Photo: Center for Whale Research

Canada’s oceans need your support

Help make 2020 a great year for Canada’s coastal waters!

The 2020s will be a pivotal decade for nature. Let’s make safeguarding whales, creating marine protection networks, rebuilding fish populations, phasing out open net-pen fish farms and protecting marine species at risk top priorities for the next federal budget.

The David Suzuki Foundation is one of 22 environmental organizations in the Green Budget Coalition, which develops recommendations for the federal budget. Charting a course to healthy oceans requires a solid plan, which is why GBC’s 2020 budget for nature includes funding for:

  • Marine planning, including co-governance, marine protected area networks, national marine conservation areas and conservation economy development.
  • Increasing fisheries stock assessment and monitoring capacity and ensuring data transparency.
  • Enhancing capacity to meet Species at Risk Act requirements to recover abundance of endangered and threatened aquatic species throughout Canada’s coastal waters, particularly salmon and whales.
  • Creating a responsible aquaculture sector through research, monitoring, enforcement and incentives for alternative production methods.
  • Implementing regulations that finalize revisions to the Oceans Act and Fisheries Act.

Tell Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the prime minister and your MP it’s time for Canada to make significant investments in nature, instead of subsidizing the fossil fuel industry.