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 October, Oceana Canada released, Fishery Audit 2017, the most comprehensive review of the state of Canada’s fisheries and the first annual assessment of how the government is managing them. The results revealed that Canadian fisheries are in trouble: only one third of stocks are considered healthy and 13 per cent are in critical condition. Further, the health of 36 per cent can’t be determined because there is insufficient information to properly assess them. Fishery Audit 2017 includes information on 194 stocks, representing all major marine fisheries and the most ever analyzed in Canada. 

In February 2018, the Canadian government announced a new Fisheries Act (Bill C-68) which included provisions for rebuilding fish populations, but the current purposed language is weak. Without stronger wording, the Act will continue to leave depleted fish populations unprotected. We will continue to work with the Canadian government, Indigenous Peoples, communities and other stakeholders to strengthen the Fisheries Act for the benefit of our oceans and everyone who relies on them. 

Find out more about how we can recover Canada’s fisheries by exploring our campaigns for reducing bycatch, modernizing the Fisheries Act and protecting habitat.