Science at-sea missions

Mission title and description Vessel Region Start date (YYYY/MM/DD) End date (YYYY/MM/DD)
North Atlantic right whale and oil spill impact mission
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be carrying out its North Atlantic right whale and Oil Spill Impact Mission. The work is focused on collecting details of the ecology and physiology of North Atlantic right whales, factors affecting the distribution of their prey (mainly copepods, a small crustacean), and the potential impact to habitats through ship-based oil spills.
Coriolis II Various 2019/08/06 2019/09/03
Canadian Beaufort Sea - Marine Ecosystem Assessment 2019
This summer will be the sixth year, since 2012, that a team of DFO scientists will take sail aboard the research ship F/V Frosti in Canada’s Arctic for a comprehensive marine ecosystem assessment. The goal of the Canadian Beaufort Sea- Marine Ecosystem Assessment (CBS-MEA) research mission is to understand changes occurring in the Beaufort Sea ecosystem.
F/V Frosti Central and Arctic 2019/08/01 2019/09/11
Pacific seamounts expedition 2019
A team of Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists and their partners Ocean Networks Canada and the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, will embark on a two-week expedition to uncover the mysteries of Canada’s largest underwater volcano, known as Explorer seamount, at the center of a potential Offshore Pacific Marine Protected Area.
CCGS John P. Tully Pacific 2019/07/16 2019/07/28
Biodiversity Survey on the British Columbia Central Coast
This collaborative survey aboard the CCGS Vector will assess deep water and intertidal habitats and species from the Central Coast of British Columbia to Saanich Inlet. Findings will support marine conservation initiatives and contribute to long-term monitoring.
CCGS Vector Pacific 2019/05/08 2019/05/29
Joint Ocean Ice Studies
Established in 2003, JOIS is an international collaboration between Canada, the United States and Japan that monitors oceanographic conditions in the Arctic via an annual month-long, scientific expedition aboard the icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.
CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent Central and Arctic 2018/09/07 2018/10/04
Canadian Beaufort Sea - Marine Ecosystem Assessment 2018
This summer will be the fifth year, since 2012, that a team of DFO scientists will take sail aboard the research ship F/V Frosti in Canada’s Arctic for a comprehensive marine ecosystem assessment.The goal of the Canadian Beaufort Sea- Marine Ecosystem Assessment (CBS-MEA) research mission is to understand changes occurring in the Beaufort Sea ecosystem
F/V Frosti Central and Arctic 2018/08/01 2018/09/12
Pacific Region International Survey of Marine Megafauna (PRISMM)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is undertaking a large-scale survey in the Northeast Pacific Ocean to survey marine mammals. The survey, led by the Cetacean Research Program, will provide information on abundance of marine mammals.
CCGS John P. Tully Pacific 2018/07/03 2018/09/06
Northeast Pacific Seamounts Expedition 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Haida Nation, Oceana Canada, and Ocean Networks Canada will embark on an expedition to explore seamounts near the islands of Haida Gwaii in the northeast Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia.
E/V Nautilus Pacific 2018/07/05 2018/07/21
Expedition in Canada’s High Arctic
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), in collaboration with international experts, academia, and other government departments, is leading a research mission to study the multiyear ice ecosystem in Canada’s High Arctic. This mission will provide the first ecological assessment of the northern Canadian Archipelago, the only region where multiyear ice still resides in the Arctic Ocean. This knowledge is essential to understand the structure, function and role of the sea-ice associated ecosystem in the Arctic Ocean.
  Central and Arctic 2018/04/25 2018/06/08
Expedition in the Central Coast of British Columbia
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Oceana Canada are leading a six way partnership to explore the Central Coast of British Columbia. In partnership with the Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nations, the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA), and Ocean Networks Canada, we will explore and conduct research in Kynoch Inlet, Seaforth Channel and Fitz Hugh Sound, areas with a high conservation value and that vulnerable fish populations depend on.
CCGS Vector Pacific 2018/03/07 2018/03/14
Diversity and ecology of the ocean floor
This history-making research expedition was in collaboration with three separate research organizations: Oceana Canada, the Canadian Healthy Ocean Network (CHONe), and SponGES. The goal of the mission is to discover more about deep-sea ecosystems and ecology in the Atlantic Ocean, which will contribute to a greater understanding of these habitats and help to better protect unique marine environments that are essential to the health of our oceans.
CCGS Martha L. Black Various 2017/08/23 2017/09/21
Canadian Beaufort Sea: Marine Ecosystem Assessment 2017
This long term study will help us to better understand changes in ice cover and location, temperature, and shifting ocean currents, and how these changes can affect Arctic marine life and productivity.
F/V Frosti Central and Arctic 2017/08/01 2017/09/11
Chatham Sound Glass Sponge Reefs
A science team explores reefs that have remained largely unexplored since their discovery in 2012 by an industry survey team and are believed to be one of the oldest sponge reefs known to date.
CCGS Vector Pacific 2017/08/16 2017/08/23
Exploring Deep Ocean Seamounts
A team of scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be conducting an exploratory mission to survey and collect the first-ever underwater footage of the Union and Dellwood seamounts.
CCGS J.P. Tully Pacific 2017/07/18 2017/08/01
Exploration of Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs
The goal of their mission is to gain a better understanding of the water filtration process and the feeding habits of these unique sponges thought to have gone extinct 40 million years ago.
CCGS J.P. Tully Pacific 2017/05/10 2017/05/22
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