Fisheries Protection Program

The mandate of the Fisheries Protection Program is to maintain the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries.

Program Changes

On November 25, 2013, the fisheries protection provisions of the Fisheries Act came into force. Our website has been updated with new information and requirements. For an overview of the changes to the Act, see Changes to the Fisheries Act.

Regulatory Partnerships

DFO has arrangements with federal agencies and provincial governments who conduct an initial review of projects, under their respective jurisdictions, to determine if they require advice or DFO review under the fisheries protection provisions of the Fisheries Act. You should contact the appropriate federal agency or provincial department before contacting DFO.

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program forms a key component of the Government of Canada’s conservation agenda as outlined in Budget 2013 and aligns with the Government’s commitment to better protect Canada’s fisheries as reflected in the recent changes to the Fisheries Act.

Expert Support for Contaminated Sites

DFO Expert Support for the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP)