Reports and Publications

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Federal Ocean Legislation

Fisheries Act (R.S., 1985, c. F-14)
Canada’s Oceans Act
Species at Risk Act (2003)

Federal Ocean Planning

Canada's Oceans Strategy
Canada’s Oceans Action Plan

Federal Ocean Reports

The Role of the Canadian Government in the Oceans Sector
The Role of the Provincial and Territorial Governments in the Oceans Sector

Conservation Measures – Marine Protected Areas

Other DFO Conservation Measures

Protection of Deep-Water Corals

Mandated under the Oceans Act, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) explores the complexities of our Canadian Oceans for improved understanding of our oceans’ living resources and ecosystems. At DFO, science is the basis for sound decision making regarding sustainable, viable longer-term management of our Oceans’ intertwined economy and ecology. The Department takes great pride in the scientific rigor of its studies and investigations which are lead or conducted by its internationally-recognized scientists. Based on areas and issues of marine science interests, DFO’s well-seasoned experts are called upon by several other federal departments and agencies as well as a growing number of other national and international organizations regarding key marine concerns. Every year, DFO’s scientists who form the Department’s Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) produce scientific reports ranging from studies on species at risk of depletion or extinction to environmental and ecosystem impact assessments of seismic sound. Here are some of CSAS’ Reports particularly focused on protecting our Oceans’ living resources:

Science Advice and Guidelines on Conservation of Marine Ecosystems

Science Advice and Guidelines on Sector Specific Issues

Canada’s Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems

Technical Reports


State of the physical, biological and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems.

Technical Reports

Research Documents

  • 2012 (CSAS ResDocs - 2013/032)
  • 2011 (CSAS ResDocs - 2012/072)
  • 2010 (CSAS ResDocs - 2011/054)
  • 2009 (CSAS ResDocs - 2010/053)
  • 2008 (CSAS ResDocs - 2009/022)
  • 2007 (CSAS ResDocs - 2008/013)

Summary of advisory reports

  • 2012 (CSAS SAR - 2013/028)
  • 2011 (CSAS SAR - 2012/046)
  • 2010 (CSAS SAR - 2011/032)
  • 2009 (CSAS SAR - 2010/034)
  • 2008 (CSAS SAR - 2009/030)
  • 2007 (CSAS SAR - 2008/028)
  • 2006

Detailed reports


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