Welcome to the Fisheries Council of Canada

Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) is the voice of Canada’s fish and seafood industry, promoting a healthy resource and working to develop an economically sound, market-driven, competitively-structured industry that offers harvesters, employees, and processors secure and stable opportunities and a sustainable future. The Council is a non-profit trade association representing companies engaged in the growing, harvesting, processing, importing and marketing of fish and seafood. It is an organization of like-minded fisheries and seafood associations and enterprises that support shared, fundamental principles.

First formed in 1915 as the Canadian Fisheries Association, it was reorganized and became the Fisheries Council of Canada in 1945. The Council represents about 100 member companies in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, and Nunavut. These member companies process the majority of Canada’s fish and seafood production. Member companies also harvest a significant portion of the fisheries resources of Canada. In addition, more than 35 Canadian and international companies and institutions providing products and services to the industry are associate members of the Fisheries Council of Canada.

FCC maintains ongoing liaison with ministers and officials of numerous government departments, agencies, and parliamentary committees. The Council provides leadership, representing the industry on matters of national and international concern before parliamentary committees, advisory boards, commissions, and ministers, as well as foreign governments. FCC maintains ongoing relations with fish and seafood industry associations in other countries as well as relations with ministries of foreign governments and international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Mandate of the Council

  • to represent primarily the point of view of the fish processing industry of all issues that affect it, including the provision of effective representation to appropriate Ministers, federal government departments, committees, etc., to assure the best possible policy environment.
  • To provide ser vices and programs designed to improve the performance of the fish processing industry.
  • Key activities of the Council involve Canadian Fisheries management issues; market access/trade policy; inspection/technical issues; environmental/ocean use issues; international fisheries; industry development; communications.