Rebuild Ocean Abundance
Less than a quarter of Canada’s fish populations are healthy, leaving the success of our once-thriving fishing industry precariously balanced on the continued availability of just a few species.
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.
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.
Read the Full Science Report
Review Key Findings about Canada’s Fisheries
Watch highlights from the science symposium
What We Do
We are 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. Oceana Canada is focused on stopping overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, reducing bycatch, protecting habitat and ending seafood fraud.
Oceana around the World
We are proud to be affiliated with the international family of Oceana organizations. Oceana, Inc., founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. The Oceana family includes organizations in Brazil, Belize, Chile, the European Union, Peru, the Philippines and the United States. Globally, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than 2.5 million square kilometres of habitat.