Marine Issues Committee
The Marine Issues Committee works locally, nationally and internationally towards conserving and protecting marine ecosystems and maintaining sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities.
Founded in 1995, following the collapse of the east coast cod fishery, MIC uses a variety of tools to achieve our marine conservation objectives. We advocate, conduct research, engage in public education, and use market-based approaches and legal tools to achieve our campaign goals. Collaborative efforts with Canadian and international NGOs, scientists, fishing organizations and government agencies are integral to our approach.
We work in five main program areas, through specific projects and ongoing core program activities.
Program Areas and Objectives:
- Coastal Livelihoods: We want healthy, vibrant coastal communities where sustainable fisheries are a meaningful source of employment.
- Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture: We advocate for fishing and aquaculture practices that minimize harmful impacts on the marine ecosystem.
- Fisheries Policy: We expect national and international fisheries and marine conservation law, policy and regulations which are science-based, transparent and enforceable.
- Marine Spatial Planning: We envision a robust marine spatial plan in Atlantic Canadian waters that includes marine protected areas.
- Sustainable Seafood: We are working towards consumer and retailer access to properly labelled sustainable seafood choices that support locally owned and operated fisheries where possible.
Phone: (902) 446-4840
Fax: (902) 405-3716
Are you interested in mysterious sea creatures, fishing boats and gear, tasty and sustainably caught seafood dishes, or the unique and beautiful Sable Island? Then you’ll be in good company at our monthly Marine Issues Committee (MIC) at the Ecology Action Centre on the last Tuesday of every month at 5:30.
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