Overfishing, IUU, and continuing oceans degradation are global problems requiring global solutions. Building strong and effective multilateral and bilateral relationship is a key element of Canada’s strategy.
The OECD Committee on Fisheries provides a forum for members to discuss the economic and policy aspects of fisheries issues. The OECD also provides important research to assist policy makers in ensuring the continued sustainability of fisheries resources worldwide.
The FAO Fisheries Department promotes and facilitates the sustainable management of fisheries resources worldwide. It works in partnership with national and international fisheries organizations to monitor and assess fisheries management practices and to develop strategies for ensuring the long-term sustainability of fish stocks and the health of ocean ecosystems.
World Trade Organization (WTO)
The WTO considers fisheries management as it relates to international trade. WTO activities include the negotiation on tariffs and duties on seafood and the provision of fishing subsidies.
The annual NAFMC meetings bring together fisheries ministers involved in North Atlantic fisheries. These fisheries are managed in large part through two Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) – the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). Discussions at NAFMC meetings in recent years have focused on matters such as curbing Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported (IUU) fishing; and finding new and effective methods by which RFMOs can assert control and enforce regulations.
Canada works closely with fisheries departments in other coastal nations around the world to address overfishing and international fisheries and oceans governance issues. The following are links to some of these governments.