In Canada, the ability to observe, understand, and make informed decisions regarding the management of our marine ecosystems is largely dependent on the science and monitoring programs conducted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) under its Science At-Sea Program.
The mission of the Science At-Sea program is to collect key information necessary for the sustainable management of Canada’s oceans and aquatic resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Science At-Sea program contributes to:
- The development of science-based advice for policy and regulatory decision making for marine conservation ecosystem management and sustainable fisheries;
- Increasing the understanding of our oceans and the impact of environmental stressors such as pollution, ocean acidification, climate change, economic development, etc.
- Ensuring an environmentally safe and sustainable economic activity (e.g. fisheries, natural resources);
- Improving marine safety through the charting of Canada’s waterways and the development of hydrography products such as charts;
- Fostering domestic and international collaborations and partnerships that supports the delivery of DFO’s mandate; and
- Upholding Canada’s international fisheries management commitments.
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