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Canada to ban all large commercial fish imports from China

Canada to ban all large commercial fish imports from China

CANTON, Ont.

— Canada will ban all big commercial fish from China within its borders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Trudeau said in a speech at a fish market in Canton that the ban will apply to all commercial fish, including cod, halibut, mackerel, sardines, tuna and sardine-finned swordfish.

Canada already has strict rules around large-scale commercial fish importation, including the banning of large fish like swordfish, catfish and tuna, Trudeau said.

The new ban will not apply to the small and medium-sized commercial fish as these species are regulated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), he said.

Trudeau did not specifically name China.

A ban will only be effective on Feb. 15, 2019, he said, after a public consultation period.

Trinity is in China to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

There are more than 20,000 commercial fish processors operating in China, Trudeau added.