The State of the Water Report for Canada is the first of its kind and provides a detailed analysis of the positive effect that MSC certification is having on the fisheries that have chosen to be assessed against the MSC Fisheries Standard.
The inaugural report presents evidence of how MSC certification is a credible and robust catalyst for fishery improvements in Canada, leading to fisheries increasing the health of certified fish stocks, minimizing their impact of the marine environment, and maintaining the management measures that underscore this good practice.
The report utilizes data collected from MSC audits and assessments stretching back 15 years, to map out the impacts and progress that have been made in Canadian fisheries since the MSC program was launched here.
There have been 153 improvements since 2008 to make Canada's fishing practices far more sustainable, and fisheries that have completed two full certification cycles have notably improved their sustainability scores across all three MSC Fisheries Principles.
In the report
Case Studies: Leading change in, on and around the water
In Newfoundland, the OCI Grand Banks yellowtail flounder fishery implemented numerous improvement measures, including cutting-edge TrackWell systems on all its vessels that calculates the fishery's footprint with unprecedented accuracy, to help monitor and best manage bycatch of which are flounder and cod, a population still in recovery.
On Cedar Lake in remote Northern Manitoba, a collaborative, community-focused approach was required to deliver the improvements needed to prepare for MSC certification. Its legacy is a Collaborative Stock Monitoring program that shares agency for the monitoring and management of the fishery with community fishers.
Part of a highly complex, 70 plus species groundfish fishery, the B.C. Pacific halibut and hake fisheries spearheaded pivotal stock assessments for two Endangered, Threatened or Protected (ETP) species resulting in new quotas and improved protections for them across all B.C. commercial groundfish fisheries.