Statement from Josh Laughren, Oceana Canada’s Executive Director, regarding the renewed Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan

Press Release Date: July 21, 2022

Oceana Canada supports the federal government’s announcement of $2 billion for Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan. The oceans are the life support system of the planet. If invested wisely, this funding provides an opportunity to protect and safeguard the oceans.

We encourage the government to enhance ocean protection and resiliency by focusing on rebuilding depleted fish populations, to improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of supply chains by implementing a boat-to-plate traceability system for seafood, and to better manage marine traffic by creating permanent protection for whales including endangered North Atlantic right whales.

We further encourage collaboration with Indigenous Peoples to transform the way Canada approaches fisheries, bringing together all perspectives as part of the continued commitment to reconciliation. 


For more information or to arrange an interview with Josh Laughren, please contact:

Angela Pinzon, Pilot PMR,, 647-295-0517
Jennifer Whyte, Oceana Canada,, 647-860-6003

Oceana Canada was established as an independent charity in 2015 and is part of the largest international advocacy group dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana Canada has successfully campaigned to end the shark fin trade, make rebuilding depleted fish populations the law, improve the way fisheries are managed and protect marine habitat. We work with civil society, academics, fishers, Indigenous Peoples and the federal government to return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health and abundance. By restoring Canada’s oceans, we can strengthen our communities, reap greater economic and nutritional benefits and protect our future. Find out more at