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Canada and the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance (AAORIA)

About the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance

The All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance (AAORIA) is an ongoing cooperative ocean science effort involving countries and organizations from along and across the Atlantic Ocean basin. AAORIA aims to advance a shared vision of outcome-oriented science and innovation to support a safe, healthy, and sustainable Atlantic Ocean for future generations.

AAORIA builds upon the success of existing agreements and initiatives, in particular the:

In 2022, Canada and others signed the All-Altantic Declaration that renewed a shared commitment to cooperate on ocean science, focusing on the following:

  • Increasing our understanding of the relationship between the ocean and climate, and to develop outcome-oriented science for mitigating and adapting to its consequences.
  • Monitoring, protecting and restoring marine ecosystems and biodiversity, thereby enhancing their resilience and potential for adaptation to climate change and other natural and anthropogenic stressors.
  • Tackling the impacts of marine pollution, including plastics, on marine species and ecosystems.
  • Developing innovative, outcome-oriented science to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Coordinating Atlantic Ocean observing and seabed mapping efforts and improving modeling capacities.
  • Promoting circular, sustainable and inclusive ocean economies.
  • Promoting ocean literacy and broadening engagement in ocean sciences and ocean sustainability.

Current AAORIA Partners

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Cabo Verde
  • European Union
  • Morocco
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Interested in joining? Discover how to become an AAORIA Partner or Supporter in the AAORIA Terms of Reference.


AAORIA Partners and Supporters gather annually at the All-Atlantic Forum to discuss accomplishments, ongoing activities, and future ocean research initiatives.

2024 AAORIA Forum

Canada hosts the 2024 AAORIA Forum in Ottawa, Ontario from October 8-10, 2024. Get the latest on the 2024 AAORIA Forum.

Past AAORIA Forums

The 2023 AAORIA Forum was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from November 21-22, 2023. Read the 2023 AAORIA Forum Joint Outcome Statement here.

The 2022 AAORIA Forum was held in two parts: a Scientific Event in Brasilia, Brazil from May 31-June 2, 2022, followed by a Ministerial Event in Washington, D.C., United States from July 12-14, 2022. Read the 2022 AAORIA Forum Joint Statement here.

AAORIA Activities

More information about the various activities that are working to facilitate and promote cooperative ocean science across the Atlantic Ocean is available on AAORIA's website.

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