2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.5 - Oceans Management


The Oceans Act and its supporting policy, Canada's Oceans Strategy, affirm Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate and role as the lead federal authority for the oceans and provide a framework for modern management of estuarine, coastal and marine ecosystems. Oceans Management involves an integrated and evidence-based approach to decisions and actions relating to the oceans. Oceans Management is interdisciplinary in nature and is conducted in collaboration with other federal departments, other levels of government, Aboriginal groups, users, and other non-government stakeholders. Building on a foundation of science, Oceans Management seeks to address a number of challenges facing Canada's oceans, such as oceans health, marine habitat loss, declining biodiversity and growing demands for access to ocean space and resources. Implementation of integrated decisions that consider ecological, social and economic impacts will result in the protection, conservation and sustainable use of Canada's oceans.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
38,351,812 38,351,812 44,883,292 43,144,082 4,792,270

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
285.5 276.2 -9.3

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Oceans-related decisions and actions are integrated and take into account the health of Canada's oceans Percentage of coastal and marine territory conserved by Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas and other effective area-based conservation measures within Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate 3%
(contributing to the national target of 10% by 2020)

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Oceans Management program continues to advance designation of existing Areas of Interest as Marine Protected Areas (MPA), where MPAs are the appropriate tool to achieve conservation objectives. In cases where an Oceans Act MPA is not deemed to be the appropriate tool, as determined through a risk approach methodology, other tools are considered (e.g. fisheries closures). The program is actively pursuing five areas of interest for future designation as MPAs within the next few years.

The program continues to work with partners through MPA network planning to develop network designs that will indicate future areas of interest for possible designation as Oceans Act MPAs. Consultations and data compilation is well underway in five select bioregions.

The program also continues the development of selection criteria for "other effective area-based conservation measures" within Fisheries and Oceans Canada's authority. These measures will be inventoried for reporting purposes and contribute to the performance target listed above. The 3% target includes measures under Fisheries and Oceans Canada authority only (i.e.Oceans Act MPAs, fisheries closures, and species at risk critical habitat).