Fisheries and Land Resources

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans Policy


Canada's fisheries resources are managed by the federal government though Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), while fish stocks on the Grand Banks that straddle the 200 mile limit are managed by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). The Sustainable Fisheries and Oceans Policy Division participates in various fisheries management processes of DFO and NAFO to promote the sustainable management of fisheries resources adjacent to Newfoundland and Labrador. The division is also involved in processes that generate scientific advice related to fisheries management. Staff members participate in a range of resource assessment and management advisory meetings at a regional, national, and international level and provide analysis and direction to the department on fisheries resource issues. Through these activities, the division contributes to the generation of the provincial position on fisheries resource related issues.

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The division is also responsible for developing and implementing a Provincial Coastal and Ocean Strategy and Policy Framework; coordinating the provincial role with the federal government on oceans policy and governance; and providing analysis and direction to the department on various marine issues.

Fisheries Research Grant Program

The division is responsible for the delivery of the department's Fisheries Research Grant Program (former Cod Recovery Program), which provides funding towards research initiatives that enhance our understanding of the province's fish stocks.

Center for Fisheries Ecosystems Research

In 2010, the Provincial Government announced an investment of $11.75 million towards the establishment of the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER). The Centre, housed at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, addresses the need for increased capacity in fisheries science in Newfoundland and Labrador by building on the capacity base that exists at the Marine Institute's School of Fisheries. Dr. George Rose, an internationally known fisheries scientist, is the director of CFER and leads a research team of approximately 12 people that includes fisheries scientists, technicians and support staff.

Initially, the Centre's research activities are focusing primarily on the inshore and offshore components of the province's cod stocks. As the Centre expands its capabilities and capacity, its research focus will broaden in scope to include other species, studies of species interactions, and their interaction with the environment.

For further information on CFER visit: for fisheries ecosystems research


Coastal and Oceans Program

In 2006, the Provincial Government directed the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture to take an active role in coastal and ocean policy development and management. The department has led the development of a Provincial Coastal and Ocean Management Strategy and Policy Framework and is coordinating implementation in collaboration with other provincial departments and agencies, and through stakeholder partnerships.


Information on quotas for commercial fish species harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador can be found on the DFO website:

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