Commercial Fishing

The Northwest Territories is well-known for its bountiful freshwater resources. With these resources comes world-class fish stock. 

Commercial fishing in the Northwest Territories centres on Great Slave Lake, with Yellowknife and Hay River serving as hubs. 

Annually, the commercial fishery currently generates over $1 million to the territorial economy. After years of decline, the fishery is now trending in a positive direction. 

The GNWT has placed refreshed emphasis on this under-utilized resource in the interest of broadening the territory's economic horizons. 

To this end, GNWT has created a strategy to revitalize the Great Slave Lake fishery. Learn more here