Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Minister's Message


I am pleased to present Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Report on Plans and Priorities for 2015-16.

Canada is a national and international leader in managing fisheries, oceans and freshwater resources and marine safety. Each day in hundreds of locations across the country, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Canadian Coast Guard employees carry out their work by saving lives through search and rescue efforts; ensuring safe water travel; protecting fish resources and habitat; managing commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries; issuing licenses to fishers; and keeping Canada's harbours open and in good repair all year round.

In 2015-16, we will build on this important work and focus on key priorities. We will continue to:

  • Improve the way fisheries and aquaculture are managed, domestically and internationally, through science-based reforms, stakeholder and Aboriginal engagement, and better access to export markets for Canadian fish and seafood;
  • Renew Canadian Coast Guard assets and its services to Canadians to ensure safe and efficient navigation and to respond to maritime incidents; and
  • Promote a culture of management and operational excellence that supports continual improvement in the way we deliver services to Canadians.

It is a privilege to serve as Canada's Fisheries and Oceans Minister, and I am proud of the work we do in service to Canadians. I encourage you to read this report and learn more about how the Department contributes to economically prosperous fisheries, sustainable aquatic ecosystems, and safe and secure waterways.

The Honourable Gail Shea, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada