Canada Invests in Ocean Monitoring to Protect Waters for Next Gen

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Ottawa, Ontario – Ocean observation science can help save lives, protect our waters and ecosystems, and grow our economy. The Government of Canada is working with the ocean science community to collect and share ocean information and data needed to keep our marine and coastal areas clean and safe for generations.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, announced $46.5 million in funding over five years to Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, to enhance their world-class ocean monitoring system. Funded through Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, this research helps to provide real-time, open data to better understand our changing oceans.

Ocean Networks Canada supports a network of deep sea and coastal ocean observatories that collect data to monitor ocean changes, including climate impacts and underwater noise on all three coasts. It also supports oceanographic radar and ocean buoy monitoring efforts that provide real-time information on wave, and surface currents that help monitor ocean conditions and prepare for extreme events. Today’s investment helps Canada continue to collect the data needed to protect our ecosystems, support safe navigation, and inform emergency response planning.

This project embodies the spirit of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan. It brings together the best scientific advice, knowledge and tools to protect our oceans and the ecosystems and communities that depend on them. Together, we are working to help keep our oceans and coasts healthy to build a clean future for our children and grandchildren.

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