Canada’s oceans are healthy and our coastal communities thrive. This is achieved through sound conservation-based management, equitable policy and resilient markets that incentivize sustainable fishing practices, while ensuring that Canadians have access to fresh, fair fish.
How We Work
We work locally, nationally and internationally towards protecting the marine ecosystem and maintaining sustainable fisheries, which support vibrant coastal communities.
We pride ourselves in being able to use a variety of tools to achieve our marine conservation goals and objectives, which have and will continue to result in positive changes on the water. We advocate, conduct research, engage in public education, as well market based approaches and legal tools to achieve our campaign goals. Collaborative efforts with Canadians and international NGOS, scientists, fishing organizations and government agencies are integral to our approach.
We work in five main program areas, through specific projects and ongoing core program activities.
Program Areas and Projects
- Coastal Livelihoods: We want healthy, vibrant coastal communities where sustainable fisheries are a meaningful source of employment.
- Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture: We advocate for fishing and aquaculture practices that minimize harmful impacts on the marine ecosystem.
- Fisheries Policy: We advocate for national and international fisheries and marine conservation laws, policies and regulations that are science-based, transparent and enforceable.
- Marine Spatial Planning: We envision a robust marine spatial plan in Atlantic Canadian waters that includes marine protected areas.
- Sustainable Seafood: We work towards consumer and retailer access to properly labelled sustainable seafood choices that support locally owned and operated fisheries where possible.