About Us

About Us

Our Mission

The Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC) represents a diverse group of year-round groundfish harvesters who work tirelessly to sustainably harvest and manage the valuable marine resources of Atlantic Canada.

Since its inception in 1997, the Atlantic Groundfish Council has evolved to be a leader in the fishing industry. The AGC is on a mission to secure sustainable use of our ocean’s treasures for future generations, and work to improve fisheries of today and tomorrow by actively contributing to fisheries research, ecosystem sustainability and policy development.

We recognize our industry as an integral part of Canada’s coastal rural economy, providing wild fish and seafood to feed the world. We believe in a sustainable, stable and prosperous groundfish fishery for Atlantic Canada, and we are committed to doing our part to make that vision a reality.

Our Members

Our members, operating a range of vessels using mainly otter trawl but also fixed gear fishing methods, are at the heart of the region's thriving seafood industry. They are familiar with what customers want and understand the complexity of the global seafood market.

Their expertise and commitment to responsible fishing practices play a significant role in ensuring the long-term viability of the fishery and the well-being of coastal communities. They adhere to strict catch limits and use cutting-edge fishing technology to mitigate impact on the ecosystem and its environment. Fishing activity is focused in relatively small areas, constituting a very small percentage of the marine environment resulting in a limited impact on the ecosystems. The groundfish industry in Atlantic Canada provides employment, economic stability, and cultural identity. To our members the fishery is more than a job; it's a lifeline that weaves a tapestry of unity and shared purpose.

There is a strong and increasing global demand for premium seafood and we are certain that our member companies, their employees and the communities in which they operate, are able to deliver.

Our Producers