Aquatic species

Aquatic species in Canadian waters, including those at risk, invasive, fished or farmed.

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Browse aquatic species

Aquatic species listed by name or category, including species and habitat descriptions.

Aquatic species at risk

Species profiles and registry, recovery plans, public consultations and permit applications.

Aquatic invasive species

Regulations, research and action plans for reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Pacific salmon

Managing and conserving Pacific salmon fisheries, including sockeye, pink and coho salmon.

Seals and sealing

Facts, statistics and regulations on the seal harvest, and the 6 species of seals affected.

Marine mammals and sea turtles

Species identification, reporting a sighting or incident, Marine Mammal Response Program.

Key commercially fished species

Sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture, consumer health and safety, certification and traceability.

Farmed species profiles

Profiles of farmed fish and shellfish, such as salmon, mussels, trout and clams.

Shark research

How to identify a shark, shark sightings and facts, research laboratory.

Skates and rays

Rare and common species of skates and rays, and the differences between them.

What we are doing


First-ever footage of salmon shark behaviour

First-ever footage of salmon shark behaviour

View a salmon shark behavior caught on video by the science crew aboard the 2019 Pacific Seamount Expedition.

Protecting killer whales

Protecting killer whales

How Canada is taking action to help southern resident killer whales.

Protecting Canada’s wild salmon

Protecting Canada’s wild salmon

How we’re ensuring healthy, diverse salmon populations across Canadian ecosystems.