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Fisheries management decisions

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada manages fisheries in accordance with the Fisheries Act, using credible, science-based, affordable and effective practices. Learn about our priorities for fisheries management and find past fisheries decisions.


Key priorities for fisheries management in Canada include:

Fisheries decisions

Fisheries decisions set out the management measures for a specific fishing season. They’re generally divided by species (or group of species) and fishing area. Information in a fisheries decision may include:

Certain fisheries are managed through multi-year Integrated fisheries management plans and rebuilding plans. In this case, seasonal adjustments may be made through the fisheries decision process and listed on this page.

Fisheries decisions within Canada’s 200-mile limit in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Arctic include fisheries off the coast of:

Current year decisions

Past decisions for Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Arctic

Fish stocks provisions

Fisheries and Oceans Canada manages major fish stocks listed in Schedule IX of the Fishery (General) Regulations in accordance with the fish stocks provisions (sections 6.1 to 6.3) of the Fisheries Act.

We must manage these major fish stocks at a sustainable level, or put in place rebuilding plans to rebuild depleted stocks.

Under the Act, we are required to publish notices of certain decisions made under the fish stocks provisions and their rationale. These include decisions where we have:

Notices of decision


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