Regional Director of Conservation and Protection, Enforcement
Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Mike Carlson is the Regional Director of Conservation and Protection, the enforcement arm of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.(DFO)
He joined DFO in January 2017, after twenty nine years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he retired as an Inspector. Mike has held several executive positions in Municipal, Provincial and Federal enforcement units that investigated criminal activity associated to: anti-terrorism legislation, drug and human trafficking, enforcement operations at Vancouver International Airport, land and marine ports, marine security operations, and the RCMP/US Coast Guard Shiprider Program. Mike also had previously served as the RCMP Liaison Officer to DFO.
Mike joined the DFO in January 2017 and currently oversees the Conservation and Protection (C&P) Program which is the enforcement arm for DFO. C&P is responsible for the enforcement of the Canadian Federal Fisheries Act, Coast Fisheries Protection Act, Canada Shipping Act and several other related legislation and regulations for the Pacific Coast and Yukon.
Under his current role, Mike oversees the operations of fishery officers and support staff in 33 Detachments and offices throughout the Pacific Region, including the off shore marine patrol program, aerial surveillance unit, and the international engagement unit.
Mike is the Chair of the Enforcement Group for the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and a member of the CANUS and Five Eyes MDA Working Group.
Outside of work Mike and family love to camp and spend as much time in the out-doors as possible.