Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Our Role

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada's fisheries and safeguarding its waters.

The Department:

-supports strong economic growth in our marine and fisheries sectors by supporting exports and advancing safe maritime trade; -supports innovation through research in expanding sectors such as aquaculture and biotechnology; and -contributes to a clean and healthy environment and sustainable aquatic ecosystems through habitat protection, oceans management, and ecosystems research.

The Department's work is guided by five key pieces of legislation:

-the Oceans Act; -the Fisheries Act; -the Species at Risk Act; -the Coastal Fisheries Protection Act; and -the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (Transport Canada-led).

Our Mission Through sound science, forward-looking policy, and operational and service excellence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada employees work collaboratively toward the following three strategic outcomes:

-Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries; -Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems; -Safe and Secure Waters.

Our Vision

To advance sustainable aquatic ecosystems and support safe and secure Canadian waters while fostering economic prosperity across maritime sectors and fisheries.

Our Values

Building on the foundation of the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Values and Ethics Code sets out the expectations for behaviour governing all activities the Department performs to fulfill its mandate. It is binding on all management and employees, and it requires that each DFO employee be familiar with its content.


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Name Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Keywords government
Metadata Creation Date 2021-11-13
Publisher CanWIN
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Main Contact afdsa
Type of Name Personal
Affiliation Centre for Earth Observation Science - University of Manitoba
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