What We Do | Oceana Canada

What We Do

Oceana Canada is dedicated to protecting and restoring our oceans.

Our Vision

Oceana Canada seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were.

Canada has the world's longest coastline and is responsible for 2.76 million square kilometers of ocean. This real estate makes Canada one of the world’s major fishing nations, catching 1.1 million metric tonnes of fish each year, or 1.6 per cent of the world’s wild fish catch by weight, and consistently ranking within the top 25 fish-producing countries in the world. But even with these high yields, Canadian fisheries are performing below their full potential. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management – which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana Canada campaigns for national policies that rebuild fisheries and return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health; reduce the harvesting of depleted fisheries; and avoid impacts to other species. We also work to protect key habitat for fish to breed and grow to maturity. Our campaigns address increasing fisheries management transparency and paving the way to recovery for Canada’s depleted fish populations.

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  • We’re connected to three oceans; the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Ocean
  • Oceana Canada envision a future where the world's oceans are filled with life
  • We’re committed to rebuilding Canada’s fisheries and returning our oceans to health
  • Canada has the world’s longest coastline and an ocean territory that's 70 per cent of its land mass

Our Campaigns

Here's how we're helping to protect the oceans

Oceana Canada works with civil society, academics, fishers and the government to return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health and abundance.

 By restoring Canada’s oceans, we can strengthen our communities, reap greater economic and nutritional benefits and protect our future.