Campaign | Oceana Canada

Recovering Canada’s Fisheries

Bringing New Life to One of Our Most Valuable Resources

Less than half of Canada’s fish populations are considered healthy, leaving the success of our once-thriving fishing industry precariously balanced on the abundance of just a few species.

The Campaign

Oceana Canada is working to rebuild Canada’s fisheries to their former abundance

In the 1950s, Canada had the seventh most productive wild fishery in the world. Today, we have sunk to twenty-first place. By consistently implementing existing, internationally proven principles of fisheries management we can recover our threatened fish populations.

Campaign Goals

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada establishes the policy and practice of requiring rebuilding plans for depleted fisheries.
  • Raise awareness about the current state of Canada’s fisheries and the importance of recovery.
  • Identify opportunities for recovery and provide tools to facilitate a brighter future for Canada’s oceans.


In June 2016, Oceana Canada released the most comprehensive and up-to-date public analysis of Canada’s fish stocks, along with summary report highlighting the key findings. On October 26, 2016, leading fisheries management experts came together to chart a bold course for recovery at a science symposium, Rebuilding Abundance: Restoring Canada’s Fisheries for Long-Term Prosperity. View videos, photos and presentations from the symposium here


  • Less than 50 per cent of our major fish stocks are considered healthy
  • Canada’s global ranking of wild fish production dropped from seventh place in the 1950s to 21st place today
  • Canada has a diverse culture and history that connects us to the ocean

Read the Full Science Report

Review Key Findings about Canada’s Fisheries

Watch highlights from the science symposium

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