Fisheries patrols and surveillance

A fishing boat is seen from the onboard camera of an aircraft.

A fishing boat is seen from the onboard camera of a CP-140 Aurora long range patrol aircraft during an Operation Driftnet patrol. While the pictured vessel was not found to be engaged in illegal fishing practices, overflights like this help to deter illegal fishing practices.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) supports Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to help protect wild fish stocks. In this role, it uses:

  • Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships; and
  • Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) long-range patrol aircraft.

All CAF assets used on these missions carry DFO Fishery Officers.

The CAF helps DFO officials to enforce fishing regulations. It carries out separate operations to support DFO in both the Atlantic and the northern Pacific:

The CAF also uses space-based sensor systems to help by providing a wide-area look at the North Pacific.

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