On June 29, 2012, the Fisheries Act was amended. Policy and regulations are now being developed to support the new fisheries protection provisions of the Act (which are not yet in force). The existing guidance and policies continue to apply. For more information, see Changes to the Fisheries Act.
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DFO is divided into six regions where staff carries out the day-to-day delivery of the HMP: Pacific (British Columbia and the Yukon), Central and Arctic (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Northwest Territories and Nunavut), Quebec, Maritimes (Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick), Gulf (northern New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and Newfoundland and Labrador.
National Headquarters is responsible for the overall coordination, national policy direction as well as strategic advice and liaison with other departmental sectors, federal departments and national representatives of non-governmental organizations.