New research reveals the real state of Canada’s fisheries
It’s easy to say that we’ve learned from the mistakes that led to the collapse of Atlantic groundfish and other species. But have we?
To find out, Oceana Canada commissioned renowned fisheries scientists Dr. Julia K. Baum and Dr. Susanna D. Fuller to assess the state of Canada’s fisheries. The resulting report represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date public analysis ever conducted on the state of Canada’s fish.
We found that although Canada has a long history and diverse culture that connects us to our vast oceans, our fish populations are still severely depleted. Decades after the cod collapse we still have not recovered our ocean abundance. The report also outlines the extent to which overfishing and decades of poor management practices continue to impact Canada’s fish populations.
Some key findings of this report include:
- Only 24% of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy.
- The health of 45% of Canada’s fish stocks cannot be determined due to a lack of data.
- Canada’s seafood industry, although economically prosperous, is dependent on a small number of shellfish species. The lack of diversity makes coastal communities and the Canadian seafood industry vulnerable, as communities could have little to fall back on if these stocks decline.
Now, armed with this information, we need to act. Oceana Canada calls on the government and all Canadians to protect and rebuild our nation’s fisheries and the oceans that support them.
- Read the press release and fact sheet.
- Download Oceana Canada’s summary report: Here’s the Catch: How to Restore Abundance to Canada’s Oceans.
- Download the full scientific report written by Drs. Julia K. Baum and Susanna D. Fuller: Canada’s Marine Fisheries: Status, Recovery Potential and Pathways to Success and corresponding stock summaries for each of the 125 marine fish and invertebrate stocks assessed in the report.
- Take action
Media contact: Lesley Wilmot, 416.583.2352 (office), 647.535.6326 (cell) or [email protected].
Download the Report