In the 1950s, Canada had the seventh most productive wild fishery in the world. Today, we have sunk to twenty-first place. By consistently implementing existing, internationally proven principles of fisheries management we can recover our threatened fish populations.

Campaign Goals

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada establishes the policy and practice of requiring rebuilding plans for depleted fisheries.
  • Raise awareness about the current state of Canada’s fisheries and the importance of recovery.
  • Identify opportunities for recovery and provide tools to facilitate a brighter future for Canada’s oceans.


In June 2016, Oceana Canada released the most comprehensive and up-to-date public analysis of Canada’s fish stocks, along with summary report highlighting the key findings. On October 26, 2016, leading fisheries management experts came together to chart a bold course for recovery at a science symposium, Rebuilding Abundance: Restoring Canada’s Fisheries for Long-Term Prosperity. View videos, photos and presentations from the symposium here


  • Less than 50 per cent of our major fish stocks are considered healthy
  • Canada’s global ranking of wild fish production dropped from seventh place in the 1950s to 21st place today
  • Canada has a diverse culture and history that connects us to the ocean