2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.1 - Integrated Fisheries Management

Description

The role of Integrated Fisheries Management is to sustainably manage Canada's fishery resources in consultation with Aboriginal groups, other federal departments, other levels of government, industry, and other stakeholders. This is accomplished through the delivery of policies, programs, and plans (i.e., Integrated Fisheries Management Plans, Conservation and Harvesting Plans, Rebuilding Plans, Recovery Strategies, and Action Plans) under the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, and related regulations. This program is necessary to promote sustainability and provide for the allocation and distribution of harvestable resources among those dependent on the fishery (Aboriginal, aquaculture for seed, spatFootnote1 and broodstockFootnote2, commercial harvesters, and recreational anglers). This program is informed by scientific assessments of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals, and is supported by the development of fisheries policies and strategies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference
(actual minus planned)
132,448,762 132,448,762 139,697,147 136,798,429 4,349,667

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
985.1 984.3 -0.8

Performance Results

Expected Results Performance Indicators Target Actual Results
Major stocks are managed within established conservation limits Percentage of major fish stocks where the harvest rate or level is at or below approved levels (e.g. removal reference, quota)Footnote3 90% by
March 31, 2015
97%
Commercial fishing industry is economically valuable Landed value of the commercial fisheryFootnote4 $2.107 billion by
March 31, 2015
$2.251 billion
Recreational fishing is an economically valuable use of fishery resources Value of the recreational fishery $8.3 billion by
March 31, 2017
$8.3 billion

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Integrated Fisheries Management program achieved its target by managing over 97% of fish stocks within established conservation limits; an increase of 0.2% compared to 2013-14. The Fishery checklist, which provides information used to monitor the management of a fishery relative to emerging sustainability standards, is currently under review. The review may identify ways that the indicator can be approved.

The value of the commercial fishery is $2.251 billion, exceeding the program's goal of $2.107 billion by 6.4%.

The Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada is conducted every five years with the most recent data available from 2010. At that time, the value of the recreational fishery was $8.3 billion. The next survey is being done in 2015 with results expected in 2016.


Sub-program 1.1.1 - Commercial Fisheries

Description

The Canadian commercial fishing industry had a landed value of approximately $2.107 billion in 2011. Under the authority of the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act, this program takes into account conservation and socio-economic factors, etc., to manage fisheries resources for the benefit of Canadians. This program integrates scientific expertise including scientific assessments (monitoring, research, and data) on the status of fish, invertebrates and marine mammals, input from Aboriginal groups, other government departments, other levels of government and stakeholders to develop and implement fishing plans. Using the Department's policy expertise, this Program develops and reviews policies, procedures and regulations to support a modern fisheries governance regime that is accountable, predictable and transparent. Commercial fisheries are managed through various mechanisms including, but not limited to licences, quotas, trap limits, escapements and bycatch. Management decisions are based on consultations with Aboriginal groups, provinces/territories, commercial fish harvesters, legislated co-management partners, non-governmental organizations and recreational anglers. The Fishery Checklist provides information used to monitor the management of a fishery relative to emerging sustainability standards, and the Catch Certification Program plays a key role in facilitating market access where there is the potential for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
127,188,406 133,041,949 5,853,543

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
962.5 966.8 4.3

Performance Results

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Stakeholders are engaged in harvest decision-making processes Percentage of major stocks in which stakeholders are provided opportunities to participate in fishery planning processes 100% by March 31, 2015 100%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

Stakeholders were provided the opportunity to participate in the fishery planning processes.


Sub-program 1.1.2 - Recreational Fisheries

Description

Recreational fishing is an important activity in Canada to approximately 3.3 million adult anglers per year, who contribute $8.3 billion to local economies across the country. Under the authority of the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act, a complex mix of federal, provincial and territorial legislative, management and coordination responsibilities for recreational fisheries has evolved over time. The Recreational Fisheries Program is guided by policies, such as the Operational Framework for Recreational Fisheries in Canada, the Atlantic Fisheries Policy Framework, Pacific New Directions and the Vision for the Recreational Fishery in British Columbia. This program focuses on emphasizing partnerships, citizen-engagement and community stewardship and promoting public awareness about conservation and the sustainable use of fishery resources. Recreational fisheries managers are also important players in the development of Integrated Fisheries Management Plans and in ensuring that recreational fisheries interests are considered when making allocation decisions. This program administers the annual National Recreational Fisheries Awards, recognizing the achievements of up to five award recipients who have made a significant contribution to Canada's recreational fisheries, either through a single project or over time.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
3,965,572 2,819,625 -1,145,947

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
22.6 17.4 -5.2

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of delays in staffing positions that were vacated because of retirements.

Performance Results

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Anglers are engaged in consultative processes to instill responsibility for shared stewardship for resource conservation and enhancement Number of consultative processes that anglers are engaged in by the Recreational Fisheries program 100 by March 31, 2015 100%

Note: Although the performance indicator states that the target will be measured by the number of consultative processes, this should have read ‘percentage', which enables officials to more accurately convey the degree of angler engagement.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

Anglers were engaged in all consultative processes by the Recreational Fisheries program, encouraging responsibility for shared stewardship for resource conservation and enhancement.


Sub-program 1.1.3 - Fisheries Science Collaborative Program

Description

The activities of the commercial fishery offer the Department a significant and unique opportunity to obtain fisheries science data related to the abundance and distribution of the fisheries resource. Through collaborative science activities with the Atlantic fishing industry, the Fisheries Science Collaborative Program enables the capture of this data and enhances core stock assessment activities while contributing to the knowledge base that supports resource management decisions. Collaborative initiatives with the Atlantic fishing industry are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that projects are aligned with fisheries science priorities and conservation requirements.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
1,294,784 936,855 -357,929

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
- - -

Performance Results

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Atlantic fishing industry collaborate to generate science data related to the abundance and distribution of the fisheries resource Percentage of collaborative program funding utilized 100% by March 31, 2015 100%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Fisheries Science Collaborative sub-program funded 22 collaborative projects in 2014-15, utilizing 100% of collaborative program funding.