Healthy Oceans

We recognize that ecosystems are intrinsically linked. Clearwater operations on land as well as at sea are undertaken with a focus on sustainability.

 

Foundation of Clearwater's Business

A healthy ocean environment is the foundation of Clearwater’s business. As a business reliant on the oceans, and as a dedicated steward, it is our responsibility to understand the resources we harvest and their connections within the ecosystem. Managing our harvests intelligently and limiting the impact of our activities, both at sea and on land, is essential to protect the sustainability of the ocean and our business.

Clearwater is recognized nationally and internationally as an environmental leader by our commitment to:
• responsible fish harvesting practices
• investment in scientific data gathering and marine ecosystem research 
•  continuous improvement through technology development.

As we continue to evolve, our focus has shifted from traditional individual-species management to broader ecosystem management that considers non-target species and habitat impacts. Our commitment to keep our ocean environment clean motivates us to adhere to strict waste disposal policies in our fleet and to support the work of non-governmental organizations on ocean pollution prevention programs within Canada.

We recognize that ecosystems are intrinsically linked. Clearwater operations on land as well as at sea are undertaken with a focus on sustainability.

The future of healthy, sustainable oceans lies in understanding that any single species is only as healthy as the environment in which it lives.

Responsible fishing

For us this means taking a company-wide commitment to sustainability and applying it at sea. The fundamental requirements of responsible fishing include:

  • practices that adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of laws and regulations
  • working with our partners to help develop and implement new rules and regulations intended to protect the ocean and its diverse ecosystem;
  • managing the impacts of fishing on habitat and on non-target species

  • Clearwater is a key partner with the Canadian government and is recognized for its leadership role and cooperation in research and policy development. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) has acknowledged Canada’s leadership in fisheries management and the effectiveness of our practices.

    At Clearwater we recognize that ensuring sustainable fisheries means continuous attention and research to improve our scientific understanding and update management measures to reflect current knowledge.
    “(The Northwest Atlantic) fisheries are among the most regulated and managed in the world, and the catch recovery that has occurred recently may be viewed as an indication of the effectiveness of management measures.”