Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.2 - Fisheries Protection

Description

To contribute to the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries, the Fisheries Protection program regulates development projects occurring in or around waters that support such fisheries across the country, and provides advice to enable proponents to avoid, mitigate and offset serious harm to fish. The program develops regulations and policies; provides formal advice and direction; and ensures compliance in support of fisheries objectives. In addition, the program provides expertise to custodians through the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, enters into partnering arrangements, and delivers the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program. As part of the Canadian Action Plan to Address the Threat of Aquatic Invasive Species, the Fisheries Protection program is developing new regulatory tools 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.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Main Estimates
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
59,284,200 59,284,200 47,392,213 44,813,259

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
359.5 356.7 356.9

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Regulations and/or policies, standards, guidelines that support the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries, including the threat of aquatic invasive species, are being implemented Proponents have the necessary guidance and information to support sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries when undertaking their activities Target to be established using 2015-16 data March 2018

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Continue to implement the Fisheries Protection Provisions of the Fisheries Act through the timely review of projects and by engaging with external stakeholders, including Aboriginal on the ongoing development of tools, policies and guidance.
  • Continue work to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in Canada by contributing to international obligations through the Sea Lamprey Control Program, and continuing implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Annex of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the Asian Carp Initiative.
  • Continue to support the Major Projects Management Office Initiative by providing technical advice on the Fisheries ActFootnote1, the Species at Risk ActFootnote2, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012Footnote3, and through Aboriginal consultation activities.
  • Through the National Contaminants Advisory Group and in collaboration with academia and other partners, fund research projects on the biological effects of contaminants on aquatic organisms.

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

The Fisheries Protection program conducts science-based regulatory reviews of development projects proposed in or around waters that support commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries across the country and provides advice to enable proponents to avoid, mitigate and offset serious harm to fish. Program expertise is used to provide formal advice and direction to project proponents; to provide input to environmental assessments (under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 and Northern environmental assessment regimes); to engage with individuals, organizations in order to manage compliance in support of fisheries objectives; to develop standards and guidelines, through policy and regulation, which communicate how the legal requirements of the Fisheries Act are interpreted and applied; and to provide expert advice to custodians managing contaminated sites under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan. Where serious harm to fish cannot be completely avoided, the program may issue an authorization under the Fisheries Act to allow a project to proceed.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
33,002,504 31,489,671 31,489,671

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
264.6 264.2 264.2

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Proponents of projects can determine if they require a project review by Fisheries and Oceans Canada under the Fisheries Protections Provisions of the Fisheries Act based on the type of waterbody in which the work is to be conducted, the type of project activity and the measures to avoid harm Percentage of the total projects submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada that require a site specific review 75% March31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Fisheries Protection - Continue to implement the Fisheries Protection provisions of the Fisheries Act, which came into force in the fall of 2013, by engaging with partners, including Aboriginal organizations, and further the development of necessary science-based policy and program guidance for proponents and staff.

Sub-program 2.2.2 - Partnerships and Regulatory Arrangements

Description

The Fisheries Protection program includes regulatory and non-regulatory activities and approaches to engaging and partnering with individuals and organizations having interests in fisheries protection. This provides for a mix of regulatory arrangements with other federal, provincial and territorial regulatory agencies, or other parties that are best-placed to provide or support fisheries protection services to Canadians, and non-regulatory partnerships with other non-governmental organizations that would, for example, promote good fisheries stewardship or work with partners to support fish habitat conservation. The Fisheries Protection program also uses funding, in the form of transfer payments, from the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program to promote multi-partner initiatives and support projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, and 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 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.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
12,486,794 2,324,337 2,324,337

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
26.0 26.0 26.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
Partnership projects are implemented Number of projects funded 385 March 31, 2016
Number of partners 450 March 31, 2016
Targeted recreational fisheries habitat is restored Area of fisheries habitat restored 90%
of planned
March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Enabling partners to restore recreational fisheries habitat - Fund fish habitat restoration projects with local groups, through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program.

Program 2.2.3 - Aquatic Invasive Species

Description

As part of the Canadian Action Plan to Address the Threat of Aquatic Invasive Species, the Fisheries Protection program is developing new regulatory tools 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 program will work with federal, provincial and territorial partners to administer and enforce the regulations. The administration of regulations will be supported by ongoing scientific studies, including research on pathways of invasion, methodologies to detect new invasions, risk assessments and control measures.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
13,794,902 13,578,204 10,999,250

Human Resources (full-time equivalent)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
68.9 66.5 66.7

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, 2016
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, 2016
Program managers have the tools necessary to prevent or manage the spread of Asian carps in the Great Lakes Percentage of scientific reports and publications delivered to managers within the required timelines Maintain 5
year average
March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Program-Level

  • Prevention and Control - Continue to undertake activities to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in Canada. This includes contributing to bi-national obligations through the Sea Lamprey Control Program, implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Species Annex of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and continued implementation of the Asian Carp Initiative.