Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.1 - Integrated Fisheries Management

Description

The Integrated Fisheries Management program manages Canada's fisheries in consultation with Aboriginal groups, federal departments, other levels of government, industry and stakeholders. The program delivers programs and plans (i.e. Integrated Fisheries Management Plans, Conservation and Harvesting Plans, Rebuilding Plans, Recovery Strategies and Action Plans) under the Fisheries ActFootnote1, the Species at Risk ActFootnote2 and related regulations. It promotes sustainability and allocates harvestable resources among those dependent on the fishery - commercial harvesters, recreational anglers, Aboriginal groups, and aquaculture for seed, spatFootnote3 and broodstockFootnote4. The program is informed by scientific assessments of fish, invertebrates and marine mammals, and is supported by fisheries policies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Main Estimates
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
132,058,128 132,058,128 129,074,085 128,913,782

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
944.2 927.8 930.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Major stocks are managed within established conservation limits Percentage of major fish stocks where the harvest rate or level is at or below approved levels (e.g. removal reference, quota)Footnote5 90% March 31, 2016
Commercial fishing industry is economically valuable Landed Value of the Commercial FisheryFootnote6 $2.1 billion March 31, 2016
Recreational fishing is an economically valuable use of fishery resources Value of the Recreational Fishery $8.3 billion March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Work with the fishing industry on initiatives that enable them to adjust to changing economic and ecosystem conditions.
  • Provide stock assessments and sound science advice in support of fisheries management. Adapt approaches to science assessments and fisheries management strategies to take into account changing environmental conditions.
  • Develop a framework for the Fisheries Resource Science Program to ensure better alignment with key departmental priorities.

The Integrated Fisheries Management program is delivered through two sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 1.1.1 - Commercial Fisheries

Description

The Canadian commercial fishing industry had a landed value of approximately $2.1 billion in 2012. Under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act, the program manages fisheries resources for the benefit of Canadians and those dependent on the fishery. The program integrates scientific expertise on the status of fish, invertebrates and marine mammals and input from Aboriginal groups, federal departments, other levels of government, industry, and stakeholders to develop and implement fishing plans. A number of the program's activities are performed in collaboration with partners through collaborative agreements or other mechanisms. The program develops and reviews policies, procedures and regulations to ensure the fisheries governance regime is accountable, predictable and transparent. Commercial fisheries are managed through various mechanisms including licences, quotas, trap limits, escapements and bycatch. The Fishery Checklist provides information to monitor the management of a fishery relative to emerging sustainability standards. The Catch Certification Program facilitates market access and responds to international catch certification requirements, where there is the potential for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
127,851,415 125,217,372 125,057,069

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
913.3 896.0 897.7

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Stakeholders are engaged in harvest decision-making processes Number of consultative processes that harvesters are engaged in by the commercial fisheries program 100 March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Sustainable Fisheries Framework Policies and Tools - Continue to implement the Sustainable Fisheries Framework policies and tools and elaborate new policy instruments under the Framework as required.

Sub-program 1.1.2 - Recreational Fisheries

Description

Recreational fishing is an important activity in Canada, with approximately 3.3 million adult anglers contributing $8.3 billion to local economies across the country each year. Managing Canada's recreational fisheries is a shared responsibility between federal, provincial and territorial governments. The program is guided by the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act and a series of federal, provincial and territorial policies. The program focuses on partnerships, citizen-engagement and community stewardship and promotes public awareness of conservation and the sustainable use of fishery resources. The program plays an important role in the development of Integrated Fisheries Management Plans and in ensuring that recreational fisheries interests are considered when allocation decisions are made. The program administers the annual National Recreational Fisheries AwardsFootnote7, recognizing the achievements of those who have made a significant contribution to Canada's recreational fisheries.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
4,206,713 3,856,713 3,856,713

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
30.9 31.8 32.3

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Anglers are engaged in consultative processes to instill responsibility for shared stewardship for resource conservation and enhancement Number of consultative processes that anglers are engaged in by the recreational fisheries program 100 March 31, 2016