Rebuild Ocean Abundance

Rebuild Ocean Abundance

Bringing fish populations back to health for thriving coastal communities and abundant oceans

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Rebuild Ocean Abundance

For six years Oceana Canada has audited the health of wild fish and how the government manages fisheries. The results? Canada is failing its oceans and coastal communities, but there is a clear path forward to change this.

FISHERY AUDIT 2022

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. Six years of these audits reveal that the government has made significant investments, developed new policies and updates laws to improve fisheries management. The true measure of success, however is on the water: have these changes led to healthier fisheries?

The short answer is no. Fewer than one-third of wild fish stocks are considered healthy, and the vast majority of critically depleted stocks lack rebuilding plans. The number of healthy fisheries has decreased since 2017, and most of the indicators of good fisheries science, monitoring and management haven’t budged.

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Fisheries Act

In 2019, the government amended the Fisheries Act to restore protections lost under the previous government and created new provisions requiring rebuilding plans for depleted fish stocks . In 2022 new regulations outlining the elements required in a rebuilding plan were released. With this new law, the government must get to work creating rebuilding plans for depleted fish stocks. Oceana Canada will keep up our efforts campaign for more fish and healthy oceans. To learn more about the law that can rebuild Canada’s fish visit the blog.

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Victories

April, 2022

Canadian Government Sets Legally Binding Requirements to Rebuild Depleted Fish Stocks

In a major turning point for the future abundance of Canada’s wild fish, the federal government released new regulations that legally require depleted fish populations to be rebuilt. These regulations fall under the Fisheries Act, which Oceana Canada successfully campaigned to amend in 2019. Oceana Canada and its allies advocated for robust regulations to guide the recovery of Canada’s depleted fisheries, of which less than one-third are considered healthy. The regulations set requirements that are needed in rebuilding plans— that a target must be set to rebuild a stock, a timeline by which it will be achieved and what actions are required to make this change happen. Legally requiring the rebuilding of fisheries means Canada will be better able to prioritize the health of the ocean and the long-term viability fisheries that are essential for coastal communities.

March, 2022

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Closes Two Critically Depleted Fisheries

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) closed the commercial and bait fisheries for two critically depleted species: Atlantic mackerel and Southern Gulf spring herring. Oceana Canada advocated for fishery rebuilding measures to be implemented and called for the closure of both fisheries. Atlantic mackerel and Southern Gulf spring herring play a crucial role in the Northwest Atlantic ecosystem and feed many other species, including whales, seabirds, and commercially important stocks such as cod and tuna. DFO’s decision – a difficult but necessary measure – contributes to the conservation of these forage fish and the long-term prosperity of Canada’s fisheries.

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