About the Pacific Region

From the smallest sea creature, to the largest commercial fishing vessel, Fisheries and Oceans Canada works to manage and protect the Canadian marine environment in the three oceans that border Canada. In the Pacific Region alone, there are over 27,000 kilometers of coastline and hundreds of fish species to protect, manage and enhance. What's more, there are Aboriginal fishing agreements, a wide range of consultations, habitat restoration projects, work towards marine protected areas, and thousands of fishing licences in the commercial and recreational sectors.

In the Pacific Region, the Department oversees west coast marine resources and the inland fisheries of the Yukon Territory. Because the region is entrusted with managing and protecting Pacific salmon, it is involved with 105 river systems in British Columbia as well as transboundary northern rivers: the Stikine and Taku. There are 37 Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices and stations throughout BC and the Yukon that operate with an approximate annual budget of $250 million.

In carrying out Fisheries and Oceans' mandate, over 2200 employees are engaged in diverse and challenging tasks and activities throughout the region. Working from offices, field camps, ships and helicopters, their roles are numerous and range from patrol and research vessel officers and crew to community liaison officers, enforcement officers, scientists of all disciplines, economists, policy analysts and advisors.