2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.4 - Salmonid Enhancement Program

Description

The Salmonid Enhancement Program supports sustainable fisheries by enabling harvest opportunities through producing fish for harvest, stock assessment, and conservation as well as supporting stewardship with partners. The program contributes directly and indirectly to sustainable harvest opportunities through the culture and release of Pacific salmon from its hatcheries and spawning channels. Through targeted enhancement efforts on key stocks, the Salmonid Enhancement Program actively contributes directly to Canada's ability to meet its obligations under the Pacific Salmon Treaty and supports secure international market access objectives for Canadian salmon products. The Salmonid Enhancement Program has been highly successful in engaging communities and the public broadly in salmon stewardship through its activities of education, community involvement, and restoration and maintenance of critical salmon habitat. The program is a contributor to Integrated Fisheries Management, particularly Commercial and Recreational Fisheries; Fisheries Protection, and the British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program and works with Aquatic Animal Health and Biotechnology and Genomics. Components of the program are coordinated with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
29,597,995 29,597,995 31,526,854 30,938,311 1,340,316

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
212.1 203.7 -8.4

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Enhanced salmon populations provide harvest opportunities Minimum percentage of enhancement facility production groups in the Integrated Fisheries Management Plans where the objective of enhancement is harvest or stock assessment 50% by March 31, 2015 53.5%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

Salmonid Enhancement program target was achieved, with production successfully supporting both targeted and mixed stock fishery harvest opportunities. The achievement of the target can be attributed to the effectiveness of the annual integrated production planning processes as well as ongoing tracking, monitoring and analysis of production data used to inform fisheries management objectives.


Sub-program 1.4.1 - Salmonid Enhancement Operations

Description

Salmonid Enhancement Operations includes the production of Pacific salmon from enhancement facilities and restored habitat, and projects that enable citizen participation in fisheries and watershed stewardship activities. Enhancement facilities include hatcheries and spawning channels that produce fish to provide harvest opportunities for First Nations, commercial, and recreational fisheries and to support vulnerable stocks and Canada's stock assessment commitments under the International Pacific Salmon Treaty. The program supports citizen participation in fisheries and watershed stewardship, habitat restoration, and enhancement projects involving the public and other government, corporate, and First Nation partners. Projects with community partners also include support for the development of integrated local and area watershed plans and stewardship activities. Salmonid Enhancement Operations also supports school education and public awareness projects.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
28,635,995 29,504,879 868,884

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
212.1 203.7 -8.4

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Vulnerable salmon stocks are supported Minimum percentage of enhancement facility production groups in the Integrated Fisheries Management Plans where the objective of enhancement is conservation and rebuilding of vulnerable stocks 25% by March 31, 2015 33.4%
First Nations, communities and external parties participate in cooperative fisheries and watershed stewardship activities at the local level Number of community stewards (First Nations, volunteers, students, etc.) participating in Salmonid Enhancement Operations supported stewardship activities 15,000 by March 31, 2015 17,450

Performance Analysis

The target of at least 25% of Salmonid Enhancement Program enhanced fish production identified in the Integrated Fisheries Management Plans as having either conservation or stock rebuilding purpose was achieved in 2014-15. Success in meeting this target can be attributed to Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Salmonid Enhancement Program working together with its internal and external partners to ensure that shared objectives for rebuilding and conservation are met.

The target for community stewards participating in Salmonid Enhancement Operations supported stewardship activities was exceeded. The Salmonid Enhancement Program's continued successful outreach and engagement efforts with the volunteer community in British Columbia ensured that high levels of volunteer participation in salmon stewardship activities in Pacific Region were achieved.


Sub-program 1.4.2 - Salmonid Enhancement Contribution Programs

Description

Salmonid Enhancement Contribution Programs provide funding to support delivery of community-based salmon and fish habitat projects. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has established contribution arrangements supporting long term collaborations with the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation. The source of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's funding contribution to these Foundations is fully offset by the revenues generated by the sale of the Pacific Salmon Conservation stamp and the Commercial Conservation surcharge on Fisher Registration Cards. Using Fisheries and Oceans Canada contributions as seed money, the Pacific Salmon Foundation supports highly leveraged, community-based salmon and fish habitat projects that conserve, restore and enhance Pacific salmon in partnership with communities, other governments, First Nation representatives and non-profit organizations. The T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation directly undertakes projects for fishing communities to protect and conserve fish and fish habitat. This Salmonid Enhancement delivery activity is funded through the Contribution to the Pacific Salmon Foundation transfer payment program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
962,000 1,433,432 471,432

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

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

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
First Nations, communities and organizations have resources to enable participation in cooperative fisheries and watershed stewardship activities Minimum percentage of funds received in the previous year by Fisheries and Oceans Canada through the Salmon Conservation Stamp that are expended as contribution payments to the Pacific Salmon Foundation and T.Buck Suzuki Foundation to support salmon enhancement, fish habitat, and stewardship projects 90% by March 31, 2015 90%

Performance Analysis

The Salmonid Enhancement Program was successful in contributing 90% of funds received in the previous year by Fisheries and Oceans Canada through the Salmon Conservation Stamp that are expended as contribution payments to the Pacific Salmon Foundation and T.Buck Suzuki Foundation to support salmon enhancement, fish habitat, and stewardship projects. The achievement of the target can be attributed to the ongoing collaboration between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.