Compliance and Enforcement

In keeping with its mandate to manage Canada's fisheries in a sustainable manner, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for enforcing the Fisheries Act and other regulations and legislation. Enforcement activities are carried out by Fishery Officers in Conservation and Protection detachments across Canada who conduct regular patrols on the land, on the sea and in the air.

The Department also promotes compliance with the law through education and awareness activities that encourage Canadians to protect fishery resources and habitats.

You and the Law

Acts, Orders and Regulations
Regulations and legislation governing Canada's inland and marine fisheries, aquatic species, oceans, habitat, fishing and recreational harbours, and marine services fees.

Fishing Regulations by Location
Pacific | Central and Arctic | Quebec | Maritimes | Gulf | Newfoundland and Labrador

Recreational Fishing Regulations by Province and Territory

Promoting Compliance: Get Involved!

National Action Plan
Canada's National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

Report a Fisheries Violation

Enforcement Activities

Fishery Officer Careers
Find out what's involved in becoming a Fishery Officer. Job description, educational requirements and other career information.

News releases (by region) detailing convictions under the Fisheries Act.

Enforcement in the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Regulatory Area
Canada monitors and inspects international vessels in this area. View enforcement statistics and NAFO officer citations.

Annual Reports on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Use of the Law Enforcement Justification Provisions