Environmental science program information
Environmental science works to understand how well fish habitats can sustain fish production and the effects of human activities on:
- fish habitat
- human use of fish
- aquatic ecosystems
Our work supports decision-making on sustainable conservation and protection, based on an understanding of how marine and freshwater ecosystems function and how they are affected by human activities.
We support scientific decision-making by:
- carrying out targeted research
- providing peer-reviewed scientific advice
- providing science-based products and services such as:
- data and information
- gathering, integrating and interpreting scientific information from internal and external sources
Some of our partnerships include the:
- International Joint Commission
- Great Lakes Fishery Commission
- Canadian Biodiversity Information Network
Biodiversity describes the variety of living organisms at both the species and ecosystem levels.
We coordinate and lead several aquatic biodiversity assessment and conservation initiatives. This includes providing scientific advice and coordination to support ecosystem-objective based management of aquatic resources.
We work closely with other areas of the department, such as the Oceans Sector’s Working Group on Ecosystem Objectives. This group coordinates the implementation of an ecosystems-objective based approach for fisheries and oceans management.
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