The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canada’s fisheries resources, and the habitats that support them, for generations to come. Fishery officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) work hard to conserve and protect the environment by enforcing the rules and regulations set out in Canada’s Fisheries Act. Failure to comply may lead to charges and fines for individuals and companies.
Our oceans define our communities and cultures. Learning more about our waters can help communities identify underwater hazards and sensitive marine areas, plan fishing and harvesting efforts, and carry out other important activities.
The Government of Canada is committed to safeguarding our fish stocks so they are sustainable for future generations. Canada’s commercial Redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been closed since 1995 to help redfish stocks rebuild to healthy levels. Since that time, Redfish stocks have rebounded significantly, and the Government of Canada is positioned to re-open the Unit 1 Redfish commercial fishery in Atlantic Canada and Quebec in the near future.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the long term health of Canada’s fisheries resources and the habitats that support them, for generations to come. Officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) enforce the Fisheries Act to conserve and protect the environment. Obstructing them from performing their duties, or failing to provide required information and documentation to them, are serious and potentially costly offences.
Our oceans are changing. Climate change and human activities are affecting the diverse marine ecosystems, unique features, and important species that contribute not only to the health of our oceans, but to our cultural identity.
Threats to biodiversity are being felt across Canada and the world. After habitat loss, invasive species are the second biggest threat to global biodiversity. Aquatic invasive species pose a serious threat to Canada’s waters, economy and society. They can grow quickly, compete with native species and alter habitats.
Aquatic invasive species pose a serious threat to Canada’s waters, economy and society. When species are introduced to areas outside their native environment, they can grow quickly, compete with other species and alter habitats, causing serious ecological harm in our waters.