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. Find out more about how we can recover Canada’s fisheries by exploring our campaigns for reducing bycatchmodernizing the Fisheries Act, ending the shark fin trade and protecting habitat.

Fishery Audit 2018

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 report, Fishery Audit 2018, reveals that recent investments made in federal fisheries science capacity have not yet yielded measurable change in fisheries management or stock health. Key findings from the report include: 

  • Only 34 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks are known to be healthy

  • Just over 13 per cent of stocks, including the iconic Northern cod, are critically depleted, requiring immediate action from the government to rebuild them

  • Of the 26 critically depleted stocks, only three have rebuilding plans in place and all three plans do not include the recommended content based on global best practices

  • 37 per cent of Canada’s most important fisheries lack sufficient information to properly determine their health

Find our more about Canada's fisheries at FisheryAudit.ca