Author Oceana Canada

Oceana Canada seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were. Canada has the world's longest coastline and is responsible for 2.76 million square kilometers of ocean. This real estate makes Canada one of the world’s major fishing nations, catching 1.1 million metric tons of fish each year, or 1.6 per cent of the world’s wild fish catch by weight, and consistently ranking within the top 25 fish-producing countries in the world. But even with these high yields, Canadian fisheries are performing below their full potential. Fortunately, we know how to fix things. Science-based fishery management – which establishes science-based catch limits, reduces bycatch and protects habitat — is helping the oceans rebound and recover where it is established. Oceana Canada campaigns for national policies that rebuild fisheries and return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health; reduce the harvesting of depleted fisheries; and avoid impacts to other species. We also work to protect key habitat for fish to breed and grow to maturity. Our campaigns address increasing fisheries management transparency and paving the way to recovery for Canada’s depleted fish populations.

Gulf of St. Lawrence Expedition

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Exploring and Protecting Canada’s Oceans. Gulf of St. Lawrence Expedition, August 2017 Oceana Canada, leading scientists and Alexandra Cousteau, Senior Oceana Advisor and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, will set sail to explore never-before-seen parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The week-long expedition is the most in-depth visual exploration of the area in Canada’s history. Thanks to advances in oceanographic research and technology, you too can take part and interact with scientists through a 24-hour live stream and daily video and photo updates shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The expedition team will collect samples as well as videos and images…

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How is Seafood Caught? A Look at Fishing Gear Types in Canada

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Seafood harvested in Canada are caught by a wide variety of fishing gears. Some gear types are known to be harmful to the health of the ocean because they are non-selective, removing species indiscriminately and damaging habitat. Up to 10.3 million tons of sea life is unintentionally caught each year around the world, captured in nets, lines and other gear.  Bycatch is a destructive and wasteful practice that harms many species including those with threatened and endangered populations like sea birds, sharks, sea turtles, whales and fish. According to our report, Collateral damage: How to reduce bycatch in Canada’s commercial fisheries,…

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Tell the Canadian government to prevent unnecessary harm and waste to sea life

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Up to 10.3 million tonnes of sea life is unintentionally caught each year around the world, captured in nets, lines and other gear. Some of this is kept and sold, or released safely; but far too much is put back in the ocean, either dead or dying. In Canada, this includes endangered and threatened species like whales, turtles, sharks and fish. Unfortunately, the Canadian government isn’t consistently monitoring this threat, nor is it taking necessary action to address it. Help sea life escape the net. Sign the petition and call on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to take immediate action and…

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Is the Canadian Government Missing an Opportunity to Stop Seafood Fraud?

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Whether through following Oceana Canada or recent news stories, chances are you’ve heard about the problem of seafood fraud – the dishonest practice of swapping one type of fish for another species or mislabeling seafood products. Even more likely is that at one point or another, you’ve been the victim of a seafood scam. Let’s put this into perspective: Seafood fraud hurts our health and our wallets Have you ever ordered white tuna at a sushi restaurant? You may have been served escolar, commonly called “the Ex-Lax of fish,” because of the digestive issues it causes. Looking forward to eating…

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Canadian Marine Animals You’ve Likely Never Heard Of

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Many people don’t really know what’s in our oceans. When asked to name a species, we’re likely to mention an adorable marine mammal, such as a whale. Whales are indeed amazing animals, but there are plenty of other species in the ocean that make up a diverse and fascinating ecosystem. Here are just some of the unique species found in Canada’s oceans that you likely haven’t heard of. Lophelia pertusa Lophelia is a cold-water coral that grows throughout the North Atlantic. Coral is made up of many little animals called polyps. Lophelia can be found off the coast of Nova…

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Less Than a Quarter of Canada’s Fish Populations are Considered Healthy

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Canada’s fish populations, and the health of our oceans, are at risk. According to the most comprehensive and up-to-date public analysis ever conducted on the state of Canada’s fish, only 24 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy, and the health of 45 per cent cannot be determined due to a lack of data. This is a serious problem, but there is good news: We can fix this. Watch the video above and then join Oceana Canada to support policies and practices that can make our oceans healthy again. Learn more at: http://www.oceana.ca/en/blog/less-quarter-canadas-fish-populations-are-considered-healthy

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Five Facts about Great White Sharks in Canada

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Earlier this summer a great white shark sighting was reported off the Atlantic coast of Canada. Although these sightings are rare, white sharks do visit Canadian waters, in fact their range extends from sub-arctic to tropical waters. To help boost your shark smarts, we’re counting down five facts about white sharks. 1. The largest confirmed white shark caught in Canada was more than five metres long. It was caught off the coast of PEI in 1983. 2. White shark populations are dangerously low around the world, which is why COSEWIC listed them as an endangered species in Canada. 3.…

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The Honourable Minister LeBlanc announces a big step forward for more transparent fisheries management

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On the 26th October 2016 at Oceana Canada’s symposium, Rebuilding Abundance: Restoring Canada’s Fisheries for Long-Term Prosperity, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that his department has released key information on the status of Canadian fish stocks, sharing the results of an annual Sustainability Survey for Fisheries, and investing additional funds to increase science capacity. “We applaud the Minister’s commitment to transparency – sharing a clear picture o­f how our fish populations are doing will allow the government to make responsible decisions based on science, and allow all Canadians to assess progress…

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More Speakers Announced for Oceana Canada’s Landmark Symposium

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On October 26, 2016, Oceana Canada will bring together leading fisheries experts in Ottawa for the landmark science symposium, Rebuilding Abundance: Restoring Canada’s Fisheries for Long-Term Prosperity. We are pleased to announce that the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will join Canadian and international experts in science, management, policy, law, social equity, economic and Indigenous knowledge systems to help create a sustainable future for Canada’s fish and fisheries. Alexandra Cousteau will also share stories from the sea that span a lifetime: from her early years aboard the calypso, to her work today advocating…

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Updating the Fisheries Act, one of Canada’s oldest pieces of legislation

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Take Action – Your Voice is Needed The Government of Canada is consulting with Canadians to hear their views on how to improve various environmental regulations, including the Fisheries Act, before August 31, 2016. Responses to a short questionnaire will be used to inform government panels and committees about changes that Canadians want to see happen. By taking just a few minutes to fill out this survey, you’ll be adding your voice to helping rebuild and protect our marine fisheries. Here’s how you can help: 1) Visit the Government of Canada’s survey before August 31, 2016. 2) Fill out the survey,…

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