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Posted: Fri, Jun 09, 2017
The announcement on World Oceans Day of the formal establishment of St. Anns Bank as a marine protected area, marks the next steps in Canada’s goal of protecting at least 10% of its marine and coastal environment by 2020. 
Posted: Mon, May 29, 2017
In July 2017, countries will meet at th
Posted: Wed, May 17, 2017
Just over a year after the first cod fishery in Atlantic Canada was certified as sustainable by the global Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) the client has voluntarily suspended its eco-certification.
Posted: Thu, May 04, 2017
Today, the Canadian government made an important announcement on the future of Atlantic bluefin tuna. The Canada Gazette published the final decision not to list the Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Species at Risk Act, along with a rationale and the steps they intend to take in lieu of listing.
Posted: Tue, Feb 28, 2017
The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans released its report on the Fisheries Act on Friday, February 24th. Tasked with hearing from experts and stakeholders and receiving submissions from Canadians, members of parliament from all three parties released recommendations to restore protections that were lost during changes made to the Act in 2012, and to explore additional, modern safeguards.
Posted: Thu, Dec 08, 2016
Yesterday, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, countries adopted a resolution calling for increased efforts to protect deep-ocean species and ecosystems from the destructive impacts of deep-sea fishing.
Posted: Mon, Nov 21, 2016
The 20th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas concluded today. Parties agreed to maintain the current quota for the western stock of Atlantic bluefin tuna, however, regarding the eastern stock of bluefin as well as measures for Mediterranean swordfish and bigeye tuna, ICCAT Parties made decisions outside of the scientific advice.
Posted: Thu, Oct 06, 2016
The Ecology Action Centre is disappointed to learn that the Total Allowable Catch for Southwest Nova Scotia/Bay of Fundy herring spawning component was maintained at 50,000 metric tonnes for the 2016 fishing year. The failure of DFO to adequately manage fisheries for forage species has been raised repeatedly over the last six months and it is accepted that herring are important to several other ecosystem components.
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