Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Sub-program 1.1.1 - Commercial Fisheries


The Canadian commercial fishing industry had a landed value of approximately $1.6 billion in 2010. Under the authority of the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act, the Program takes into account conservation and socio-economic factors, etc., to manage fisheries resources for the benefit of Canadians. The Program integrates scientific expertise including scientific assessments (monitoring, research, and data) on the status of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals, and input from Aboriginal groups, other government departments, other levels of government, and stakeholders to develop and implement fishing plans. Using the Department's policy expertise, the Program develops and reviews policies, procedures, and regulations to support a modern fisheries governance regime that is accountable, predictable, and transparent. Commercial fisheries are controlled through various mechanisms including but not limited to licences, quotas, trap limits, escapements, and bycatch. Management decisions involve consultations with Aboriginal groups, provinces/territories, commercial fish harvesters, legislated co-management partners, and recreational fishers. The Fishery Checklist provides information used to monitor the management of a fishery relative to emerging sustainability standards, and the Catch Certification Program plays a key role in facilitating market access where there is the potential for illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
134.1 134.1 131.3 131.4

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
993 987 987

Performance Measurement

Stakeholders are engaged in harvest decision-making processes Percentage of major stocks in which stakeholders are provided opportunities to participate in fishery planning processes 100% by March 31, 2014

The Commercial Fisheries Sub-program is part of the Integrated Fisheries Management Program.