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Canada’s Ocean Decade Newsletter
April 2022 – Issue 2

Ocean Decade Newsletter (April 2022)
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Announcing Canada’s Community of Champions!Head and shoulders shot of Paul Snelgrove

We are pleased to introduce the Community of Champions, part of Canada’s contribution to the Ocean Decade. Each Champion is aligned with an Ocean Decade outcome. These Champions will mobilize the Canadian ocean community and foster innovative and transformative science-based actions, including the creation of thematic networks/working groups in 2022. Stay tuned for more details on how you can engage and contribute to these efforts.

Meet the Canadian Ocean Decade Champions

If you’re interested in learning more about National Decade committees from around the world, including Canada, visit National Action, Ocean Knowledge Revolution at the Country Level.

Canada’s Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) node

The Ocean Decade Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOPs) network is a global program that aims to elevate and strengthen the diverse perspectives of new generations of ocean professionals through networking and professional development opportunities under the Ocean Decade framework. A Canadian ECOPs node of this global program has been established and is currently developing their network of members and Canadian partner organisations that will provide support and assist in the identification of opportunities for ECOPs under the Ocean Decade.

Please visit the Canadian network for the Global ECOP Programme for more information and to learn how you can you can get involved!

Diver in the ocean.Photo credit: Andrew McCurdy

Register for the Ocean Decade expert roster!

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) is establishing an Ocean Decade expert roster. Members of the expert roster may be invited to participate in different activities and discussions relevant to the Ocean Decade. Expertise should align with the 10 Ocean Decade challengesor in the areas of co-design, partnership building, and capacity development. Registration from early career ocean professionals and women are particularly encouraged. If you would like to self-nominate, please complete your individual registration at the Ocean Decade Expert Roster Registration.

Join Generation Ocean!

Looking to be part of a movement to restore and protect the ocean? Check out Generation Ocean (GenOcean), a campaign recently launched by the IOC that targets everyone, regardless of your age and whether you live near the ocean or not. This storytelling campaign will feature people from around the world and all walks of life who are taking action towards ocean issues. Hopefully it will leave you inspired to take action in your own way!

#OceanDecade challenge crest
Calling youth across Canada to help the ocean!

This spring, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, is launching a new national project, the #OceanDecade Challenge, which was developed in partnership with Girl Guides of Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Group of young girls holding up challenge crest signs.

Photo credit: Robyn Meyer, Ocean Networks Canada

The #OceanDecade Challenge is designed to encourage young people in Canada from coast-to-coast to participate in the Ocean Decade through a set of fun and engaging ocean science learning activities based on the seven Ocean Decade outcomes. The games, hands-on activities and experiments are designed for kids from 7 to 12 years of age, but people of any age are welcome to participate. Teachers, youth leaders and informal educators are encouraged to check out the resources to share with their groups. Once they’ve completed the challenge, participants can receive a specially designed crest from ONC to celebrate their efforts.

To find out more and participate in this exciting and educational challenge, please visit #OceanDecade Challenge.

Submit your stories for Stream2Sea

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Stories for Stream2Sea
Share your story of Ocean connection & Change and help to inform ocean science in Canada
Share your story!
2021 to 2030 United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
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The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) is inviting Canadians from coast to coast to share their stories of connection with the ocean, and how this connection may be changing. The stories can feature significant places, changes and observations, as well as solutions and action. Stories are woven into an interactive online StoryMap where everyone can go to explore the stories and solutions offered. We are all connected to the ocean – what is your story? Submit yours before April 15th at Stories for Stream2Sea.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada launches call for research project proposals!

We are pleased to announce that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has launched a call for research project proposals to build expertise in ocean and freshwater science and technology and to increase our understanding of ocean and freshwater environments. Projects should deliver scientific research and/or related scientific activities that support evidence-based decision making and public understanding about the health of marine and freshwater ecosystems. Visit the Ecosystems and Oceans Science Contribution Framework for details on the priority area of research associated with this open call and application details. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022.


Funding opportunity for marine conservation science
Growing Canada’s understanding of our waters through science and technology
Apply by May 1

Upcoming Ocean Decade events

For more information, check out the Ocean Decade Events and feel free to let us know if there is something that should be added!

Contact us!

Website: United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (20212030)

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