Every year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists conduct a variety of research projects both above and below the surface. Over 100 employees dive each year, with projects ranging from coast to coast. From ice exploration in the Arctic, to integrated mussel aquaculture in the Bay of Fundy, and even freshwater studies in the prairies, DFO divers are called to some of the most diverse locations and projects.
Here is an inside look into the research below the surface.
Aquatic Animals (HTML) new photos!
There are an abundance of wild, colorful, or just strange animals found in Canadian waters. Whether it's a jellyfish found in thousands of feet below the surface in the Arctic, or a sea scallop on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean - the aquatic species found in Canada are varied and incredible.
DFO Divers (HTML) new photos!
When it comes to DFO research, the number of projects using diving is outstanding. Divers are everywhere – sampling algae in the Experimental Lakes Area of Ontario and collecting samples of threatened abalone on the West coast are just two of the projects that use scuba diving. Have a look at what other projects have researchers suiting up and diving below the surface.
Animal Spotlight: Jellyfish
Found in every ocean on the planet at a variety of depths, jellyfish have been present for over 600 million years.
Animal Spotlight: Lingcod
In the Region: Central & Arctic
Delve into the frigid waters of the Canada Basin and experience the hidden beauty of these depths.
- In the Region: Newfoundland and Labrador
it's MY day
Nobody takes the plunge at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) without a nod from Jeremy Stewart. As National Diving Safety Program Coordinator for DFO, Jeremy ensures that any DFO employee who spends time underwater returns to dry land safely.
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