Objectives of the Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research (COOGER) include:
- Facilitate and develop coordinated research programs in areas of aquatic environmental and oceanographic research related to ocean energy (offshore oil, gas and renewable resources) activities;
- Establish research priorities addressing current and emerging issues;
- Identify needs for a balanced and strategic program on energy research for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans;
- Minimize duplication of activities and roles that are being successfully undertaken by other organizations;
- Improve program deliverables and the quality of science by fostering research collaborations and seeking both internal and external funds to support research on ocean energy environmental issues;
- Improve Fisheries and Oceans Canada's research and internal advisory capacity on the energy industry by promoting the availability of required environmental and oceanographic knowledge from both internal and external sources;
- Provide scientific knowledge and advances in technology that can be used by resource managers for the formulation of regulatory guidelines and environmental protection to ensure the management of ocean energy operations in a safe and environmentally sound manner;
- Make COOGER research program deliverables available for use by external and internal clients, including the Fisheries and Oceans Canada departments of Habitat, Oceans and Fisheries Management, to support their mandates.
To avoid potential conflict-of-interest situations with research partners or clients, COOGER does not involve itself with regulatory duties in a direct manner.
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