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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

We are a federal institution, responsible for safeguarding our waters and managing Canada's fisheries and oceans resources.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) helps to ensure healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystems through habitat protection and sound science. We support economic growth in the marine and fisheries sectors, and innovation in areas such as aquaculture and biotechnology.

Services and information


Fishing licences, permits and funding programs related to fishing, aquaculture and marine mammal harvest.


Sustainable aquaculture, licences, regulations, statistics and reporting.

Marine navigation

Navigation and marine conditions, search and rescue, lighthouses and small craft harbours.

Aquatic species

Aquatic species in Canadian waters, including fished, farmed and those that are invasive or at risk.


Science data, advice, and research about aquatic environments, fish, marine mammals and climate change.

Fish habitat

Fish habitat types, assessments, threats, and highlights.

Projects near water

Project reviews and authorizations, fish and fish habitat protection, information about federal contaminated sites.

Protecting oceans

Marine conservation targets and protected areas, network planning and oceans management.

Regional websites

Fisheries information by management region.


The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

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