Strengthening Canada’s Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture: From Fin to Fork

The Conference Board of Canada, 100 pages, December 5, 2013
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Canada’s commercial fisheries and aquaculture sector can benefit from the rising demand for fish and seafood by improving harvesting and processing methods, protecting the environment and resource, and modernizing governance.

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Fish and seafood are valuable sources of nutrients and part of a healthy diet. With the right positioning, Canada’s commercial fisheries and aquaculture sector can realize significant economic and ecological gains from growth opportunities to meet rising—largely foreign—demand. This expanding market represents growth opportunities for Canada’s fisheries and aquaculture sector, primarily through improved value-based processing, increased value of landed wild-caught fish, and augmented aquaculture production and marketing. To protect fish and seafood resources and habitats, greater investments will be needed in sustainability, conservation, rebuilding of depleted fish stocks, and reduction of waste (bycatch and bushing). This report exams the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Canada, assesses the resource supply, and examines current governance policies, practices, and legislation. It concludes with recommendations on how to improve the sector’s economic prosperity and increase its environmental sustainability.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Résume

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Purpose of the Report
  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Report Overview
  • About the Canadian Fisheries

Chapter 2—A Growing Demand for Fish as Food

  • Global Demand: A Growth Opportunity for Canada’s Fish and Aquaculture Sector
  • Reassuring Consumers
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—Canadian Harvesting, Farming, and Processing Performance

  • Canada’s Fish and Seafood Supply
  • Change Management Approaches
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4—Commercial Fishery and Aquaculture Environmental Sustainability Challenges

  • Reversing Fish Sustainability Performance
  • Ecological Challenges
  • Sustainable Management Practices of Commercial Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—Recommendations

  1. Communicate the Health and Sustainability Benefits of Fish and Seafood Consumption to Domestic Consumers
  2. Support the Transition to Business-Oriented Models
  3. Modernize Regulations and Legislation
  4. Increase Fishery and Aquaculture Sector Collaboration and Co-Management
  5. Expand and Improve Fisheries Management, Including the Use of Rights-Based Approaches
  6. Set Ecological Limits and Objectives, and Ensure They Are Met
  7. Improve and Promote Eco-Certification Efforts
  8. Improve Fisheries and Environmental Performance Data

Appendix A—Bibliography

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