions on Canada’s enforcement of subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act, which deals with pollution prevention, in relation to salmon aquaculture operations along the coast of British Columbia.

Articles 14 and 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) provide that the CEC Secretariat may consider a submission from members of the public and nongovernmental organizations concerning the effective enforcement of environmental law by a NAAEC Party (Canada, Mexico, or the US). The CEC has published Guidelines for Submissions on Enforcement Matters explaining the steps in the process.

For further information, please visit the CEC Submissions on Enforcement Matters website.