Tell the Canadian government to rebuild depleted fish populations

URGENT: Despite significant government commitments and investments in sustainable fisheries, only a quarter of Canada’s fish populations are considered healthy. Economically important crustaceans and ecologically essential forage fish are also declining, making the situation dire.​

Healthy oceans, the planet and our economy need abundant fish populations. Alarmingly, Canada’s wild fish populations are continuing to decline and government action needed to address this and prevent overfishing has stalled right when we need it most.

According to Oceana Canada’s latest Fishery Audit, important data is missing for more than a third of Canada’s fisheries. This makes it difficult or nearly impossible to accurately assess their health or determine how to sustainably manage them. At the current rate, it will take 37 years before Canada has developed plans for rebuilding all critically depleted populations. Are we willing to let fish populations continue to languish in depleted states for nearly 40 more years?!

It’s time for action to rebuild depleted fish populations. Tell the Canadian government that it must sustainably manage Canada’s fisheries for the health of the oceans and for everyone who relies on fishing for their livelihood. Add your name, before it’s too late.

Dear Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,

Rebuilding fish populations is good for the environment and the economy, but Oceana Canada’s Fishery Audit 2020 shows that fish populations are depleted and government action to support their rebuilding has stalled. At the current rate, it will take 37 years before Canada has developed plans for rebuilding all our critically depleted populations.  
Approximately a quarter of Canada’s fish populations can confidently be considered healthy, and we’re seeing troubling decreases in crustaceans and forage fish.
I support rebuilding depleted fish populations and call on the Canadian government to take the following actions:
  • Complete regulations to bring into force the new provisions in the Fisheries Act, including identifying major stocks and requiring targets and timelines for completed rebuilding plans; 
  • Address inconsistencies in catch monitoring by implementing the national Fishery Monitoring Policy introduced in November 2019; and 
  • Develop and implement high-quality rebuilding plans that include targets and timelines for stocks identified in the 2020/21 work plans.
Please prioritize Canada’s oceans and the health of its fish populations and help ensure future generations inherit abundant marine ecosystems full of life.