RSS feed

Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Web site offers you many news items through RSS feeds. Each news item includes the headline, a summary of the news and a link to the full text document found on the site. DFO is now offering three different RSS feeds. We encourage you to subscribe!

What is RSS

Rich Site Summary (RSS) or as some refer to it, Real Simple Syndication, is an XML-based format for content distribution in real time. Fisheries and Oceans Canada RSS feeds will include the date, title, summary, and a link to the full news release. If after reading a summary you want to view the full article, simply link to the full document found on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada media room.

Why use RSS?

There are a number of benefits to using RSS, including:

  • You select what news you want. RSS allows you to select the type of news and information you receive from websites.
  • You determine when you get your news. Once you download your news reader, you can customize it to go and fetch the news every five minutes, or every hour - depending on how you want it.
  • Cut down on spam. Because RSS requires you to download a news reader, you aren't subscribing to e-mail lists, which can increase your risk of getting unsolicited (spam) e-mail.

Instructions on adding a news feed to your feed reader or RSS aggregator

  • Using your mouse, right click on the RSS feed above you would like to subscribe to.
  • The pop-up menu that appears will vary based on your web browser.
  • Internet Explorer users select the "Copy Shortcut" option.
  • Users of Firefox, Netscape, Opera and other web browsers select the "Copy Link Location" option.
  • Launch your RSS aggregator or feed reader program and paste the copied URL into an "Add New Feed" window.

Detailed instructions on how to add news feeds are included in the news reader application that you choose. When news releases are issued to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada media room, you will be alerted by your aggregator. The aggregator will advise you of recently posted news releases when opened. No personal information is required to subscribe to an RSS feed.

RSS aggregators / Feed readers

There are various RSS aggregators / feed readers available for free download or for purchase on the Internet.