Fisheries management decisions

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:

  • economic viability
  • environmental sustainability
  • inclusion of stakeholders in decision-making processes

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:

  • management plans
  • total allowable catches
  • opening and closing dates for the season

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:

  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia, Nunavut
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec

Current year decisions

Past decisions for Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Arctic


For ongoing fisheries management updates, including variation and prohibition orders, visit the Fishery openings and closures page.

The Commercial fisheries section of the site also contains information about fisheries management, including access and allocation to resources within Canada’s fisheries.

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