First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries


AAA: Aboriginal Aquaculture Association

AAA: Aboriginal Affairs Advisor (DFO)

AABM: Aggregate Abundance Based Management

AAROM: Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management

ABM: Abundance- or Area-Based Management

ACC: Aquaculture Coordinating Committee

ADM: Assistant Deputy Minister (Federal Government)

AFN: Assembly of First Nations (National)

AFS: Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy

AFSAR: Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk

AICFI: Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

AMAC: Aquaculture Management Advisory Committee

APC: Atlantic Policy Congress

APCFNC: Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs

ATK: Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge

ATP: Allocation Transfer Program


BCAFN: BC Assembly of First Nations

BC SRIF: BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund

BDT: Business Development Team


CCFAM: Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers

CCIRA: Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance

CCTAC: Canadian Commercial Total Allowable Catch

CEAA: Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

CEPA: Canadian Environmental Protection Act

CFA: Comprehensive Fisheries Agreement

CFE: Commercial Fishing Enterprise

CFIA: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

CHN: Council of the Haida Nation

CIRNAC: Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

CNWA: Canadian Navigable Waters Act

COSEWIC: Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada

CPUE: Catch Per Unit Effort

CSAB: Commercial Salmon Advisory Board

CSAF: Commercial Salmon Allocation Framework

CSAP: Centre for Scientific Advice Pacific

CSPI: Southern BC Chinook Strategic Planning Initiative

CSTC: Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

CTAC: Canadian Total Allowable Catch

CTC: Chinook Technical Committee

CU: Conservation Unit

CWT: Coded Wire Tag


DFO: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Department of Fisheries and Oceans)

DU: Designatable Unit


EC: Executive Committee

ECC: Economic Coordinating Committee

ECCC: Environment and Climate Change Canada

ENGO: Environmental Non-Governmental Organization

EO: Economic Opportunity

ER: Exploitation Rate

ESSR: Excess Salmon to Spawning Requirement


FAIAP: Finfish Aquaculture Industry Advisory Panel

“Forum”: Forum on Conservation and Harvest Planning for Fraser Salmon

FAO: Fisheries and Agriculture Organization (United Nations)

FBC: Fraser Basin Council

FFHPP: Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program

FLNRORD: Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (Province of BC)

FNEMC: First Nations Energy and Mining Council

FNFC: First Nations Fisheries Council

FNHC: First Nations Health Council

FNLC: First Nations Leadership Council

FNS: First Nations Summit

FRAFS: Fraser River Aboriginal Fisheries Secretariat

FRSSI: Fraser River Sockeye Spawning Initiative

FRP: Fraser River Panel

FSC: Food Social Ceremonial (community fisheries)

FSMC: Fraser Salmon Management Council


IFMP: Integrated Fisheries Management Plan

IHPC: Integrated Harvest Planning Committee

IK: Indigenous Knowledge

IMAP: Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans

IMAWG: Island Marine Aquatic Working Group

INAC: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

ISBM: Individual Stock Based Management (Chinook)

ISC: Indigenous Services Canada

IYS: International Year of the Salmon


JTWG: Joint Technical Working Group


LFFA: Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance

LOU: Letter of Understanding

LRP: Limit Reference Point


MIRR: Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

MOECCS: Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (Province of BC)

MOU: Memorandum of Understanding

MPA: Marine Protected Area

MSC: Marine Stewardship Council

MSF: Mark Selective Fishery

MSY: Maximum Sustainable Yield


NAWG: National Aquaculture Working Group (AFN)

NBBC: Native Brotherhood of British Columbia

NCSFNSS: North Coast Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society

NFA: Native Fishing Association

NFC: National Fisheries Committee (AFN)

NGO: Non-Governmental Organization

NHQ: National Headquarters (DFO)

NICFI: Northern Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

NIFI: National Indigenous Fisheries Institute

NPAFC: North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission

NWIFC: Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (USA)


OHSAR: Oceans, Habitat and Species at Risk

ONA: Okanagan Nation Alliance


PBS: Pacific Biological Station (DFO)

PICFI: Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

PMO: Prime Minister’s Office

PNCIMA: Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area

PSARC: Pacific Science Advice Review Committee (now CSAP)

PSC: Pacific Salmon Commission

PSF: Pacific Salmon Foundation

PST: Pacific Salmon Treaty

PTO: Provincial Territorial Organization OR Political and Treaty Organization


RDG: Regional Director General (DFO)

RFO: Regional Fisheries Organization

RHQ: Regional Headquarters (DFO)


SAIAP: Shellfish Aquaculture Industry Advisory Panel

SARA: Species At Risk Act

SCC: Salmon Coordinating Committee

SCC: Supreme Court of Canada

SCVI: South Coast Vancouver Island

SEP: Salmonid Enhancement Program

SFAB: Sport Fishing Advisory Board

SFC: Secwepemc Fisheries Commission

SFC: Skeena Fisheries Commission

SPI: Strategic Partnerships Initiative

SSHRC: Social Science and Humanities Research Council


TAC: Total Allowable Catch

TAM: Total Allowable Mortality

TB: Treasury Board

TEK: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

TNG: Tsilhqot’in National Government

TOR: Terms of Reference


UBCIC: Union of BC Indian Chiefs

UFFCA: Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance

UNDRIP: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


WCVI: West Coast Vancouver Island

WFF: Water for Fish (FNFC Freshwater Program)

WSA: BC Water Sustainability Act

WSP: Wild Salmon Policy