The lobster fishery is one of the cornerstones of the fishing industry in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. There are more than 3,200 lobster licence holders distributed in the three provinces that the Gulf region encompasses, namely all of Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The Fisheries & Aquaculture Management Branch is responsible for management of the resource, the enforcement of the Fisheries Act, Aboriginal fisheries and recreational fisheries in the Gulf Region. This branch also coordinates other fisheries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the support of the Quebec and the Newfoundland regions. The Fisheries & Aquaculture Management Branch employs approximately 200 persons. Moreover, 80 per cent of its staff members work in one of the three areas of the Gulf Region (Eastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Gulf Nova Scotia), and consequently it is the most highly decentralized branch of DFO in the Gulf Region.
Our vision: “A Biologically Sustainable and viable resource supporting self reliant fisheries”