Updated fisheries law could stem loss of stocks, biodiversity: supporters

An ocean conservation group says changes coming to the way fisheries are managed in Canada could give hope for the rebound of some species and the protection of others.

Bill C-68 was introduced a month after the Liberal government was sworn in and had its second reading in the Senate in December.

Josh Laughren of Oceana Canada says the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act would prompt the government to rebuild stocks that fall below sustainable levels.

An expert panel convened by the Royal Society of Canada in 2012 found Canada had seen more than half of its fish biomass disappear since 1970.

Laughren says he's very hopeful the bill could improve biodiversity in a way that also creates more economic opportunity.