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Fisheries

Licences, permits and funding programs related to fish and seal harvesting in Canada.

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Aboriginal fisheries

Programs that support Indigenous fisheries, and funding for commercial fishing and conservation.

Commercial fisheries

Fishing licences, exporting, quotas, statistics, openings and closures.

Recreational fishing

Licences, regulations, industry statistics and data.

Seals and sealing

Facts, statistics and regulations on Canada’s seal harvest, and the 6 species of seals affected.

Ghost gear

Causes, effects, reporting responsibilities and Operation Ghost.

Shellfish harvesting and safety

Harvesting areas, closures, safety practices, contamination and illness, reporting and the sanitation program.

Fisheries enforcement

Fisheries Act convictions, high seas monitoring, officer recruitment and international citations.

International management

Agreements, overfishing, global partners and trade tracking.

Fisheries programs and initiatives

Find out what we are doing to support a stable and sustainable fishing industry.

Canada’s fisheries funds

Funds that help our seafood sector meet the growing demands of a worldwide market.

Fisheries management

Programs and initiatives, enforcement activities, management plans, policies and frameworks.

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Features

Policy on Remission, April 1, 2021

Learn about the service standards, exceptions, remission calculations and payment timing.

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