Media Room | Oceana Canada

Media Room

Oceana Canada is an independent charity committed to rebuilding Canada’s oceans by winning policy victories that increase biodiversity and abundance through science-based fisheries management. We do this by running campaigns – leveraging law, science, grassroots mobilization and communications – designed to achieve specific policy outcomes that will make a difference for the health of our oceans. We are part of the largest international advocacy group dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Globally, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than 2.5 million square kilometres of habitat. Oceana Canada is focused on stopping overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, reducing bycatch, protecting habitat and ending seafood fraud. We will achieve this by working to ensure rigorous policies are developed, put into practice and enforced in order to lay the foundation for sustainable fisheries and healthy oceans.  

To find out more about Oceana Canada, download our About Us PDF.


Media Contact

Lesley Wilmot, Communications Director

Office: 416-583-2352

Cell: 647-535-6326

[email protected]




Interview Opportunities


Josh Laughren, Executive Director 

For nearly 20 years, Josh has been a leader in advancing Canadian conservation and climate change efforts, including serving 10 years as National Marine Conversation Director for WWF-Canada. He also led the first Earth Hour in Canada, which rallied more than 10 million Canadians to voice support for action on climate change.

Topics: fisheries policy and law, government announcements, state of Canadian fisheries (east, west and the Artic), transparency in fisheries management, the state of global fisheries, Canada’s leadership role.


Dr. Robert Rangeley, Director of Science 

Robert is a marine biologist with extensive field experience on and in the waters of Atlantic Canada. His earlier research studies included predatory behaviour and habitat use in a range of species from juvenile fishes, green crabs, lobsters, seabirds and the effects of seaweed harvesting and aquaculture on biodiversity. For 14 years he helped build WWF-Canada’s marine program and served as a conservation Vice President leading science, research and innovation in Canada and WWF’s global fisheries initiatives.

Topics: marine ecology, fisheries bycatch and gear solutions, identification of critical habitats and protected areas, fisheries management and governance, sustainable seafood markets and investment, academic research partnerships.


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