In Canada, the total amount of fish caught is at an all-time low. Since 1970, the biomass of Canadian marine stocks have declined by 55 per cent, and according to a 2012 report by the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on Sustaining Canada’s Marine Biodiversity, the sustainability of our fisheries is among the lowest in the developed world.

There are many examples of successfully rebuilt fisheries. In virtually every case, the process starts with following the science, setting goals and timelines, and reporting publicly on progress and results.

Unlike Europe and the United States, Canada has never released a comprehensive review of the status of our fisheries, and in many cases has not set targets for rebuilding them when needed.

Oceana Canada is calling for a transparent approach to Canadian fisheries management based on international best practices so that our marine resources can become sustainable. With a strong commitment to science and transparency, we can help save the oceans and feed the world.

Campaign goal

Fisheries and Oceans Canada releases information about Canada’s fish populations and recovery plans for depleted populations.

At Oceana Canada’s science symposium in October 2016, The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the release of key data on the state of Canada’s oceans. This is a positive first step, and Oceana Canada will continue to advocate for transparency in fisheries management, using this newly accessible data to better understand and protect Canada’s oceans and fisheries.