Fisheries And Oceans Canada News

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SEAMOR: ROV to Last Ice Project in Canada

SEAMOR Marine will provide a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Manitoba. The vehicle will be deployed to the High Arctic to inspect the area which remains frozen year-round and take part in research and evaluating ways to protect this special ecological region.The High Arctic is an important area encompassing the northern regions of Canada (Arctic Basin, Baffin Bay and the Pikialasorsuaq, or North Water Polynya) and reaches to western Greenland. This area remains frozen throughout the year, for multiple years, acting as an important refuge for ice-depend

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ASL Hires Taillefer

tempo naval and military operations. Taillefer has extensive operational experience in applying his expertise and knowledge in the oceanographic tactical domain. He spearheaded operational oceanography, acoustic modeling and decisional technologies with DND, General Dynamics (GD) Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) since the early 1990s.  At GD Canada, his work spanned from coordination and installation of sonar systems aboard Swedish warships at two Swedish shipyards (Karlskrona and Muskö Naval Base), worked on the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone (MHP) program and the Aurora Modernization

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Canadian Hydrographic Service Grows Its USV Fleet

based SeaRobotics Corporation, are complete hydrographic systems including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, cast winches, deployment carts and road trailers.The SeaRobotics USVs are being deployed across Canada supported by regional training performed by SeaRobotics. CHS, part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, has completed the first year of operation and the analysis of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of USV usage. A profile of high-productivity, cost-reducing activities is being developed for both traditional survey tasks and survey tasks in previously denied, and currently unsurveyed

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An Online Map Makes Shellfish Harvesting Safer

contaminated shellfish. Levels of marine biotoxins, bacteria and other harmful contaminants are routinely monitored by the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP), who closes bivalve shellfish harvesting areas when levels of these substances pose a health risk. The new map will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to present information online on closures in a matter of minutes. The online shellfish harvesting map enables any shellfish harvester to view a desired area to see if it is open or closed. Users are able to clearly see harvest area boundaries. The map also allows harvesters to

Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announces new funding for the fight against Asian carps. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Ramps up Its Fight against Great Lakes’ Asian Carp

which has bolstered our efforts to fight the entry of Asian carps into the Great Lakes through research and innovation. The Government of Canada remains committed to ensuring that we take all possible measures to protect our treasured Great Lakes.”   This funding will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada to expand the Asian Carp Program to increase protection of our Great Lakes and preserve our fisheries.   LeBlanc  said, “Our Government is committed to protecting the health of Canada’s waterways, marine ecosystems, and our multibillion dollar recreational and commercial

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre at the Gulf Fisheries Center in Moncton, N.B. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Invests in Marine Science

and healthy, while employing jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians.   Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Center at the Gulf Fisheries Center.   Over the next few years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will transform the Gulf Region’s regional headquarters building, the Gulf Fisheries Center, into a world class, innovative and collaborative scientific research hub to include interpretive spaces to engage Canadians in marine science and promote ocean literacy.   The

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Scientists Explore Canada’s Deep Ocean Seamounts

A team of scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada has set out on a mission to study the oceanographic conditions on and around two intriguing seamounts in Canada’s new Offshore Pacific Area of Interest off the coast of Vancouver.   A seamount is a mountain rising from the seafloor that does not reach the water's surface, and thus is not an island. They are often biological diverse hotspots, providing habitats for many species and can have a significant effect on local circulation patterns, altering conditions tens of kilometers away from their summit.   From July 18 to August 1

Port of Prince Rupert Adds Shore-based Radar

and mariners of British Columbia’s north coast.”   The $5 million project was jointly funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Prince Rupert Port Authority, with ongoing operation and maintenance of the radar system provided by the Canadian Coast Guard (Fisheries and Oceans Canada). The system improves the capability of the organizations responsible for vessel monitoring and management to prevent vessel incidents in the harbor, a monitoring and response regime that works around the clock.   “The Canadian Coast Guard’s Marine Communications and

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MTR100: Multi-Electronique (MTE)

for the quality of its products and its effective after-sale service. The company offers a large and diversified range of product for oceanographic community. The main devices are µAURAL, AURAL-M2, and instrumental oceanographic buoys conceived and developed in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans CANADA.   The AURAL devices are autonomous underwater recording systems. It can numerically record underwater sounds over a period up to a year with total autonomy. It is mainly used for the listening of marine mammal’s noises, but also for underwater noise pollution, methane bubbles

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Canada Embarks on Arctic Survey Mission

Sweden, and Danish scientists will also participate in the research.   The Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent left Dartmouth on July 22, 2016, for Tromsø, Norway, where it will take on board personnel from Natural Resources Canada’s Geological Survey of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service and Global Affairs Canada before embarking on a six-week expedition in the Arctic Ocean.   On the voyage between Canada and Norway, the Canadian Hydrographic Service will undertake a seabed-mapping expedition under the Atlantic Ocean Research

Canada to Build 7 New Survey Vessels

deliver on the Government of Canada’s commitment to protect our marine environment and manage our fisheries in a sustainable way,” Tootoo said.   The vessels are currently expected to begin construction immediately, with production and delivery to be complete by March 2017. Fisheries and Oceans Canada expects to take receipt of the first vessel by October 2016. The new survey vessels will be located in Mont Joli, Quebec; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Burlington, Ontario; and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador to further enhance the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s surveying

Sarah Fortune with 4-frequency AZFP—image taken by Dr. Bill Koski (LGL Limited).

AZFP used in Arctic for Zooplankton Research

Sarah Fortune, PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia and guest student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in collaboration with Dr. Steve Ferguson from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and University of Manitoba as well as LGL Limited and VDOS Global LLC, conducted several days of zooplankton backscatter observations in Pangnirtung Fiord with co-located Optical Plankton Counter data.  The four-frequency (125, 200, 455 and 769 kHz) AZFP with cage and floatation from ASL’s lease pool was shipped to rendezvous with the Arctic equipment. The instrument was deployed in Pangnirtun

MTR100: Multi-Electronique

;  No. of Employees: 12      Multi-Electronique (MTE) Inc. offers a large, diversified range of product for oceanographic community. The main devices are µAURAL, AURAL-M2, and instrumental oceanographic buoys conceived and developed in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans CANADA. The AURAL devices are autonomous underwater recording systems. It can numerically record underwater sounds over a period up to a year with total autonomy. It is mainly used for the listening of marine mammal’s noises, but also for underwater noise pollution, methane bubbles and

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Canada Introduces Regulations to Address Aquatic Invasive Species

certain conditions including the need to take into account alternative measures and possible impacts of the deposit. The regulations only allow the deposit of drugs and pest control products in compliance with the legislation of Health Canada and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.   Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertook consultations with Canadians on the proposed regulatory framework for AIS and a draft of the regulations was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for public input. Input that was received from Canadian citizens was considered and aided in the development of the new regulations

 A 3D printed model of the HMS Erebus as it now sits on the ocean floor.

Canadian Government Unveils 3D Model of HMS Erebus

high precision 3D printed models of HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin’s lead ship found last year in Canada’s Arctic waters as part of Parks Canada’s search for the vessels of the lost 1845 expedition. The model was unveiled in Fredericton, New Brunswick.   Officials from Fisheries and Oceans Canada joined with Canadian geospatial software company CARIS and geomatics technology innovation support centre TECTERRA to unveil the models.   “Canadian innovation continues to play a major role in the ongoing successful efforts to explore, research and understand our maritime

WHOI: Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast

sent to Buesseler’s lab for analysis in August by a group of volunteers on the research vessel Point Sur sailing between Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and Eureka, California. These results confirm prior data described at a scientific meeting in Honolulu in Feb. 2014 by John Smith, a scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, who found similar levels on earlier research cruises off shore of Canada. Buesseler and Smith are now working together on a new project, led by Jay Cullen at the University of Victoria, Canada, called InFORM (http://fukushimainform.wordpress.com/) that involves

HMS Erebus (Image: Parks Canada)

Discovered Franklin Expedition Ship is HMS Erebus

dedication and skills of the search team first-hand during this year’s Northern Tour and it has left a lasting impression. I wish them well in their search for HMS Terror.” The Government of Canada’s partners for the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition included Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, Defence Research and Development Canada, Environment Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency, as well as the Governments of Nunavut and Great Britain. Private and nonprofit partners included the Arctic Research Foundation, the Royal

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