Oceana Canada is working to rebuild abundance in Canada’s fisheries. In the 1950s, Canada had the seventh most productive wild fishery in the world. Today, we have dropped to 21st place. By consistently implementing internationally proven principles of fisheries management, we can recover our threatened fish populations.

To accomplish this, Oceana Canada’s campaigns address significant barriers to fisheries recovery, tackling issues that offer the greatest potential to restore Canada’s depleted fish populations within our lifetime. 

Campaign progress

In June 2016, Oceana Canada released the most comprehensive and up-to-date public analysis of Canada’s fish stocks, along with a summary report, Here’s the Catch: How to Restore Abundance to Canada’s Oceans. In October 2016, leading fisheries management experts came together to chart a bold course for recovery at a science symposium we hosted, Rebuilding Abundance: Restoring Canada’s Fisheries for Long-Term Prosperity. View videos, photos and presentations from the symposium here. At the symposium, The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the release of key fisheries data as well as a new investment of $24 million per year for science activities that support healthy fish populations.

Find out more about how we can recover Canada’s fisheries by exploring Oceana Canada’s campaigns to reduce bycatch, modernize the Fisheries Act and increase transparency in fisheries management.