Welcome to OCFA Site  

Welcome to the web site of the Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association.  The OCFA represents an industry that has been a part of the history, culture and economy of our part of the world for a very long time.  There was a recognizable commercial fishery before Europeans colonized what we now call Ontario.  Fishing was one of the first industries established in new communities that sprang up as Europeans pushed up the Great Lakes in the early years of Canada's founding.

We are proud of our history and proud of our modern role as purveyors of nutritious, wholesome fish products sustainably harvested from Ontario's waters.

 April 7, 2021

FedDev Ontario investment helping fish and seafood sector in southwestern Ontario remain strong

Click the link below for the article.

April7-21~FedDev Ontario Investment

March 9, 2021

 Quotas for the Lake Erie fishery will be set by the Lake Erie Committee on March 26th.  The OCFA is inviting all of the Lake Erie licence holder members to a Zoom meeting on Friday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m. for a presentation on the status of the stocks and a discussion about where quotas could end up for 2021 (emphasis on Yellow Perch and Walleye).  Details regarding the call will be sent out prior to the meeting.  If you are interested in participating please let me know.  Also, if you have any questions please get in touch with either Michael Thorn or Jane Graham.


October 26, 2021

MNRF Suspends Commercial Fishing Royalties for 2020

In a letter to the OCFA, MNRF Minister John Yakabuski, announced that commercial fishing Royalties would be suspended for 2020 and that anyone that had paid Royalties for fish harvested in 2020, would receive a refund for the amount already paid.  The decision is the result of discussions with the OCFA over the past several months focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 and what the Ministry could do to assist the industry.    Relief from Royalties for 2020 is the result of those discussions.  The OCFA thanks the MNRF for the decision which will help to support the livelihoods of the commercial fishery as it deals with the fall-out from COVID-19.

Questions should be directed to Jane Graham at jane.graham@ocfa.on.ca or 519-658-3270.

Jane Graham, Executive Director, OCFA


June 1, 2020

Please join us in welcoming Michael Thorn, PhD, as OCFA’s new Fisheries Biologist.  Michael comes to the OCFA from the Lake Erie Management Unit, MNRF.   Michael’s email is michael.thorn@ocfa.on.ca and his phone number is 519-732-9965.  Michael will be overseeing all of the OCFA scientific, assessment and research priorities, as well as dealing with specific issues as they arise.  Please reach out to Michael with any questions or to discuss any science related matters, or just to say welcome.

May 14, 2020

Good afternoon.  Please see the following announcement from the Prime Minister regarding support for fish harvesters across Canada.  Specific details of the 2 Programs – Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant - have not been announced and OCFA will continue to monitor and provide updates as they become available.

Prime Minister announces new support for Canada’s fish harvesters

May 14, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadians working in the fishing industry are feeling the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Government of Canada is taking action to support those workers, who help provide families and communities across the country with high-quality fish and seafood.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced up to $469.4 million in new measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters, who are economically impacted by the pandemic but cannot access existing federal measures. This investment builds on the $62.5 million for the new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund announced last month to help Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector.

The Government of Canada will:

Additional details on these measures will be made available soon.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the resilience of Canada’s food system and its workers. We will continue to monitor and respond to the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19, and take additional actions as needed to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and stabilize the economy.


Jane Graham

Executive Director

Ontario Commercial Fisheries’ Association