Canada's Atlantic Coast
Unfortunately, overfishing, wasteful practices, habitat damage and pollution have brought this region to the brink of ecological collapse and decimated the coastal communities that depend on fisheries jobs. Today, instead of being known for its outstanding productivity, the Northwest Atlantic is recognized globally as an example of fisheries collapse and oceans mismanagement.
There is now agreement among fishing industry leaders, governments and scientists that things have to change. Past single-species approaches to management must be supplemented by a more holistic approach that emphasizes the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem health. By seizing this opportunity and working together, we can return the ecoregion to a balanced state – where healthy fish populations support thriving coastal communities, where whales and seabirds flourish, and where Canada is recognized as a global leader in oceans and fisheries management.
Recent Oceans Blog Posts
“It Cannot Happen Here”? A closer look at the Exxon Valdez spill
Recall that another politician-on-a-mission, the late Senator Ted Stevens, famously promised fishermen in Cordova, Alaska that “not one drop” of oil would be spilled in Prince William Sound. That was before the name of the Exxon ...
“The science fiction nightmare has become reality”
An excerpt from Joseph Boyden’s 2010 speech at WWF-Canada’s Annual Public MeetingThe post “The science fiction nightmare has become reality” appeared first on WWF Canada Blog.
Sinking the myth – The science of bitumen in seawater
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, spilling almost 5-million barrels of oil into the ocean. In spite of a massive cleanup effort, oil continues to foul the seafloor and emerge ...
Man of the cloth: We really can do without plastic bags.
Most of all, the shoreline cleanup allows us to share the joy of doing something together to make the world a better place. It’s both a simple gesture and a gift to our souls when we affirm our respect for the environment and our ...
South Africa sets the bar high with new offshore Marine Protected Area – An inspiration for Canada
Two days ago, the South African government announced its first offshore marine protected area after years of work by the government and our friends at WWF- South Africa, who are ‘elated’ by the news. We applaud South Africa for this ...
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