Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.2 - Fisheries Protection

Description

Canada's freshwater and marine fish species and fish habitat play an important role in Canada's sustainable aquatic ecosystem and economic prosperity. Diverse activities undertaken in and near freshwater and marine fisheries waters such as oil and gas exploration and development, forestry, mining, hydroelectric power generation and agriculture have the potential to negatively impact fisheries by causing serious harm to the fish and fish habitat that support them. The Fisheries Protection Program policy objective is to contribute to the ongoing productivity and sustainability of Canada's commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries by minimizing threats from works undertakings and activities taking place in and near Canadian waters. This policy objective will, to the extent that the Fisheries Protection Program's mandate permits, contribute to the goal that the fisheries resources they support are maintained to provide for the sustainability and productivity of Canadian fisheries and their use by Canadians now and in the future. This, in turn, is expected to maintain the related economic, social and other benefits that are derived from such efforts from the fisheries and from development. The program's immediate goals are to: ensure that those conducting regulatory reviews of development projects have the necessary direction, guidance and training to respond to requests according to the legislative and regulatory framework; ensure that those undertaking development activities in or near commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries waters have the necessary direction to comply with legal and regulatory requirements under the Fisheries Act; and, provide organizations with resources, in cooperation with other funding partners to take remedial action on impacted habitat in areas that would improve Canada's recreational fisheries.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates
2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
62,943,218 62,943,218 48,875,362 46,986,871

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
396.5 394.0 391.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Progress toward transformation from the management of fish habitat to providing for the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries A new, national Fisheries Protection Policy framework is in place 100% March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights

  • Continue to implement the Fisheries Protection provisions of the Fisheries Act, which came into force in the fall of 2013, by engaging with external stakeholders, including Aboriginal organizations, and further the development of necessary science-based policy and program guidance for proponents and staff.
  • Fund projects through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program with local groups and others to improve the conservation of fisheries habitat and support fisheries protection. This is a multiyear initiative.
  • Continue to implement the Economic Action Plan 2013 announcement which allocated all revenue from the issuance of the Pacific Recreational Salmon Conservation Stamp to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for the conservation and enhancement of Pacific salmon.

The Fisheries Protection program is delivered through three sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 2.2.1 - Regulatory Reviews, Standards and Guidelines

Description

Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Fisheries Protection program is a federal regulator of development projects occurring in or around waters that support commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries across the country. The program's activities contribute to minimizing threats to the productivity of commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries. In the context of government-wide initiatives for responsible resource development and streamlined regulations, the program helps Canadians avoid, mitigate or manage serious harm to fisheries of commercial, recreational or Aboriginal importance. The program uses scientific knowledge and understanding to develop regulations and policies; provide formal advice and direction; provide input to environmental assessments (CEAA and Northern Regimes), engage with individuals, organizations, and other levels of government in order to and manage compliance in support of its fisheries protection objectives, and provides an expert support function to custodians under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
39,619,180 32,659,872 31,149,646

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
304.5 304.5 304.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Progress toward transformation from the management of fish habitat to providing for the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries A new, national Fisheries Protection Policy framework is in place 100% March 31, 2015
Proponents of projects have the necessary information to avoid/mitigate serious harm to fish and fish habitat that contribute to or support commercial, recreational, or aboriginal fisheries Percentage of the total projects submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada that do not require a site-specific review 25% March 31, 2015

Sub-program 2.2.2 - Partnerships and Regulatory Arrangements

Description

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program promotes multi-partner initiatives and supports projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations, aimed at improving Canada's recreational fisheries. These groups have established expertise and collaborative approaches in fisheries conservation and are well positioned to deliver habitat restoration projects that benefit recreational fisheries. Program funding allows program recipients to take action to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate compromised and/or threatened fisheries habitat in areas that are important to the sustainability and productivity of Canada's recreational fisheries. In addition, the Fisheries Protection program staff maintains arrangements with other regulatory authorities from the federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, or other parties that are best-placed to provide or support fisheries protection services to Canadians. The program framework's high level policy goal incorporates both regulatory and non-regulatory aspects of fisheries protection. This would provide for a mix of regulatory strategies designed to minimize threats to fish and fish habitat that are part of, or support, commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fisheries and non-regulatory strategies, that would involve, for example, working with partners to support habitat conservation. The Fisheries Protection program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
9,129,768 2,479,654 2,317,475

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
18.0 18.0 18.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Partnership projects are implemented Number of projects funded 150 March 31, 2015
Number of partners 300 March 31, 2015
Targeted recreational fisheries habitat is restored Area of fisheries habitat restored 90% of planned March 31, 2015

Program 2.2.3 - Aquatic Invasive Species

Description

As part of the Canadian Action Plan to Address the Threat of Aquatic Invasive Species, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is developing new regulations to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species, detect new invaders early, respond rapidly to new invaders, and, where necessary, manage established and spreading invaders. Once brought into force, the Department will work with federal, provincial and territorial partners to administer and enforce the regulations. The administration of regulations will be supported by ongoing scientific activities, such as research on pathways of invasion, methodologies to detect new invasions, risk assessments and control measures.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
14,194,270 13,735,836 13,519,750

Human Resources (full-time equivalent)

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
74.0 71.5 69.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Decision makers and legislative authorities have science information and tools to manage Aquatic Invasive Species domestically and internationally Number of risk assessments on Aquatic Invasive Species for which science advice is provided Maintain 5 year average March 31, 2015
Sea lamprey abundance in Great Lakes falls within individual lake targets Number of Great Lakes with sea lamprey abundance at or below the lake specific sea lamprey levels established by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission 5 March 31, 2015
Program managers have the tools necessary to prevent or manage the spread of Asian carps in the Great Lakes Percentage of requested tools (e.g., scientific reports, publications, outreach products) delivered to managers within the required timelines Maintain 5
year average
March 31, 2015