Why are International Actions and Agreements Important for Canadian Ocean Health?

Making change often requires working in diverse ways to achieve the change we want to see.  When it comes to fisheries and oceans management, some fish tend to stay around Canada’s water in preferred habitats, while others migrate through Canadian and international waters. Continue reading

Where Do Maritimers Stand, or Swim, on Marine Protected Areas?

In 1885, Banff National Park was established as Canada’s first national park, to protect its unique and pristine area for future generations. Since that time, hundreds of other federal and provincial terrestrial parks and ecological areas have been designated to protect a variety of and biologically and culturally important environments. Continue reading

On World Tuna Day, let’s ‘tuna’ Canada’s policy on Species at Risk into something great

Today we celebrate the 6th annual World Tuna Day – an opportunity for the world to rejoice with me and my relatives! This is an interesting year for me here in Canada with some big decisions coming about how my species is going to be managed into the future. Continue reading

“Sustainable” Certified Herring: A Long Swim Ahead to True Sustainability

Last week the Marine Stewardship Council certified Canada’s largest herring fishery as “sustainable and well-managed”. Despite this eco-check mark, the Ecology Action Centre continues to be concerned about this fishery. Continue reading

Canada’s Bluefin Tuna Management: Time to Get it Right

Back in August, Fisheries and Oceans Canada released its recommendations on whether or not to list several marine species as endangered or threatened under the Species At Risk Act—one of which was Atlantic bluefin tuna. Regardless of whether the government lists the species on SARA or not, these bluefin need more attention. Continue reading