Petition

Stop Overfishing in Canada

70,641 signatures. Let’s get to 80K

To many, fish are not as charismatic, charming, or cute as some of the ocean’s most iconic species, like whales. They are the ocean’s underdogs, quietly supporting large marine ecosystems. But today, Canada’s fish populations are in deep trouble, and they need you to root for them now more than ever.

Add your voice to demand that the Canadian government stop overfishing and rebuild depleted wild fish populations.

The Canadian government’s mismanagement of fisheries is leading to overfishing of wild fish populations – making it impossible to conserve and support the long-term health of the ocean. To address this threat, Oceana Canada and Only One are teaming up on a mission to stop overfishing in Canada and encourage Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Joyce Murray, to make an abundant, healthy ocean a priority for coastal fishing communities, food security, and our planet. Canada boasts the world’s longest coastline and manages a sprawling 2.76 million square kilometers of ocean in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic. Because of its critical proximity to ocean resources, Canada is also home to one of the world’s most significant fishing industries, catching more than 1.1 million metric tonnes of fish every year. Seafood is the single largest food export, and Canada consistently ranks in the top 25 fish-producing countries in the world.

Canada’s current approach to managing wild fish is defective and it’s devastating the ocean.

A half-decade of assessing the state of fish populations and how they are being managed in Oceana Canada’s annual Fishery Audit has shown that Canada is failing. Fewer than one-third of Canada’s fisheries are considered healthy and nearly 80 per cent of depleted fish populations don’t even have rebuilding plans to bring them back to healthy levels.

And the problem is much worse than the government admits.

The Canadian government claims there are 33 critically depleted stocks, which are fish populations that are in urgent need of conservation. New Oceana Canada research shows there could be as many as 58. These species, including ecologically important capelin, are being managed in the dark, without adequate information. Some invertebrate stocks, like snow crab and shrimp, are depleted and yet the government still considers them ‘uncertain.'

This is leading to overfishing that harms the ocean and coastal communities and fails to meet the full potential of our seafood industry. Snow crab is one of the most economically valuable species in Canada that was worth over half a billion dollars in 2020 and, according to Oceana Canada research, several snow crab stocks are depleted. If managed for its long-term health it could be worth much more for coastal communities.

We have a small window of opportunity to stop overfishing in Canada.

This petition makes it clear to Minister Murray how to change Canada’s failing fisheries: 

  1. List all fisheries under the Fisheries Act regulations. By implementing existing laws, the government will document and account for fisheries and rebuild those that are depleted.

  2. Require a status for species currently listed as ‘uncertain’ and use modern fisheries management informed by science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. This should prioritize species that can have long-term benefits for the ecosystem, economy, and socio-cultural underpinnings of coastal communities.

Sign the petition to demand that the Canadian government stops overfishing and prioritizes rebuilding healthy wild fish.

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Emelia B

You can tell these guys havent watched Nemo….cmon guys: “fish are friends, NOT food”-to be unethically sourced and insanely depleted (becoming critic…

10 months ago
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Whitney L

We need to initiate a change. In MULTIPLE aspects regarding animal wildlife and iur enviroment. This is one small way to help.

10 months ago
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Dr Kathryn M

I am concerned about building and maintaining a healthy ocean biosphere. Over fishing interrupts a natural cycle by depleting a vital source in this…

11 months ago
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Jocelyn E

I op

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Sara U

please slow it down - we’re killing life

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Rebecca A

our oceans arent healthy

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Eileen H

overfishing will fataly change and destroy the ecosystem. the fishes can't reproduse, starvation of the bigger pray and overabundant of smaller specie…

11 months ago
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Chigozie A

seafood

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Gabrielle H

We need to protect our ocean biodiversity.

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Melina S

humans take to much

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Kate D

we need to protect our oceans and wildlife.

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Pati M

I care!!

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Boadichea O

i am signing because these need to be signed to helo save our planet.

11 months ago
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Aaliyah H

overfishing is wrong and inconsiderate to the sea life that lives on this earth with us!! humans need to stop being so selfish!! greed is the sin that…

11 months ago
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Camilo C

i am signing because there are more options to provide food for everybody, and destroy our environments never is an option.

11 months ago
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Ella L

This is wrong and something needs to be done.

11 months ago
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Rajveer R

i love penguins.i think that they are one of the cutest species that exists.

11 months ago
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Veronika S

i dont want to hurt animals who are getting in nets for no reason

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Omar R

its not fair to cause a species to extinction for money

11 months ago
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Jamil G

because i love fish not to eat simply because i love how they are our distance relatives

11 months ago
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Adam V

Overfishing is severely unsustainable and will eventually lead to ecosystem collapse.

11 months ago
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Lauren B

Animals are an essential part of the earth's ecosystem. We will destroy the planet if we kill everything on it.

11 months ago
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Alison T

i love sea life

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Karlia B

I am signing because I believe we must stop the human greed and rape of our planets natural resources for the future health of all living species.

11 months ago
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Lucy R

we need balance for health and happiness for all life

11 months ago
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