Aquaculture Coordination Office, Maritimes Region, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Data Center Description
The Aquaculture Coordination Branch, later to become the Aquaculture Coordination Office (ACO), was established in 1992 to provide a regional focus for the DFO Scotia-Fundy programs and activities in aquaculture development. It has since expanded to include aquaculture activities in the consolidated DFO Maritimes Region, which includes New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The primary mission is to develop comprehensive and integrated policies on aquaculture and to co-ordinate departmental responses to issues relevant to aquaculture development (regulatory, health and safety, science, technology transfer, industry development, environmental interactions and coastal planning). Improved coordination and consultation with all stakeholders including; federal and provincial agencies, research organizations, fisheries and aquaculture associations and fish farmers is the primary objective of the ACO.