Fisheries and Oceans Canada Congratulates and Welcomes 15 New Conservation and Protection Officers

News Release

May 2, 2017

Regina, Saskatchewan -- A troop of 15 new fishery officers have graduated from the fishery officer Trainee program and will be joining the ranks of the Conservation and Protection Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Darren Goetze, Director General, Conservation and Protection, was on hand to congratulate the officers in person on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The new fishery officers were required to complete 16 weeks of classroom training, including nine weeks of training on enforcement methods at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. The graduates will now complete 30 months of practical training in Conservation and Protection field offices across Canada.


“Fishery officers play a vital role in conserving and protecting Canada’s fisheries for all Canadians. I am pleased to welcome these new officers, and I wish them well in their future at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.”

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick Facts

  • Fishery officers are peace officers under the law and are responsible for the enforcement of the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act and the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act, as well as many other acts and regulations relating to fisheries off Canada’s three coasts and its inland waters, as well as the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) regulatory area.

  • In addition to enforcement activities, fishery officers promote compliance and conservation, stewardship and sustainability of fisheries. They also work to increase awareness through activities that include presentations to schools and public interest groups about enforcement activities and conservation goals.

  • Over the last five years, 86 new fishery officers have been hired and trained.  We project that a total of 60 new officers will be recruited in 2017.

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Laura Gareau
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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