Small Craft Harbours (SCH) is a nationwide program of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. With the help of more than 5000 volunteers nationally, SCH operates and maintains a national system of harbours to provide commercial fish harvesters and other harbour users with safe and accessible facilities. The mandate of SCH is to keep the harbours that are critical to the fishing industry open and in good repair.The fishing industry is an important part of the Canadian culture and economy and small craft harbours are crucial to the fishing industry. SCH is currently responsible for 1057 harbours, including 911 fishing harbours and 146 recreational harbours. Together, these harbours include almost 6000 structures valued at approximately $2.1B. Nearly 90% of all fishing landings in Canada, valued at approximately $1.6B, occur at small craft harbours. In addition, these harbours are often the only federal presence in small coastal communities. They provide the most direct and visible link between the communities and the Canadian government. For these reasons and many more, the SCH program delivers important benefits to the Canadian population.