Programs and initiatives

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector in the world. Global aquaculture output is projected to grow at a rate of about 7 per cent annually until 2030 according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Globally, aquaculture now accounts for half of all fish and seafood produced for human consumption.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada administers a comprehensive Sustainable Aquaculture Program as the federal lead for aquaculture in Canada. To manage the current and future development of Canadian aquaculture in a sustainable manner, the Department establishes and implements various programs and initiatives. This work includes development of regulations, sector-specific action plans, and public reporting.

All of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s aquaculture policies are informed by science and guided by a vision and mandate. In turn, the Department’s involvement in aquaculture is carried out through a team of regional aquaculture coordinators who are located across the country.