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Fisheries and Oceans

Senator McInnis is on the steering committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has the mandate to study all issues relating to the fisheries and oceans generally. The committee is interested in matters pertaining to the maritime and fisheries sectors; oceans management, aquatic resources and fisheries; aquatic life and ecosystems; the fishing industry; and safe and secure waterways. The committee is also interested in the federal government’s current and evolving policy framework for managing Canada’s fisheries and oceans.

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries was created in May 1986 to deal exclusively with matters relating to fisheries, which were, until that date, the purview of the then-Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The name of the committee was changed to Fisheries and Oceans on December 5, 2002, in order to better reflect what the committee had been studying for many years.

In the past 10 years, the committee has produced more than 15 substantive reports, dealing with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Atlantic ground fish and the grey seal population
  • Management of fish stocks and fish habitats
  • Canada’s lighthouses and services
  • The Canadian Coast Guard in the Arctic
  • The Atlantic lobster and snow crab fisheries

The committee is currently undertaking a study on Canada’s aquaculture industry. This is a sector which continues to expand to meet the demand for fresh seafood. The committee’s scope of study includes provincial and national regulations, as well as an examination industry stakeholders and environmental concerns.


Connect with the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans:

Transcripts and minutes for all meetings are available on the Senate Committee webpage. ParlVU webcasting services also provides links to video and audio live casts. Meetings can also be watched on CPAC, schedule available on the committee webpage.

Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A4

Inquiries may be sent by email to pofo@sen.parl.gc.ca

Click HERE to visit the committee's website.