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We use a fisheries sustainability survey to track the performance of the fisheries we manage. This survey includes 180 fish stocks, which is just part of all the stocks we manage. We select certain stocks to survey based on their importance to:

The majority of the landings from fisheries we manage come from these fish stocks.

The survey reports on our progress in implementing our Sustainable Fisheries Framework policies.

Fish stocks reported on by the survey: 2020 results

Fish stocks reported on by the survey: 2020 results
Fish stock DFO Region Current status zone for stock
Atlantic Cod 2J3KL Newfoundland and Labrador Critical Zone
Atlantic Cod 3Ps Newfoundland and Labrador Critical Zone
Albacore Tuna - North Pacific Pacific Healthy Zone
American Lobster - LFA 3-14c Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
American Plaice - Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (4T) Gulf Critical Zone
Arctic Char - Cambridge Bay Central and Arctic Healthy Zone
Arctic Char - Cumberland Sound Central and Arctic Uncertain
Atlantic Canada Dogfish - 4VWNX - 5 Maritimes Cautious Zone
Atlantic Cod - 4X5Y Maritimes Critical Zone
Atlantic Cod - 5Zjm Maritimes Critical Zone
Atlantic Halibut - 3NOPs4VWX+5 Maritimes Healthy Zone
Atlantic Halibut - 4RST Quebec Uncertain
Atlantic Salmon - Gulf Gulf Uncertain
Atlantic Salmon - NL Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Atlantic Walrus - Baffin Bay (High Arctic) Central and Arctic Uncertain
Atlantic Walrus - Foxe Basin (Central Arctic) Central and Arctic Uncertain
Atlantic Walrus - Hudson Bay-Davis Strait (Central Arctic) Central and Arctic Uncertain
Atlantic Walrus - Penny Strait-Lancaster Sound (High Arctic) Central and Arctic Uncertain
Atlantic Walrus - South and East Hudson Bay Central and Arctic Uncertain
Atlantic Walrus - West Jones Sound (High Arctic) Central and Arctic Uncertain
Beluga - Cumberland Sound Central and Arctic Uncertain
Beluga - Northern Quebec (Nunavik) Quebec Uncertain
Bluefin Tuna - Western Atlantic National Capital Region Uncertain
Bocaccio Pacific Critical Zone
Bowhead - Eastern Canada - West Greenland (ECWG) Central and Arctic Uncertain
Canary Rockfish Pacific Healthy Zone
Capelin - 4RST Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Capelin - SA2+3KLPs Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Chinook Salmon - North Coast Pacific Uncertain
Chinook Salmon - WCVI Pacific Uncertain
Chinook Salmon - Yukon Pacific Cautious Zone
Cod - 4RS-3Pn Quebec Critical Zone
Cod - Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (4TVn) Gulf Critical Zone
Coho Salmon - North Coast Pacific Uncertain
Common Clam Quebec Uncertain
Dogfish - Inside Pacific Uncertain
Dogfish - Outside Pacific Uncertain
Dungeness Crab Pacific Healthy Zone
Eel (Large) Maritimes Uncertain
Elvers Maritimes Uncertain
Eulachon - Fraser River Pacific Uncertain
Euphausiids Pacific Uncertain
Gaspereau Maritimes Uncertain
Geoduck Pacific Healthy Zone
Giant Red Sea Cucumber Pacific Healthy Zone
Green Sea Urchin Pacific Healthy Zone
Greenland Halibut - 4RST Quebec Cautious Zone
Greenland Halibut - Cumberland Sound Central and Arctic Uncertain
Greenland Halibut - NAFO 0A and 0B Central and Arctic Healthy Zone
Greenland Halibut (Turbot) - 2-3KLMNO Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Grey Seal Quebec Healthy Zone
Gulf Shrimp (SFA 10) Quebec Cautious Zone
Gulf Shrimp (SFA 12) Quebec Healthy Zone
Gulf Shrimp (SFA 8) Quebec Healthy Zone
Gulf Shrimp (SFA 9) Quebec Healthy Zone
Haddock - 4X5Y Maritimes Uncertain
Haddock - 5Zjm Maritimes Cautious Zone
Harp Seal - Northwest Atlantic National Capital Region Healthy Zone
Herring - 2J3IKLPs Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Herring - 4R (Fall Spawner) Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Herring – 4R (Spring Spawner) Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Herring - 4S Quebec Uncertain
Herring - 4T (Fall Spawner) Gulf Cautious Zone
Herring - 4T (Spring Spawner) Gulf Critical Zone
Herring - 4VWX Maritimes Critical Zone
Herring - 5Y, 5Z (weirs) Maritimes Cautious Zone
Herring - Central Coast (Pacific) Pacific Cautious Zone
Herring - Haida Gwaii (Pacific) Pacific Critical Zone
Herring - Prince Rupert District (Pacific) Pacific Cautious Zone
Herring - Strait of Georgia (Pacific Pacific Healthy Zone
Herring - WCVI (Pacific) Pacific Cautious Zone
Icelandic Scallop - 16EF Quebec Uncertain
Intertidal Clams - Central Coast-Heiltsuk Manila Pacific Uncertain
Intertidal Clams - North Coast Haida Gwaii Razor Pacific Critical Zone
Intertidal Clams - South Coast-Vancouver Island Pacific Uncertain
Lake Trout - Great Slave Lake Central and Arctic Uncertain
Lake Whitefish - Great Slave Lake Central and Arctic Uncertain
Lingcod – Outside Pacific Healthy Zone
Lobster - 17 Quebec Healthy Zone
Lobster - Areas 19-20-21 (Gaspé) Quebec Healthy Zone
Lobster - Inshore LFA 27-33 Maritimes Healthy Zone
Lobster - Inshore LFA 34 Maritimes Healthy Zone
Lobster - Inshore LFA 35-38 Maritimes Healthy Zone
Lobster - Offshore LFA 41 Maritimes Healthy Zone
Lobster - Southern Gulf (LFA 23, 24, 25, 26A, 26B) Gulf Healthy Zone
Lobster - Zone 22 (MI) Quebec Healthy Zone
Longspine Thornyhead Pacific Uncertain
Mackerel - Atlantic (NAFO 3-4) National Capital Region Critical Zone
Narwhal - (EHA BB) Admiralty Inlet Central and Arctic Uncertain
Narwhal - East Baffin Central and Arctic Uncertain
Narwhal - Eclipse Sound Central and Arctic Uncertain
Narwhal - Northern Hudson Bay Central and Arctic Uncertain
Narwhal - Smith/Jones/Parry Central and Arctic Uncertain
Narwhal - Somerset Central and Arctic Uncertain
North Slope Dolly Varden - Big Fish, Rat, Firth, Babbage, Vittrekwa Central and Arctic Cautious Zone
Northern Shrimp - SFA 5 National Capital Region Healthy Zone
Northern Shrimp - SFA 6 National Capital Region Critical Zone
Northern Shrimp - SFA 7 National Capital Region Critical Zone
Northern Shrimp (Borealis) - Eastern Assessment Zone National Capital Region Healthy Zone
Northern Shrimp (Borealis) - SFA 1 National Capital Region Healthy Zone
Northern Shrimp (Borealis) - SFA 4 National Capital Region Cautious Zone
Northern Shrimp (Borealis) - WAZ National Capital Region Uncertain
Pacific Hake – Offshore Pacific Healthy Zone
Pacific Halibut Pacific Healthy Zone
Pacific Ocean Perch - PMFC 3CD-WCVI Pacific Healthy Zone
Pacific Ocean Perch - PMFC 5ABC-QCS Pacific Healthy Zone
Pacific Ocean Perch - PMFC 5DE-HS/DE/WHG Pacific Healthy Zone
Pacific Oyster Pacific Uncertain
Pink and Spiny Scallop Pacific Uncertain
Pink Salmon – Fraser Pacific Uncertain
Pink Salmon - Skeena-Nass Pacific Uncertain
Pollock - 4X5 (Western Component) Maritimes Cautious Zone
Queen / Snow Crab - CFA 1-12 Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Quillback Rockfish – Inside Pacific Cautious Zone
Quillback Rockfish – Outside Pacific Cautious Zone
Red Sea Urchin Pacific Healthy Zone
Redfish - 3LN Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Zone
Redfish - 3O Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Redfish - Unit 3 Maritimes Healthy Zone
Redfish (Sebastes fasciatus) Unit 1 + 2 National Capital Region Cautious Zone
Redfish (Sebastes mentella) Unit 1 + 2 National Capital Region Healthy Zone
Rock Crab - LFA 23, 24, 25, 26A Gulf Uncertain
Rougheye Rockfish Pacific Healthy Zone
Sablefish Pacific Healthy Zone
Sardine – Pacific Pacific Uncertain
Scallop - Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (SFA 21a, b, c, 22, 23, 24) Gulf Uncertain
Sea Cucumber - 3Ps Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Sea Scallop - Area 20 Quebec Cautious Zone
Sea Scallop - Inshore SFA 28 (Bay of Fundy) Maritimes Uncertain
Sea Scallop - Inshore SFA 29W Maritimes Healthy Zone
Sea Scallop - Offshore SFA 26 German, Browns Maritimes Uncertain
Sea Scallop - Offshore SFA 27, Georges Maritimes Healthy Zone
Shrimp - Scotian Shelf (SFA 13-15) Maritimes Healthy Zone
Shrimp Trawl Pacific Cautious Zone
Silver Hake - 4VWX Maritimes Healthy Zone
Skate - 3LNO Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Snow Crab - 12A Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 12B Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 12C Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 13 Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 14 Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 15 Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 16 Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 16A Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - 17 Quebec Uncertain
Snow Crab - CFA 12 (12, 18, 25, 26), 12E, 12F, 19 Gulf Healthy Zone
Snow Crab - Scotian Shelf (4X) Maritimes Cautious Zone
Snow Crab - Scotian Shelf (ENS-N) Maritimes Healthy Zone
Snow Crab - Scotian Shelf (ENS-S) Maritimes Healthy Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Fraser (Early Stuart) Pacific Critical Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Fraser (Early Summer) Pacific Critical Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Fraser (Late) Pacific Critical Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Fraser (Summer) Pacific Critical Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Nass Pacific Healthy Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Skeena Pacific Healthy Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Somass Pacific Healthy Zone
Sockeye Salmon - Stikine Pacific Healthy Zone
Southern Inside chum - Fraser Pacific Cautious Zone
Southern Inside chum - mixed stock, Johnstone Strait Pacific Healthy Zone
Spot Prawn Pacific Healthy Zone
Stimpson's Surfclam Quebec Uncertain
Striped Bass - Bay of Fundy Maritimes Uncertain
Striped Shrimp (Montagui) – Eastern Assessment Zone National Capital Region Cautious Zone
Striped Shrimp (Montagui) - SFA 4 National Capital Region Uncertain
Striped Shrimp (Montagui) - WAZ National Capital Region Uncertain
Surf Clam - Banquereau Maritimes Healthy Zone
Surf Clam - Grand Bank Maritimes Healthy Zone
Swordfish - North Atlantic Maritimes Healthy Zone
Whelk - 3PS Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
White Hake - 3NOPs Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
White Hake - 4T Gulf Critical Zone
Winter Flounder - 4RST Gulf Critical Zone
Witch Flounder - 3NO Newfoundland and Labrador Cautious Zone
Witch Flounder - 3Ps Newfoundland and Labrador Uncertain
Witch Flounder - 4RST Gulf Cautious Zone
Yelloweye Rockfish - Inside Population Pacific Critical Zone
Yelloweye Rockfish - Outside Population Pacific Uncertain
Yellowmouth Rockfish Pacific Healthy Zone
Yellowtail Flounder - 3LNO Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Zone
Yellowtail Flounder - 5Z Maritimes Critical Zone

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Sustainability survey for fisheries
National Fisheries Policy
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent Street
Ottawa ON  K1A 0E6
Email: DFO.SSF/EDP.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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