Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.1 - Integrated Fisheries Management


The role of Integrated Fisheries Management is to sustainably manage Canada's fishery resources in consultation with Aboriginal groups, other federal departments, other levels of government, industry, and other stakeholders. This is accomplished through the delivery of policies, programs, and plans (i.e., Integrated Fisheries Management Plans, Conservation and Harvesting Plans, Rebuilding Plans, Recovery Strategies, and Action Plans) under the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, and related regulations. The Program is necessary to promote sustainability and provide for the allocation and distribution of harvestable resources among those dependent on the fishery (Aboriginal, aquaculture for seed, spatFootnote1 and broodstockFootnote2, commercial harvesters, and recreational fishers). The Program is informed by scientific assessments of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals, and is supported by the development of fisheries policies and strategies.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
144.4 144.4 136.5 136.6

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
1,017 1,009 1,009

Performance Measurement

Major stocks are managed within established conservation limits Percentage of major fish stocks where the harvest rate or level is at or below approved levels (e.g., removal reference, quota)Footnote3 90% by March 31, 2014
Commercial fishing industry is economically valuable Landed value of the Commercial FisheryFootnote4 $1.6 billion by March 31, 2014
Recreational fishing is an economically valuable use of fishery resources Value of the Recreational Fishery $8.3 billion by March 31, 2014

Theme III

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) Target Led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target
Goal 7: Biological Resources: Sustainable production and consumption of biological resources are within ecosystem limits Percentage of major fish stocks where the harvest rate or level is at or below approved levels Sustainable fisheries: Improve the management and conservation of major stocks

Note: In 2013-14, the government will finalize the second three-year cycle of the FSDS (2013-16), which will provide the basis for year-end performance reporting in 2013-14.

Theme III

Planning Highlights - Improving Fisheries Management Priority

  • The Multi-Year Approach - Implement the second year of the multi-year approach to science advice on stock status and fisheries management as outlined in the multi-year schedule.
  • Policy Framework for Catch Reporting and Monitoring - Draft a risk-based national catch monitoring policy framework, including policy standards, criteria, and tools to guide decisions regarding catch reporting and monitoring in individual or categories of fisheries. This is a multi-year initiative; the framework will be finalized in future years.
  • Fisheries Systems Modernization Project - Develop an integrated, national fisheries management information and licensing system consolidating licensing, quota management, and catch and effort reporting, and migrate current regional systems information to the new system.
  • Policy Framework for the Allocation of Fish for Financing Purposes - Develop a policy framework, including eligibility criteria, guidelines, tools, and processes, implementing the Minister's authority to allocate fish, fishing gear, and equipment for financing scientific and fisheries management activities.
  • Fisheries Management Policies - Continue development and implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Framework, including policies, tools, and guidelines, for application in all major fisheries on Canadian stocks. The policies are implemented incrementally in a phased approach based on regional and national priorities.
Theme III

Planning Highlights - Advancing Management and Operational Excellence Priority

  • External Client Service Standards - Develop external client service standards to be posted on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website collecting client/stakeholder feedback for continuous learning and improvement.

The Integrated Fisheries Management Program is delivered through four sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture: