Canada's Pacific ocean supports diverse and growing economic activities including shipping, fisheries, tourism, aquaculture, technology development and energy exploration. Since introducing the Oceans Act in 1997, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has taken on a significant new role as the lead federal authority for oceans management. DFO is committed to fostering oceans management consistent with the principles of:
The vision of the Oceans Program is to ensure healthy, safe and prosperous oceans for the benefit of current and future generations of Canadians. To support this vision four immediate goals have been identified:
The Oceans Program, through key legislation, works to coordinate the efforts and responsibilities of ocean managers with other federal departments, provincial agencies, First Nations and stakeholders.
In the Pacific Region, the Oceans Program is working to establish the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) through the PNCIMA Initiative and coordinate with other Integrated Management initiatives.
Managing our ocean is complex, and there are many branches within DFO and initiatives beyond the Department that are involved.