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Canada's Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems, 2022 – Come see what we see

Canada's Oceans Now: Atlantic Ecosystems 2022 describes status and trends in Atlantic Canada's marine ecosystems up to the end of 2021. This report is based on key findings and summaries of the marine ecosystem's physical, chemical, and biological components detailed in the newest State of the Atlantic Ocean Synthesis Report.


Curious about what's happening in Canada's Atlantic Ocean?

Come see what scientists see

We see warmer and more acidic waters throughout the Atlantic impacting species, food webs and their habitats.

We see nutrients and plankton returning to near average levels.

We see eelgrass and kelp growing well along some coasts and declining on others

We see shifts in communities of fish and invertebrates as some species increase and others decrease

  • The number of Atlantic Cod and the forage fish they depend on remain low, but
  • the number of American Lobster and redfish are increasing
  • Recovery of Atlantic Salmon has been challenging and their numbers remain low, but
  • some endangered pelagic sharks are showing signs of recovery.

We see whales migrating in a noisier and busier ocean

  • North Atlantic Right Whales are visiting new areas to seek out more of their preferred food

Using technology and tools we've

  • discovered new sponge species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and
  • followed whales to find the important habitats where they forage and socialize.

Come explore Canada’s Atlantic ecosystems through our eyes.

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