Preventing Commercial Fishing in Canada

by C.Chute on November 6, 2015 - 11:23pm

In the article “Canada agrees to work to prevent fishing in High Arctic” by The Canadian Press, five of the artic nations have agreed that all future commercial fishing in the central part of the Artic Ocean needs to temporarily stop. The five nations included Canada, the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway, who all came to the same conclusion that a block on all commercial fishing should be put forth, which would give scientists enough time to complete their research. Unfortunately, when the fishing ban was proposed, only three of the nations supported it. This is not a total lose in the cause as the five nations all recognize what needs to be done and agreed that there should be a temporary measurements placed on commercial fishing. Another agreement that came up during their meeting was the need to get other countries involved in the plan, and to have all countries agree with the measurements applied on the central Artic Ocean.

I think it’s great that some countries have come to the conclusion that there needs to be something done to preserve the fish population. As we’ve learned in class, a large portion of the fish population has been over exploited and commercial fishing has been a main factor to that. By prohibiting the commercial fishing in one area, it’ll give some time for the population to straighten itself up and get back its bearings. In comparison to the whole planet, marking off one area of the ocean doesn’t seem like much, but this is a step forward in getting more people aware of what we’re doing and to hopefully have other countries take the same measures. This is an important issue, not only for our needs, but the needs of creatures in the oceans. If we continue to over-exploit, we’ll not only be losing fish as a food source for ourselves, but also a food source for the other animals in the ocean. Hopefully, the research will show positive results and it’ll be enough conviction for other countries to mark off certain areas in the ocean of commercial fishing. 


I really enjoyed this article summary. As you wrote, it is appreciable to see that certain countries have realized that there are consequences to our actions and we need to repair this damage. Preventing fishing in certain areas of the world would benefit many aquatic species. These five countries are on the right path, it is only deceiving to see that only three of them actually want to proceed with concrete action. I definitely agree with the fact that protecting certain areas would give time to these species to regenerate and to increase their numbers. It would be an important step, even if it may seem small to certain people. It may only be three countries, but it is a start. If these nations put this plan into action, others will probably follow step. We cannot continue to treat oceans like we do right now. Things are starting to change, so maybe the fishery situation will get better after all.

Hi, I thought your article was very well structured and informative. I was able to get a better understanding of the fishing issues in the Artic Ocean through reading your article. I am vey happy to read that at least five of the artic nations have agreed that all future commercial fishing in the central Artic needs to be temporarily stopped. Why do you think that not all of the nations supported the ban, even though they agreed it needed to stop? Overfishing is a major issue to our earth’s environment and if all countries do not start to make changes it will cause drastic changes to our oceans ecosystems. I too am hopeful that this research and others will show the world the problems surrounding fisheries and help change peoples opinions to make a positive difference to our management of fish and other ecosystems within the ocean. Lets hope that in the future fishery management is more focused on the environment rather than on economics.
Erin Smith

I enjoyed your article summary. It is very refreshing to see a positive article that states how the 5 countries came together in order to support the fish population in the Arctic Ocean. I agree with you that this will help replenish the fish population, but as you stated, it will also enable the researchers to finish their job. I believe this is a crucial step in understanding the environment and learning to pollute it less. Also, by showing harmony between 5 major countries, this creates a positive example for other countries, and shows that we are capable of working together to solve this global issue.

I really liked your post and found it very useful for me, and also after reading more additional articles, I start to realize that the role played by commercial fishing is bigger than we realize. It threatens to our oceans and fishery management. Right now, global fisheries are in crisis. Over 80% of them are fully exploited. There are international initiatives that try to evaluate the consequences and find ways to prevent more problems. Fortunately, some countries try to manage commercial fishing, like the example you had in your article.
Let’s hope that the studies will help us to find a way to better protect fisheries because, as stated in your article, it’s not only a source of food for humans but it is very important to the whole ecosystem itself.

First off I would like to say great job on your article! It was both well structured and interesting to read. Like the other comments, I too am pleased that some (not all unfortunately) countries supported the ban on commercial fishing in ecologically sensitive areas. As you mentioned this will hopefully allow for time for fish populations to reach a stable and sustainable level. As we have discussed in our class, one of the key things to managing natural resources is to insure the accurate data and scientific research is done when it comes to assessing environmental systems. With this being said I can only hope that before commercial fishing resumes in these sensitive areas a full and in detailed population study is completed. In the meantime I think it is important that the countries who decided to go with the fishing ban try to convince and prove to the opposing countries to join them in their pursuit of sustainable environmental management.