Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS)

The Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) coordinates the production of peer reviewed science advice for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). DFO’s six Regions conduct their science advisory processes independently, tailored to regional requirements.  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 the annual advisory schedule to meet the current needs of the Department and to identify emergent issues.

CSAS also coordinates communication of the results of the scientific review and advisory processes. Science Advisory Reports on the status of fish populations, invertebrate and marine mammal stocks, environmental and ecosystem overviews, Research Documents featuring detailed scientific information, as well as Proceedings of peer review meetings can be downloaded from this web site.  

Services and information

Science Advisory Schedule

Peer review addresses scientific questions related to fisheries and ocean management in Canada and the conservation of marine and freshwater resources. Use the online tool to access information about upcoming reviews and past advisory processes.


CSAS provides access to a collection of publications including Science Advisory and Stock Status Reports. Find publications by year, or use the Search function to locate Science Advisory Reports, Science Responses, Research Documents and Proceedings.

Processes, Policies & Guidelines

CSAS maintains high standards for communication and documentation methods and processes. Access the list of links to directives, including policies and standards.

Contact CSAS and the Centres for Science Advice (CSA)

Get in touch with the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat in the National Capital Region, and Centres for Science Advice around the country. Includes email addresses for general enquiries.