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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.

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“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 in rebuilding our fisheries,” said Josh Laughren, Executive Director, Oceana Canada. “Researchers and environmental organizations have been calling on the government to release this information for years. This provides an important foundation for rebuilding Canada’s fish stocks and creating a sustainable fishing industry for generations to come.”

A recent Oceana Canada report revealed that the health of 45 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks cannot be determined due to a lack of data. Without a clear understanding of the health of Canada’s major fish stocks, it’s impossible to assess if decisions are being based on science. The commitment from Minister LeBlanc will help all Canadians contribute to building a sustainable fishing industry, for the benefit of Canadian communities.

The results of the Sustainability Survey for Fisheries are now online for the first time, allowing Canadians to monitor the health and progress of 159 of Canada’s commercial fish stocks. Additionally, the new investment will include a commitment of $24 million per year, which will be devoted exclusively to science activities that support healthy fish stocks.

“The Oceana Canada symposium will highlight important insights from leading experts in science and fisheries management,” says Laughren. “We are excited to use this knowledge and the released information from the government to build a vision for sustainable and prosperous Canadian fisheries.”

For more information on the symposium, including the full program and roster of experts, please visit oceana.ca/RebuildingAbundance



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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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