It’s World Fisheries Day!
This is a day to celebrate the importance of Canada’s aquatic habitats and its role in sustaining both aquatic life and life on land.
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is determined to make a difference for our fish and fish habitat.
Open-Pen Fin Fish Aquaculture
Ending the current practice of salmon aquaculture
Open-pen finfish aquaculture (OPFA) is the farming of fish species in marine or freshwater areas within net pens or cages that are open to the surrounding environment. Open-pen finfish aquaculture alters important aquatic habitats and significantly affects native populations of wild salmon and other wildlife. These effects may put the survival of both Pacific and Atlantic salmon species at risk. Although the aquaculture industry creates economic benefits, because of its significant impact on wildlife, CWF would like to see the practice of OPFA in Canada phased out over the next 10 years. In the meantime, CWF believes it imperative that no more OPFA operations be established in Canada.
Proposed Changes to the Fisheries Act
We're also working towards helping our fish and their habitats through proposed changes to the Fisheries Act, Bill C-68.