Regional Fisheries Management Organizations

Under international law, countries are required to cooperate to manage high seas, straddling and highly migratory fish stocks. The main purpose of regional fisheries management organizations is to manage, conserve and protect these fish stocks within the mandate of their respective convention. Canada is playing a recognized leadership role in strengthening organizations through implementing greater enforcement and more accountable decision making, and developing global norms on responsible fishing.

As Canada is surrounded by three oceans, effective relations and collaboration with international partners is essential to managing shared fisheries. Canada is working with other countries and entities to lead regional fisheries management organizations towards a sustainable, science-based management approach that will ensure the sustainability of fisheries for future generations.

200-Mile Limit Map


The 200-mile exclusive economic zones of coastal States. Boundaries, dividing lines and limits on the map are indicative only and their representation does not necessarily constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favouring by the Government of Canada.

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