Canada’s three oceans form the longest coastline of any country in the world, yet Canada’s ocean science research community is small and scattered across many institutions and laboratories, from coast to coast. Sustainably managing our oceans is a complicated problem. In the past we have focused on managing a few species, but now we recognize that an ecosystem approach is needed for the sustainable management of ocean resources. However, an ecosystem approach requires complex information, novel and multidisciplinary research approaches, coordination of ocean science research, and collaboration and communication among ocean scientists.
Photo credit: N. Forget, P. Lawton, M. Lloyd, R. Scheibling, C. DuPreez.
A network of networks
Several Canadian research networks exist: Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe), Arctic Net, Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN), Canadian Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN), Canadian Fisheries Research Network (CFRN), Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR), Ocean Management Research Network (OMRN), and Ocean Network Canada (ONC). They have brought together ocean scientists from across Canada to generate the knowledge required to sustainably manage Canada’s oceans resources.