Government of Canada and MEOPAR partner on ocean observation

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March 7, Halifax—MEOPAR was pleased to join with Fisheries and Oceans Canada recently to announce funding for the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS).

Andy Fillmore, the Member of Parliament for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, made the announcement at Dalhousie’s Steele Ocean Sciences Building on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Government of Canada will contribute $1.5 million per year in ongoing funding to increase the availability of ocean data and improve collaboration between ocean scientists across the country and around the world.

MEOPAR is pleased to contribute $2 million in funding to the initiative, which has been a key priority over the past few years for the organization and its scientific director, Dr. Doug Wallace.

Over the next two years, CIOOS will partner with organizations across Canada to implement the first phase of the system. This includes:

Ocean Frontier Institute
Dalhousie University
Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ocean Tracking Network 
St. Lawrence Global Observatory
Tula Foundation
Ocean Networks Canada

“Access to data from our rapidly changing marine environment is key to making predictions and guiding decisions and operations, for government, fishers, coastal communities, the offshore and shipping industries and individuals alike. We’re proud to partner with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in connecting expertise from across the country to assemble ocean-related information collected by diverse organizations and make it available to Canadians.”

Doug Wallace, Scientific Director, Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network

Read about the announcement here.