Rebuild Ocean Abundance
Fewer Canadian marine stocks can be considered healthy compared to three years ago – a worrying trend of decline. Today, less than a third are considered healthy and 17 per cent are in the critical zone, where conservation actions are crucial. This leaves the success of our once-thriving fishing industry precariously balanced on the continued availability of just a few species.
FISHERY AUDIT 2019
Oceana Canada’s annual Fishery Audit reports on the state of fish stocks and tracks progress on how well the government is meeting its policy and management commitments. This year’s Audit reveals that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has not implemented many proven tools needed to rebuild depleted fish population. Key findings include:
• Only 29 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks are known to be healthy, down from just over 34 per cent healthy in 2017.
• The number of stocks considered to be critically depleted has increased to 17 per cent from 13 per cent in 2017, requiring immediate action from the government to rebuild them.
• More crustaceans entered the critical zone in 2019, which is particularly worrying because the value of Canada’s seafood industry depends heavily on crustaceans.
• Only 18 per cent of Canada’s critically depleted fish population have plans in place to rebuild them to healthy levels.
• Canada must implement its long-awaited National Fishery Monitoring Policy and ensure all commercial fisheries have sufficient levels of monitoring with accurate total catch estimates.
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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.
Oceans of Opportunity: The Economic Case for Rebuilding Northern Cod
An Oceana Canada-commissioned study, Oceans of Opportunity: The economic case for rebuilding northern cod, found that a healthy northern cod fishery could provide 16 times more jobs and five times more economic value than what its worth today. With low fishing pressure and favourable environmental conditions, the fishery could recover in as few as 11 years, supporting 26,000 jobs and increasing in value to $233 million in today’s dollars. This study shows that the long-term potential of this fishery vastly outweighs the limited returns we might get from it now. The good news is that northern cod has tremendous potential to bounce back to healthy levels and support a lucrative, sustainable fishery.
Oceana Canada is calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to set a quota and implement a rebuilding plan that supports recovering the population and allowing the fishery to achieve its full potential.
Read Oceans of Opportunity: The economic case for rebuilding northern cod here.
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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.