BC researchers receive grants to study local marine environments


Vancouver & Victoria—Along Canada’s west coast, there is a delicate balance to preserve between human use of the environment, such as shipping and fishing, and the resilience of the local ecosystems. Research into sustainable practices is increasingly vital to communities, organizations and governments as they seek the best management paths forward.  

The Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) and the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) have announced the successful recipients of research grants supported jointly by the two organizations.

Dr. Susan Allen (University of British Columbia), Dr. Maycira Costa (University of Victoria) and Dr. Philippe Tortell (University of British Columbia) received funding through a competitive submission process held in partnership between MEOPAR and ONC in the fall of 2017. 

The projects span a variety of marine research topic areas, including modelling the fate of oil spills in the Salish Sea, using Indigenous knowledge to improve ecological monitoring, classifying ecosystems along the migration route of juvenile salmon, and improving underwater oxygen monitoring to better understand ocean deoxygenation and its effects on British Columbian salmon aquaculture. 

The partnership between MEOPAR and ONC grew out of a mutual interest in using ocean observation to advance marine science for the benefit of Canada. This is not the first collaboration between the two organizations; they frequently work together on marine research initiatives and hosting regional science-focused workshops. 


These projects highlight the very successful collaboration between Ocean Networks Canada
and MEOPAR. Ocean Networks Canada is excited about the potential outcomes from the
research and how it will benefit Canadian science.
— Richard Dewey, Associate Director of Science Services, Ocean Networks Canada