Fisheries Council of Canada | The Voice of Canada's Commercial Fishing Industry
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First formed in 1915, The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) represents member companies in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Quebec, the Prairies, Nunavut, and Ontario. These member companies process the majority of Canada’s fish and seafood.  FCC maintains ongoing liaison with ministers, government departments, and parliamentary committees.


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Sustainable Harvesting

Canada’s fisheries are managed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans which is recognized as an international model for responsible fisheries management.  Our members work closely with the Department and are committed to sustainability and stewardship.  There are a number of programs and organizations that certify fisheries for sustainability and traceability. The Marine Steward Certification (MSC blue eco label) is key among them.  In 2014, two-thirds of Canadian landings were from fisheries that have been certified to the MSC standard, which represents almost all major stocks and is over 80 percent of the value of Canada’s fishery.

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Quality Product

Canada has one of the world’s most respected fish inspection and control systems.  Our members’ food processing and exporting are regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which sets requirements and inspection standards for fish products, federally registered fish and seafood processing establishments, importers, fishing vessels, and equipment used for handling, transporting and storing fish. Our members’ plants which process fish and seafood for export or inter-provincial trade are federally registered and have a HACCP-based Quality Management Program (QMP) plan.

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To The Plate

Dietary guidelines consider fish and seafood a healthy source of protein and recommend eating it at least twice per week. Our members harvest and process a wide variety of fish and seafood from Canadian oceans and lakes.  We supply these to plates and tables in Canada and around the world. Top exports from the Atlantic include lobster, snow crab, shrimp, scallops and Greenland turbot. Top exports from the Pacific include salmon, halibut, geoduck clams, spot prawns and Dungeness crab. And from our lakes, the top exports include yellow pickerel, perch, whitefish, white bass and smelt.

Step Inside a Plant to Understand Quality

Our members are food processors.  In this video you will step inside a processing plant.  Proper handling and processing are fundamental to a safe, quality, marketable product.  Step inside to see the equipment used in processing and learn the key features of what makes a quality product.


FCC members bring sustainably harvested, quality fish and seafood to plates across the globe and in Canada. As food processors, we see to it that our products meet all regulatory requirements to ensure consumers enjoy quality products and benefit from the nutrition they offer.

Our members invest in conserving the resource of our waters for the benefit of future generations.  The FCC advocates for a prosperous fishing industry that contributes to the Canadian economy and supports harvesters, employees and employers across the industry in communities in Canada, both large and small.

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Contact Us

FCC is the voice of Canada’s commercial fishing industry. For more information on becoming a member, contact The Fisheries Council of Canada today.