Fisheries Management Decisions

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) manages fisheries in accordance with the roles and responsibilities outlined in the Fisheries Act, using credible, science-based, affordable and effective practices. Key priorities for fisheries management in Canada include:

  • environmental sustainability;
  • economic viability; and
  • the inclusion of stakeholders in decision-making processes.

Fisheries decisions set out the management measures in place for a specific fishing season and are generally divided by species (or group of species) and fishing area. Information included in a fisheries decision may include:

  • opening and closing dates for the season,
  • total allowable catches,
  • and management plans.

Certain fisheries are managed through multi-year Integrated Fisheries Management Plans. In this case, seasonal adjustments may be made through the fisheries decision process and listed here.

Visit the Fisheries Openings and Closures page for ongoing fisheries management updates including variation orders and prohibition orders. The Fisheries Renewal section of the site also contains important information about fisheries management, including access and allocation to resources within Canada’s fisheries.