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Tell the Government to end the Plastic Disaster

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For more than half a century, the plastics industry has deflected blame on to consumers or “litter bugs” for plastic pollution, rather than investing in reuse systems or alternative plastic-free choices. 

But it’s not your fault.

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Now is the time to demand that our government stand up to Big Plastic and cut this harmful pollutant off at the source. We need a strong ban on harmful single-use plastics in Canada.

There’s no denying it: Plastic pollution is killing whales, dolphins, sea turtles and seabirds.

The Canadian government is taking steps to turn the tide on plastic pollution but is only planning to ban six single-use plastic items: plastic bags, stir sticks, six-pack rings, straws, cutlery and takeout containers made from plastics that are hard to recycle. These six items are only a “fraction of one per cent” of the plastic products we use — a drop in the bucket for an ocean drowning in plastic pollution. As-is, the ban won’t make a dent in the 3.3 million tonnes of plastic that is thrown away in Canada every year. 

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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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