Fisheries programs and initiatives

Find out what we are doing to support a stable and sustainable fishing industry.

Atlantic Fisheries Fund

The Atlantic Fisheries Fund is a contribution program funded jointly by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. It will invest more than $400 million over 7 years.

Ice Assistance Emergency Program

The Ice Assistance Emergency Program has been developed to reduce the economic hardship faced by fishers in parts of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Response to the Cohen Commission

We’ve acted on many of the report recommendations and continue to address the decline of sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River. 

Sustainability Survey for Fisheries

DFO tracks the performance of the fisheries that it manages through this survey which currently includes 159 fish stocks.

Cod Stock Recovery

Since the collapse of the northern cod stock, the government has undertaken considerable work aimed at facilitating its recovery. Current efforts are aimed at stock renewal, shared stewardship, and precautionary management decision-making frameworks.

Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) program provides funding to qualifying Aboriginal groups to establish aquatic resource and oceans management bodies.

Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI) was announced in 2007 and aims to ensure that Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in the Maritimes and Gaspé Region of Quebec have the capabilities to manage and maximize access to the integrated commercial fishery that has been provided through the Marshall Response Initiative.

Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI)

Announced in 2007, PICFI is aimed at achieving environmentally sustainable and economically viable commercial fisheries, where conservation is the first priority and First Nations' aspirations to be more involved are supported.

Preserving the Independence of the Inshore Fleet in Canada's Atlantic Fisheries (PIIFCAF)

PIIFCAF was announced in April 2007 as a series of measures intended to improve the economic viability of fisheries in eastern Canada.