The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has amended the aquatic animal health requirements for Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) imported from the United States (U.S.) for the end use of dead bait. Previously, Atlantic herring for dead bait originating from the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia only required an import permit.

As of June 20, 2022, imports of Atlantic herring for dead bait from the above listed states must also be accompanied by the export certificate from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) FOR THE EXPORT OF LIVE AND DEAD, WILD-HARVESTED MARINE FINFISH AND THEIR GERMPLASM AND CRUSTACEANS FOR BAIT AND FEEDING TO AQUATIC ANIMALS FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO CANADA.

Importers should advise their exporters that the export certificates can be obtained from their local NOAA office: NOAA in Your State & Territory | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.