Sustainable Fisheries Framework

The Sustainable Fisheries Framework provides the basis for ensuring that Canadian fisheries support conservation and sustainable use of resources.

The framework:

We developed the framework through public consultation. We’ll use it with other policies and initiatives to develop environmentally sustainable fisheries. This supports economic prosperity in the industry and in fishing communities.

Conservation and sustainable use policies

We’ve adopted policies that use precautionary approaches and support the adoption of ecosystem approaches into fisheries management decisions. They help us to:

Policies showing Canada’s commitment to the precautionary approach and the principles of ecosystem-based fisheries management include:

Other conservation and sustainable use policies include:

We may add new policies on relevant topics to the framework over time.

Planning and monitoring tools

Planning and monitoring tools that let us apply sustainable use policies to fisheries management include: