Less than a third, 29.4 per cent, of Canada’s marine stocks can confidently be considered healthy and 17 per cent are in the critical zone, where conservation actions are crucial.
Progress on implementing rebuilding plans remains slow, there are plans in place for just 18 per cent of critically depleted stocks.
Commercial fisheries in Canada still lack sufficient levels of monitoring with accurate total catch estimates.
*Per cent indicated of maximum sustainable yield or equivalent proxy.
There is a rare opportunity for ambitious progress in 2020 and beyond to create change on the water, increasing the number of stocks in the healthy zone and building resilience to climate change. To address the issues identified in this report, Oceana Canada has developed the following recommendations for action in the next year.