Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research (COOGER)

The Canadian Coast Guard research vessel CCGS Hudson approaches the Hibernia oil rig offshore of Newfoundland.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada established the Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research (COOGER) in 2002 to coordinate the department's nation-wide research into the environmental and oceanographic impacts of offshore petroleum exploration, production and transportation. In response to emerging technological developments that will enable Canada to meet its future energy needs in an environmentally responsible manner, the mandate of COOGER was expanded in 2009 to include ocean renewable energy (i.e. energy conversion from tide, wind and waves).

The secretariat office of this national research Centre of Expertise, based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, seeks to:

  • Improve scientific knowledge,
  • Identify priority research needs, and
  • Coordinate and implement collaborative research efforts.

By building on existing regional expertise and infrastructure to coordinate research at a national scale, COOGER addresses the departmental mandate and industry needs by providing scientific knowledge for use to ensure safe and environmentally sound management of offshore oil, gas and renewable energy operations.

COOGER strives to improve the quality of science and minimize research duplication by fostering collaborations with other government research agencies, universities and industry partners. COOGER research findings are available for use by external partners as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada resource managers.

COOGER also fosters collaboration at the international level. COOGER aims to learn from past experiences of other key countries to optimize the progress of Canadian research programs. It is recognized within COOGER that there is vast potential to conduct comprehensive, large-scale research projects to address global concerns through the sharing of expertise and resources in an international setting.