To Her Excellency
The Right Honourable Adrienne
Clarkson, C.C., C.M.M., C.D.
Governor General of Canada
May it please your Excellency:
In accordance with Section 10 of the Fisheries Development Act, I
have the honour herewith, for the information of Your Excellency and the
Parliament of Canada, to present the Annual Report on the administration of
the Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001.
The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal,
The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Room 121, East Block
House of Commons
Dear Mr. Dhaliwal:
I have the honour to submit herewith the Annual Report of Operations
under the Fisheries Development Act for the fiscal year ended
March 31, 2001, pursuant to section 10 of the said Act.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Canadian Fisheries Adjustment and Restructuring (CFAR)
Office of the Commissioner for Aquaculture Development
Fisheries Access Program
Under the provisions of the Fisheries Development Act administered by
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO),
- the Minister may undertake projects for:
- the more efficient exploitation of fishery resources and for the
exploration for, and development of, new fishery resources and new
- the introduction and demonstration to fishermen of new types of fishing
vessels and fishing equipment and new fishing techniques; and,
- the development of new fishery products for the improvement of the
handling, processing and distribution of fishery products.
- The Minister may enter into an agreement with any province providing for
the undertaking jointly with the government of the province or any agency
thereof of any project that the Minister is authorized to undertake under
- The Minister may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, enter
into an agreement with any province providing for the payment to the
province of contributions in respect of the cost of any project that is
undertaken by the government of the province or any agency thereof and
that the Minister is authorized to undertake under 1, above.
- The Minister may enter into an agreement with any person for the joint
undertaking of any project that the Minister is authorized to undertake
under 1, above, or for the payment to any person of contributions in
respect of the cost of any such project undertaken by that person.
- For the purpose of assisting in the formulation and assessment of
fisheries development projects, the Minister may undertake economic
studies alone or jointly with the government of any province or agency
thereof or with any university, educational institution or person, and may
coordinate any such studies with similar studies undertaken in Canada.
In the fiscal year 2000-2001, the federal expenditure under the Act was
valued at $130.2 million.
- Canadian Fisheries Adjustment and Restructuring (CFAR): The Canadian
Fisheries Adjustment and Restructuring Program (CFAR) is a set of
conservation, adjustment and restructuring measures undertaken on both the
Atlantic and Pacific coasts to put harvesting capacity in balance with
resource availability and ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishing
The Department's 2000-2001 budget for CFAR was $104.7 million, including
$32.6M for Pacific initiatives and $72.1 for Atlantic initiatives. The
majority of these resources, $84.2 million, were for contribution programs
related to fisheries adjustment and restructuring.
In the Atlantic regions, expenditures in 2000-2001 amounted to $26.8
million, with $25.5 million used to retire groundfish licences and $1.3
million for administration. The unused portion, $45.3 million, has been
reprofiled to 2001-02 fiscal year to address the completion of the Atlantic
Groundfish Licence Retirement Program.
In the Pacific Region, expenditures amounted to $27.0 million with $5.6
million reprofiled to 2001-02 fiscal year. Resources were used for the Pacific
Licence Retirement Program ($0.5M), Pacific Salmon Resource Rebuilding Program
($18.3M), selective fishing ($5.5), fisheries development ($1.7M) and
ocean-based tourism ($1.0M).
- Office of the Commissioner for Aquaculture Development: The 1998
Federal Budget set aside $2M in funding, in each of the next four years, for
the Office of the Commissioner for Aquaculture Development. Appointed by the
Governor-in-Council, the Commissioner functions as a champion for the
aquaculture industry. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced the
appointment of Yves Bastien, of Gaspé, Quebec, to the newly created position
of Commissioner for Aquaculture Development on December 17, 1998.
Expenditures of $2.3 million were made in 2000-2001, as the Commissioner
provided support to various aquaculture organizations, consulted with
stakeholders, and undertook scientific studies. Accomplishments for 2000-2001
included a review of the legal framework governing aquaculture in Canada, with
36 recommendations presented to Minister Dhaliwal. In addition, through its
solid working relationship with DFO, the office contributed to planning and
developing the Program for Sustainable Aquaculture announced in August 2000.
- Fisheries Access Program: The Fisheries Access Program is designed to
provide fisheries access for Aboriginal groups in order to provide them with
the opportunity to pursue a moderate livelihood. The Department's 2000-2001
budget of $104.7 million for the Fisheries Access Program included $75 million
under Phase I, and $29.7 million under the Long Term Response. Expenditures of
$74.1 million in 2000-2001 were used to provide opportunities to increase
earned income by Aboriginal groups without compromising viability within the
existing commercial fishery. Retiring commercial licences including vessels
and gear, constructing vessels and gear and purchasing or retiring fishing
effort achieved this. An unused portion of $9.2 million has been reprofiled to
2001-02 fiscal year as part of the commitment to the Long Term Response of the
Fisheries Access Program.