National Contaminants Advisory Group (NCAG)

The National Contaminants Advisory Group (NCAG) provides scientific information and advice to Fisheries and Oceans Canada and other government departments on priority issues related to the biological effects of contaminants on aquatic organisms.

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As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the National Contaminants Advisory Group is supporting external research on how various oil and gas contaminants affect fish and other aquatic organisms.

Oceans Protection Plan projects

Program information

The National Contaminants Advisory Group engages with scientists from universities, research organizations, environmental consultants, and other government departments to support research and obtain external expertise on priority issues.

The work of NCAG focusses on four general priority areas:

  1. Aquaculture therapeutants
  2. Pesticides
  3. Oil and gas-related contaminants
  4. Contaminants and issues of emerging concern, such as microplastics.

Current research priorities 2017-2020

List of NCAG research priorities.

Contact us

How to get in touch with the National Contaminants Advisory Group.

Research Projects

One of the functions of the National Contaminants Advisory Group is to fund external research on priority contaminants issues. The outcomes of the research funded by NCAG will ultimately support Departmental science-based decisions.

Funded research projects

Summaries of all funded research projects including region, ecoregion, research priority, investigator and year.

Oceans Protection Plan projects

List of Oceans Protection Plan research projects.

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