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Fisheries programs and initiatives

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

Beneficial Ownership Survey

Understanding who is benefitting from commercial fisheries access in Canada.

Ecosystems approach to fisheries management

Advancing consideration of ecosystem variables in the management of fisheries in Canada.

Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program

Financial support for fish harvesters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program (Ghost Gear Fund)

The fund encourages Canadians to take actions to reduce plastic in the marine environment.

British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund

Funding to support wild Pacific salmon and the sustainability of British Columbia’s fish and seafood sector.

Sustainable fish and seafood

The Canadian fish and seafood market meets the highest standards for safety and sustainability. Learn how Canada manages its fisheries and aquaculture in a sustainable way.

Ministerial Advisory Panel on the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation

Advisory panel established to explore ways to transform the FFMC so it remains modern and competitive in today’s open market. The panel will explore new governance and ownership models that support collaboration and cooperation amongst fish harvesters and involve them in decision making.

Sustainable Fisheries Resource Advisory Council of Canada

About the council and links to their reports.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program

Funding for clean technologies and processes that reduce environmental impacts of fishery and aquaculture activities.

Atlantic Fisheries Fund

The Atlantic Fisheries Fund is a contribution program funded jointly by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. It will invest more than $400 million over 7 years.

Response to the Cohen Commission

We’ve acted on many of the report recommendations and continue to address the decline of sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River. 

Sustainability survey for fisheries

DFO tracks the performance of the fisheries that it manages through this survey which currently includes 159 fish stocks.

Cod stock recovery

Since the collapse of the northern cod stock, the government has undertaken considerable work aimed at facilitating its recovery.

Current efforts are aimed at stock renewal, shared stewardship, and precautionary management decision-making frameworks.

Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) program provides funding to qualifying Aboriginal groups to establish aquatic resource and oceans management bodies.

Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI) was announced in 2007 and aims to ensure that Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in the Maritimes and Gaspé Region of Quebec have the capabilities to manage and maximize access to the integrated commercial fishery that has been provided through the Marshall Response Initiative.

Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI)

Announced in 2007, PICFI is aimed at achieving environmentally sustainable and economically viable commercial fisheries, where conservation is the first priority and First Nations' aspirations to be more involved are supported.

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