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ORCA presents: Canada's Ocean Decade newsletter
May 2023 – Issue 7

Banner image for newsletter with a stylized wave combined with the Ocean Decade logo, including a wave of colour and text which says: 2021 to 2030, United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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A poster promoting the Oceans Research Alliance in Canada (ORCA) 2023 meeting to be held in St. John's, Newfoundland from June 1 to 2, 2023.

ORCA 2023 National Meeting: see you in St. John’s

The Oceans Research in Canada Alliance (ORCA) 2023 meeting will be held June 1 to 2, 2023 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, NL, in partnership, and on location, with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Congress being held that same week.

Under the theme, 'Together, let's build a strong Canadian contribution to the Ocean Decade', ORCA 2023 will showcase the diversity of the Canadian ocean community. Visit the ORCA 2023 website to learn more.

Ocean Week Canada 2023 invites Canadians to a public celebration of the ocean

Ocean Week Canada is an annual national celebration of ocean events, learning, and engagement coordinated by the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) during the week of World Ocean Day (June 8th). Through these events, Ocean Week Canada aims to:

Ocean Week Canada 2023 is taking place from June 2-11 with over 100 events happening in cities and communities from coast to coast to coast. On June 1st, COLC and partners will launch Ocean Week Canada in St. John’s, NL, in tandem with the ORCA 2023 National Meeting. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting event! You are also invited to register your ocean-related events or outreach activities taking place in June as part of Ocean Week Canada on their events portal. Learn more about how to get involved in Ocean Week Canada. Also, fresh off the press is COLC's National Strategy Impact Report 2022 and accompanying Key Initiatives Report 2022

A large group of youth poses for photo in front of orca sculpture on the waterfront with a body of water and mountains in the background.
© Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition - Mary Paquet.

Government of Canada (GoC) invests $245 million in ocean science

On April 28th, the GoC announced a large investment of $1.4 billion to support research initiatives in strategic areas through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), including $245 million in support of ocean science.

Young female smiling while wearing a red life vest over a navy blue outfit and a yellow helmet aboard a Canadian Coast Guard Vessel with the Canadian red maple leaf from the vessel on the background.
© Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Through Transforming Climate Action: Addressing the Missing Ocean, world-leading experts from Dalhousie University and partner universities, have been working with:

Together, they have developed a program of research and innovation aimed at:

The Qanittaq Clean Arctic Shipping Initiative is a unique partnership, co-led and co-developed by Memorial University and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada, to address and respond to concerns about Arctic shipping and related environmental impacts affecting Northern communities. It will develop robust and innovative ship design and operation technologies, as well as surrounding policy and governance to position Canada and Inuit as world leaders in Arctic shipping.

The 5th Call for Ocean Decade Actions is now open

The IOC-UNESCO launched the 5th Call for Ocean Decade Actions on April 15th. You have until August 31st, 2023 to submit your transformative new programmes and projects for Ocean Decade endorsement. The Call is looking for new programs on:

Create an account on the Ocean Decade Network (formally the ‘Global Stakeholder Forum’) to complete your application form and connect with others contributing to the Ocean Decade in Canada and across the globe. Contact DFO’s Ocean Decade Office at for any questions or to receive support with the application process.

Ocean Decade Community of Champions Feature

The Ocean Decade Community of champions was created with one champion for each of the 7 Decade Outcomes. The champions aim to mobilize the Canadian ocean community and foster the creation of innovative and transformative science-based actions. The Tula Foundation, Champion for A Predicted Ocean, explain their role and vision for their thematic network:

Tula Foundation, Champion for A Predicted Ocean

"What if Canadians had all the information and tools needed to understand and respond to changing ocean conditions? It’s a dream worth aspiring to. That’s why the Tula Foundation is proud to be the champion for the Predicted Ocean. We’ve brought together a diverse working group from across sectors and the country to help us identify key priorities and the steps that will help us achieve these goals. This group aims to build thriving and connected Canadian scientific and stakeholder community for the development and application of ocean prediction data, information, and knowledge. Together we will encourage development of ocean prediction capacity and promote the use of ocean data and information for sustainable planning and decision making. With a scope spanning ocean observations, ocean models, data management, and ocean-users in industry and coastal communities, there is a real need to achieve this connected community where end-user needs are met. We look forward to interacting with the broader community to ensure that our work capitalizes on existing programs and moves the needle towards the ocean we need.”

  • Tula Foundation
House with a red roof and solar panels elevated above water and connected to the margins by two bridges. Above the entrance, there is a sign that reads ‘Hakai’ in red letters. On the background, there is a body of water with rocky margins and coniferous trees. The logo of the Tula Foundation is placed on the top-right corner of the image.

Tula Foundation, Ocean Decade Champion for A Predicted Ocean, is an independent charitable foundation that was established in British Columbia in 2001. Since its inception, Tula has built strong expertise in ocean science, data management, and communications across a range of divisions, including the Hakai Institute, Hakai Media, and the Quadra Centre for Coastal Dialogue. © Grant Callegari and Tula Foundation.

Parks Canada celebrates ocean sciences this summer

To mark the Ocean Decade, Parks Canada has designed and displayed colourful banners and posters across the country. The artwork not only informs the public about the Ocean Decade and the importance of ocean sciences and their relevance to Canadians, it also adds a festive touch to the sites and events organized by Parks Canada. The 2 metre high Ocean Decade banners will hang on either side of a mast or pole, like sails, in public areas, and are accompanied by a posters that provide digital access to further content. All together, they harmoniously represent the richness of Canada's marine life and our deep attachment to this natural heritage. Visit the Parks Canada Ocean Connection webpage for more information.

Bilingual banner with graphic design depicting life underwater, including fish, corals, seaweed, jellyfish, an octopus and a sea lion. It reads ‘Ocean Decade 2021 – 2030’ at the top, and contains a description of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the UN Ocean Decade logo, and a QR code.
© Parks Canada

ECOP Canada launches new report

Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Canada, a national node of the international program endorsed by the Ocean Decade to elevate and strengthen the diverse perspectives of new generations of ocean professionals, has grown a network of over 200 members and provides opportunities for professional development and to improve knowledge transfer and sustainability in the ocean sector. Learn more about ECOP Canada’s accomplishments in their new report and connect with them at

Male early career professional wearing a navy blue t-shirt that reads ‘ECOP Early Career Ocean Professionals’ in white. He has his back to the camera and is facing three female early career professionals wearing name badges and tote bags while networking.
Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) networking and discussing the role of ECOPs in the UN Ocean Decade at a workshop led by ECOP Canada at the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC5). © Mary Paquet and the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition

CIDCO brings participants from across Europe and North America to Symposium in Quebec

The biannual CIDCO 2023 Symposium was held in early April under the theme ‘An Accessible Ocean’. More than 120 participants from Europe and North America attended 33 presentations and 2 panel discussions in the span of 2.5 days.
Guillaume Morissette, representing the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO) as the champion for an accessible ocean in the Canadian community of champions for the Ocean Decade, presented the results of his work on automated marine inventory using artificial intelligence. Two panel discussions on collaborative bathymetry were held as part of the Accessible Ocean Day. The collection of data using merchant ships to contribute to continuous bathymetry of waterways was discussed, as well as the participation of coastal communities to complete the mapping of coastal areas for safer use in traditional hunting, fishing and recreational activities.  
Most of the sessions at the symposium will soon be available on the CIDCO website and on their YouTube channel. Follow CIDCO on Twitter.

Join the ORCA community! Call for new members

Membership is free and provides you access to the ORCA Community Platform which facilitates coordination and collaboration between ORCA members. Send an email to the ORCA Secretariat to join the more than 600 members from over 160 organizations that are already part of ORCA. Together we can advance our collective understanding of the ocean!

Oceans Research in Canada Alliance Banner with images of Canada’s three coasts and the ORCA bilingual logo.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events
Date Event Location
May 23-26, 2023 Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)’s Researchers Conference St. John’s, NL
27-May-23 2023 Cross Canada Ocean Symposium Dartmouth, NS
28-May-23 CMOS Public Panel Discussion ‘Weathering the Storm’ St. John’s, NL

May 28 - June 1, 2023

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) 57th Congress ‘Connecting on the Rock: From the Marine Environment to the Blue Economy’

Virtual and St. John’s, NL

1-Jun-23 Ocean Week Canada 2023 Launch St. John’s, NL

June 1-2, 2023

ORCA 2023 National Meeting ‘Together, let’s build a strong Canadian contribution to the Ocean Decade’*

St. John’s, NL

June 2-11, 2023

Ocean Week Canada 2023

Virtual and across Canada

June 11-14, 2023

Coastal Zone Canada 2023 Conference ‘Connecting Canadians with the Coast’*

Victoria, BC

June 12-14, 2023

H2O Home to Overseas Conference 2023

Halifax, NS

14-Jun-23 Ocean Allies Speaker Series: Gender Equity Presentation by CCUNESCO Virtual

June 26-30, 2023

MARE People & The Sea Conference 2023 (MARE 2023)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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