Integrated fisheries management planning process

CCIRA is working toward meaningful reform to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ fisheries management process.

While Integrated Fisheries Management Plans (IFMPs) are the primary mechanism for DFO to solicit input and direction on the current management of fisheries, First Nations believe this system is insufficient.

CCIRA is working to create a more meaningful process for First Nations, which establishes a government-to-government relationship with DFO that allows us to address our interests before draft management plans are sent to stakeholders. Currently, CCIRA, the Great Bear Initiative and DFO, are developing a shared decision-making structure for shellfish management. Ultimately, this structure will be applied to other species.

Until these structures are established, CCIRA will target priority IFMPs and bring forward the management direction from our marine use plans.

A rockfish swimming next to an underwater plant

Photo Credit: Ken Cripps