Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.3 - Sustainable Aquaculture Program


The mission of the Sustainable Aquaculture Program is to set the conditions for the success of a vibrant and innovative Canadian aquaculture sector that is economically viable, environmentally and socially sustainable, and internationally competitive, and that benefits all Canadians and builds public confidence in aquaculture. The regulatory mandate of the Program is derived from the Fisheries Act, the Fisheries Development Act, and the Oceans Act. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as the lead federal organization for aquaculture, provides a horizontally managed and integrated intradepartmental approach to create the optimal conditions for the sector, mainly via the establishment of regulations and extensive collaboration with private and public sector stakeholders. The Program is delivered in collaboration with other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, industry, the private sector, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders. The Department's scientific expertise plays an important role in supporting sustainable aquaculture production.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
20.7 20.7 20.4 20.4

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
162 159 159

Performance Measurement

A Canadian aquaculture sector that balances regulatory, environmental, and economic interests Aquaculture Sustainability Index Baseline to be established 2012-13

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 aquaculture managed under a science-based environmental regulatory framework Sustainable Aquaculture: To promote the conservation and optimum use of marine resources and the aquatic environment through improved aquaculture management by 2014
Percentage of Canadian aquaculture producers certified environmentally sustainable or positioned to implement certification

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

  • Canada's National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms - Renew Canada's National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms through the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers.
Theme III

Planning Highlights - Program-level

  • National Introductions and Transfers Database - Create the National Database on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Program is delivered through four sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture: