Fisheries and Oceans

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has a local office in the village of Queen Charlotte and a field office in Masset. DFO Community Advisor, Pat Fairweather, is a regular partner in Marine Matters community events. The Oceans Branch of the Regional DFO office in Prince Rupert has partnered in the Marine Matters Oceans Education Program, providing funding to help deliver the curriculum to Islands elementary schools. Fisheries management and habitat protection activities are the responsibility of both the local and regional offices.

Fisheries research and inventory work around Haida Gwaii is conducted through the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, the regional office in Prince Rupert and the local offices on Haida Gwaii. Regular biological surveys are conducted for fisheries stock assessment, salmon escapement, herring spawn, commercial fishery monitoring, abalone stock recovery and other research. Some of this work is conducted in partnership with the Haida Fisheries Program and commercial fishing associations.

WWF-Canada, Haida Fisheries, Gwaii Haanas and DFO researchers at the Pacific Biological Station are working collaboratively to compile information for the pilot phase of the Groundfish Atlas.

Haida Gwaii Local Offices

  • Queen Charlotte District Office
    PO Box 99
    Queen Charlotte, BC V0T 1S0
    Phone • (250) 559-4413
    Fax • (250) 559-4678

  • Masset Field Office
    PO Box 99
    Masset, BC V0T 1M0

    Phone • (250) 626-3316
    Fax • (250) 626-3253

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Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N7

Phone • (250) 756-7000
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Southcoast Management Division
3225 Stephenson Point Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N7

Phone • (250) 756-7270


Institute of Oceans Sciences
9860 West Saanich Road
PO Box 6000
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2

Phone • (250) 363-6517
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