Scientific Advice

At Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), science is the basis for sound decision making. DFO Science Sector provides information on the consequences of management and policy options, and the likelihood of achieving policy objectives under alternative management strategies and tactics.

The scope of the advisory process includes provision of all scientific advice required by operational client sectors within the Department (Fisheries and Aquaculture Management, Oceans and Habitat Management, and Policy). In addition, it provides all scientific information and advice required by other departments and agencies of the Canadian government dealing with key marine and aquatic issues such as species at risk and environmental impact assessments.

DFO's science advisory processes are managed by the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS), which publishes: