Ecology Action Centre

February 6, 2018

New Fisheries Act Restores Lost Protections and Adds Modern Safeguards

Fisheries Act amendments show promise, but true test will be in implementation

Today, the Government of Canada tabled a new Fisheries Act, with the goal of upgrading the Act to restoring protections that were lost as part of the 2012 Omnibus budget Bill as well as add modern safeguards. The Fisheries Act hasn’t seen tangible improvement since it was created in 1868 and has not included a purpose section since amendments were made in 1996.

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December 21, 2017

New Fisheries Closures Mark Progress in Canada’s Ocean Protection Agenda

Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced seven new fisheries closures stretching from the Newfoundland Shelf all the way to the Eastern Arctic and totaling 145,598 km squared. All bottom fishing activity, including traps, longlines, gillnets and bottom trawls will be prohibited. These measures protect just over 2.5% of Canada’s ocean habitat and bring us closer to reaching our international commitment of 10% by 2020.

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November 21, 2017

International Commission Fails on Conservation Measures for both Tuna and Sharks with Only Minor Steps Forward

Risky management decisions, a failure to follow science advice and a lack of negotiating transparency overshadowed this week’s work at the international body that manages the valuable bluefin tuna and other tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded today with an agreement between member governments, including Canada, on a quota which would lead to a decline in the western population of bluefin tuna.

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