Fisheries and Land Resources

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans Policy Division


This Division undertakes the following activities:

  • participates in the advisory and consultation process for commercial fish stocks;
  • conducts analysis of biological and scientific information related to the status of the province's fish stocks;
  • funds the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER) at the Marine Institute
  • provides direction to the department on resource issues specifically in relation to the management and development of the fishery;
  • identifies and advises the department on fisheries policies at the regional, national and international level;
  • participates in discussions on the status of marine fish populations in relation to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC);
  • provides analysis and direction to the department on various environmental and advisory committees with respect to potential impacts on the province's fisheries and aquaculture industries;
  • coordinates provincial role with the federal government on oceans policy and governance issues such as: Coastal Management Areas (CMAs), Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and Aquatic Invasive Species
  •  coordinates implementation of the provincial coastal and oceans policy framework and strategy, and chairs the Provincial Coastal and Ocean Network (PCON).


Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans Policy
Petten Building,
30 Strawberry Marsh Road
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-3509
Fax: (709) 729-6082
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