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Fisheries and Oceans Canada to Hire 135 Scientists

On 11 May 2016, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced a significant investment in marine science. The government has committed to hiring 135 research scientists, biologists, oceanographers and technicians, as well as acquire new and innovative technologies to collect data and share information more efficiently. Job postings will be available online on jobs.gc.ca.

The Department will also acquire new and innovative technologies to collect data and share information more efficiently. These technologies include state-of-the-art acoustic and remote sensing technologies and high performance lab equipment to better monitor our fish stocks and changing ocean conditions.

A portion of the funding will also be dedicated to establishing new partnerships and collaborations with universities, environmental organizations, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders, both in Canada and abroad to ensure we have access to the best available science to make decisions about Canada’s oceans, lakes and rivers.

The $197 million investment will allow for:
• more ecosystems research and improved stock assessments on commercial species and species at risk, including marine mammals and Atlantic and Pacific Salmon, which will provide information for sustainable fisheries management;
• more research on the effects of ecosystem stressors like underwater noise pollution and micro-plastics on our aquatic ecosystems, which will guide marine conservation policies and advice on project developments;
• more research on sustainable aquaculture, including its impacts on wild species; and,
• more research on freshwater ecosystems, specifically the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg, St. Lawrence River and the Experimental Lakes Area in Northwestern Ontario.
 

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