Integrated Fisheries Management Plan Summary Template


Any documents/links that are posted externally on-line or released to the public in paper form must abide by the Treasury Board Official Languages Policy (i.e. English and French must be equally represented). In the case of Integrated Fisheries Management Plans (IFMPs), these documents are often quite lengthy, and are cost-prohibitive to translate in both official languages. 

In addition, departmental stakeholders are not always best served by one or both of Canada’s official languages. This template is designed to assist Regions in posting or printing relevant IFMP material externally in both official languages, and other languages as deemed appropriate to best serve clients, and is an alternative to posting the full IFMP. All translation costs are the responsibility of regions.

In all cases, the summary document is an opportunity to directly copy  some of the relevant information directly from the IFMP and leave the details in the full IFMP. The actual length of the IFMP summary document is dependent upon what information is needed to accurately portray the fishery. The format should be consistent nationally, following this template.


Integrated Fisheries Management Plan Summary

Species (including scientific name(s))
Fishing area(s)
As of 201X
Where available, insert an illustration(s) of the species.

The purpose of this Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) summary is to provide a brief overview of the information found in the full IFMP. This document also serves to communicate the basic information on the fishery and its management to DFO staff, legislated co-management boards and other stakeholders.  This IFMP provides a common understanding of the basic “rules” for the sustainable management of the fisheries resource. The full IFMP is available on request.

This IFMP summary is not a legally binding instrument which can form the basis of a legal challenge. The IFMP can be modified at any time and does not fetter the Minister's discretionary powers set out in the Fisheries Act. The Minister can, for reasons of conservation or for any other valid reasons, modify any provision of the IFMP in accordance with the powers granted pursuant to the Fisheries Act

Where DFO is responsible for implementing obligations under land claims agreements, the IFMP will be implemented in a manner consistent with these obligations.  In the event that an IFMP is inconsistent with obligations under land claims agreements, the provisions of the land claims agreements will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency. 

Signature and title of DFO approval authority

General Overview/Introduction, including map
Select information should be used from the IFMP, including type of fishery, participants, location of the fishery and an outline of the characteristics (gear types, management, and timeframe).

Stock Assessment, Science & Traditional Knowledge
<insert text>

Economic, Social, Cultural Importance
The Economics group is developing a new framework for its framework analysis which includes a ‘dashboard’ summary.  The dashboard should be included in the summary. In the meantime, the most relevant economic, social and culture information should be included.

Access and Allocations
Required text: The Minister can, for reasons of conservation or for any other any other valid reasons, modify access, allocations and sharing arrangements outlined in this IFMP in accordance with the powers granted pursuant to the Fisheries Act.

<insert text>

Governance Process
Approximately five lines describing annual advice/management cycle

Shared Stewardship Arrangements
<insert text>

Management of the Fishery
<complete attached table>

For each section, each region should provide the information that is most important for that fishery/their region. This table should address the key management issues in point form.

Compliance Plan
<insert text>

Performance Review & Plan Enhancement
<insert text>

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Contact
For additional information on this IFMP Summary or to request an electronic version of the full IFMP, please contact ____________________. Enter position and phone number.

Management of the Fishery (By-catch provided as an example
# Management Issue Objectives Management Measure

Section 4 of the IFMP


Section 5 of the IFMP

  • To reduce the by-catch in this fishery to a minimal amount

Section 7 of the IFMP

  • Introduction of new mesh size
  • New logbooks that record by-catch
  • New by-catch protocol in licence