Unlocking Our Potential for Abundant Oceans:
Canada's Performance from 2017-2021

Canada is failing our marine fisheries. After a half decade, little has changed on the water.

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How Canada is failing its fisheries
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Voices

Experts Speak Out – Loud and Clear

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“We have a responsibility to take no action today that will compromise the ecological integrity of an area in the future."

Elder Albert Marshall, LLD, Moose Clan of the Mi’kmaw Nation.
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“Canadian fisheries management must emphasize rebuilding depleted fish populations to healthy levels."

Dr. Daniel Pauly, Professor & Principal Investigator, Sea Around Us, The University of British Columbia and Oceana Board Member.
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“My family’s fishing enterprise was passed down from my grandfather. So I stick with this, everything he worked for would stay in the family."

Jasmine Paul, fisher, Come by Chance N.L.
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Numbers

THE PROOF IS IN THE NUMBERS

Science, monitoring and management indicators are used to assess fisheries management and determine progress toward restoring ocean abundance.

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Science

How healthy are stocks today and how different factors will affect them in the future.

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Monitoring

Determine how many fish are
harvested and discarded
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Management

Based on data that consider the entire ecosystem and prioritize long-term health.

Forage Fish

Forage fish like capelin, herring and mackerel are far more valuable in the ocean than in the net yet Canada keeps putting fishing pressure on these depleted populations.

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MAPPING THE MOST
DANGEROUSLY DEPLETED STOCKS

In 2021, DFO published plans for two critically depleted stocks: Atlantic mackerel and the iconic northern cod. But, just like the other plans that were released from 2017-2021, the new plans lack adequate timelines and the targets required to help these populations recover to healthy levels.

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Solutions

Change is needed

The need for science-based precautionary fisheries management has never been greater – to build resiliency, hedge against climate change risks and create a thriving ocean economy.

Make the Next Five Years Count

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Pass strong Fisheries Act rebuilding regulations

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Integrate ocean ecosystem considerations

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Make decisions about wild fish based on science and Indigenous Knowledge

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Count everything caught in a fishery

WE CAN SAVE THE OCEANS
AND FEED THE WORLD.

Oceana Canada works with civil society, academics, fishers, Indigenous Peoples and the 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.

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