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, and in the section that asks what the Government of Canada should take into account in its review, share your views on how modernizing the Fisheries Act matters to you, or simply copy this sample text: “The Fisheries Act needs to be modernized to prevent overfishing and to rebuild depleted fish populations. The future of Canada’s oceans and fisheries matter. Please protect them.”

3) Stay tuned for updates from Oceana Canada/The Scuba News Canada on how your voice helped support modernizing the Fisheries Act. We will send out updates as we continue to meet with key decision-makers and seek to appear before the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to outline our recommendations on what essential updates need to be incorporated.

Fill out the survey to show your support for modernizing the Fisheries Act – https://nrcan-rncan.sondages-surveys.ca/s/icerp-aperc/?l=en

Show Your Support for Canada’s Oceans at: http://www.oceana.ca/en/support

 

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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.

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