Oceana Canada

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Oceana Canada was established as an independent charity in 2015 and is part of the largest international advocacy group dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana Canada works with civil society, academics, fishers, Indigenous Peoples and the federal government to return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health and abundance. By restoring Canada’s oceans, we can strengthen our communities, reap greater economic and nutritional benefits, and protect our future.

Started 3 petitions

Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson


English | français URGENT: Stop Canada From Drowning the Oceans in Plastics TELL THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IT MUST MEET ITS COMMITMENT TO BAN UNNECESSARY SINGLE-USE PLASTICS BY 2021 Our world is facing a plastic crisis. Plastic is everywhere and in everything. It’s in Arctic ice, every fish tested in the Great Lakes, beluga whales, seabirds and the food we eat. Plastics have been found on the seafloor and even in ocean breeze.  22 million kilograms of plastic leaks into the ocean every day – roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute.  This is devastating our planet. Whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life are dying. The health of the ocean is in peril.  To make matters worse, the volume of plastic waste is expected to increase four times by 2050. Canada is part of the problem but can also be part of the solution. Canadians want a future with plastic-free choices. The federal government has committed to reducing single-use plastics to stop the flow of this toxic waste into the oceans. If the government fails to act, the oceans will continue to drown in plastic. We must act now to ensure Canada implements a national ban on unnecessary single-use plastics. JOIN OCEANA CANADA AND TELL THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT THAT WE WANT HARMFUL AND UNNECESSARY SINGLE-USE PLASTICS BANNED BY 2021 Together, we can help Canada #EndThePlasticDisaster.

Oceana Canada
108,290 supporters
Petitioning Jonathan Wilkinson, Justin Trudeau

Mettons fin au commerce cruel des ailerons de requins au Canada

Anglais Les requins peuplent nos océans depuis 420 millions d’années, 200 millions d’années avant les dinosaures. Ils sont de redoutables prédateurs qui permettent de conserver l’équilibre de leur écosystème et sont des indicateurs de la santé de nos océans. Les ailerons de requins sont en forte demande. Les requins sont une des espèces les plus exploitées sur notre planète. Près de 73 millions de requins sont brutalement tués à chaque année. La pêche aux ailerons de requins se pratique de façon violente et engendre le gaspillage. La coupe des ailerons est souvent pratiquée sur des requins vivants. Ils sont ensuite rejetés à la mer, mutilés, où ils se noieront, saigneront à mort ou seront mangés par d’autres poissons. La pêche aux ailerons de requins est illégale au Canada. Cependant, le Canada en est le plus grand importateur après l’Asie. Selon Statistique Canada, plus de 170,000 kilogrammes ont été importés en 2017, une augmentation de plus de 60% par rapport à 2012. Les recherches démontrent que 76% des ailerons utilisés viennent d’espèces de requins qui sont en danger. Plusieurs Canadiens veulent que notre gouvernement bannisse le commerce des ailerons de requins. Rob Stewart, cinéaste canadien, est l’auteur du film Sharkwater Extinction (2006). Dans ce long-métrage, il décrit le commerce illégal et le piratage dont les requins sont victimes. Kendra, de Delta B.C., a ramassé plus de 70,000 signatures avec sa pétition qui demande aux autorités d’interdire le commerce des ailerons de requins. Le maire de Delta a d’ailleurs souligné qu’il était impératif qu’un niveau supérieur de gouvernement prenne action. Le projet de loi S-238 va mettre fin à l’exportation et à l’importation des ailerons de requins. Ce projet a été approuvé par le Sénat en 2018. Il doit maintenant être entériné par la Chambre des communes pour devenir la loi S-238. Le Canada se doit d’être un leader mondial pour la protection des requins en interdisant la commercialisation de leurs ailerons. Signez cette pétition et incitez le Premier Ministre Justin Trudeau et le Ministre des Pêches et Océans, Jonathan Wilkinson, à appuyer le passage de la loi S-238 afin de mettre fin à cette pratique barbare et inhumaine. Joignez-vous au mouvement de protection des requins et de l’environnement.  SIGNEZ ET PARTAGEZ CETTE PÉTITION. #FinBanNow

Oceana Canada
311,782 supporters
Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson, Senator Michael L. MacDonald, Fin Donnelly

End the cruel shark fin trade in Canada

French Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for 420 million years - 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth. Today many species are in trouble. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. The demand for shark fins for delicacies such as shark fin soup means sharks are one of the most exploited species on the planet.  Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a brutal and wasteful practice. When a shark’s fins are cut off it is often still alive, then the shark is tossed back into the ocean where, without its fin, it will drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish. Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters; however, Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. Demand is growing in Canada, according to Statistics Canada more than 170,000 kilograms of shark fins were imported in 2017.  This is more than a 60 per cent increase from the volume imported five years ago in 2012. More alarming, research shows the fins of several endangered and threatened sharks — including whale sharks, great hammerhead sharks and short fin mako sharks — are being sold in our country.  Of the fin samples collected, an astounding 71 per cent were from at-risk species. The good news, many Canadians want to see our government ban the trade of shark fins! Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his 2006 movie. Sharkwater. In theatres October 19, 2018, Sharkwater Extinction, the late filmmaker's final film, continues to further expose the illegal shark fin industry and pirate fishing trade. Kendra, an advocate from Delta B.C, turned her lifelong love of sharks into a petition calling on her local government to ban the sale and trade of shark fins. This petition has received over 64,000 signatures, illustrating how much Canadians care about this issue. Her local Mayor’s response was clear, they need senior levels of government to take action on a national level. Bill S-238 will stop the import and export of shark fin. This Bill seeks to end the import of shark fins into Canada.  In the spring of 2018 the bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Fisheries committee, where it was strengthened to ban shark fin exports.  Now the House of Commons needs to pass Bill S-238 so that it can become a law. Canada needs to be a world leader in protecting sharks and a nationwide ban on the import and export of shark fins is the best way to ensure that Canada is not supporting shark finning.   Add your name now and tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson to support the passage of Bill S-238 to end the cruel and inhumane practice of shark finning. Please join the movement to protect sharks and the environment, sign and share this petition!  #FinBanNow Image credit: Rob Stewart  For more information: Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his movie 2006 Sharkwater. Tragically Rob died while in production on his third movie Sharkwater Extinction. The film will be in theatres starting October 19 2018. Ending the importation of shark fins in Canada: Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans https://oceana.ca/en/publications/reports/ending-importation-shark-fins-canada-presentation-senate-standing-committee Bill S-238 http://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&billId=8884535 Shark finning bill passed unanimously by committee; moves on to Senate https://ipolitics.ca/2018/02/09/shark-finning-bill-passed-unanimously-committee-moves-senate/ Shark fin soup – a recipe for extinction - Senator Michael MacDonald  https://sencanada.ca/en/sencaplus/opinion/shark-fin-soup-a-recipe-for-extinction-sen-macdonald/  DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concernhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-10123-5

Oceana Canada
311,782 supporters