Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS)

The Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) coordinates the peer review of scientific issues for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The different Regions of Canada conduct their resource assessment reviews independently, tailored to regional characteristics and stakeholder needs. CSAS facilitates these regional processes, fostering national standards of excellence, and exchange and innovation in methodology, interpretation, and insight. CSAS works with the Regions to develop integrated overviews of issues in fish stock dynamics, ocean ecology and use of living aquatic resources, and to identify emergent issues quickly.

CSAS also coordinates communication of the results of the scientific review and advisory processes. Reports on the status of fish, invertebrate and marine mammal stocks, environmental and ecosystem overviews, research documents featuring detailed scientific information, as well as proceedings of peer review meetings are available from CSAS or, in many cases, can be downloaded from this web site.