Rebuild Ocean Abundance
Only one third of stocks are considered healthy and 13 per cent are in critical condition, 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 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.
Read Fishery Audit 2017
Learn about the Fisheries Act
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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.