Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Sub-program 1.1.2 - Recreational Fisheries


Recreational fishing is an important activity in Canada to approximately 3.3 million anglers per year, who contribute $8.3 billion to local economies across the country. Under the authority of the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act, a complex mix of federal, provincial, and territorial legislative, management, and coordination responsibilities for recreational fisheries has evolved over time. The Recreational Fisheries Program is guided by policies, such as the Operational Framework for Recreational Fisheries in Canada, the Atlantic Fisheries Policy Framework, Pacific New Directions, and the Vision for the Recreational Fishery in British Columbia. The Program focuses on emphasizing partnerships, citizen-engagement, and community stewardship and promoting public awareness about conservation and the sustainable use of fishery resources. Recreational fisheries managers are also important players in the development of Integrated Fisheries Management Plans and in ensuring that recreational fisheries interests are considered when making allocation decisions. The Program administers the annual National Recreational Fisheries Awards, recognizing the achievements of up to five award recipients who have made a significant contribution to Canada's recreational fisheries, either through a single project or over time.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
23 23 23

Performance Measurement

Anglers are engaged in consultative processes to instil responsibility for shared stewardship for resource conservation and enhancement Number of consultative processes that anglers are engaged on by the Recreational Fisheries Program 20 by March 31, 2014

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