Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

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

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.

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.