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.
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.
- 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