Science Branch, Maritimes Region, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
Data Center Description
The Maritimes Region is one of the largest and most diverse of the six Department of Fisheries and Oceans administrative regions across Canada. Its programs provide the full range of services within the department's mandate.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) manages and ensures safe, healthy, productive waters and aquatic resources for the benefit of present and future generations. It strives to advance this vision by maintaining the highest global standards of marine safety, environmental protection, scientific excellence, conservation, and sustainable resource use.
The Maritimes Region's science staff conduct research vital to protecting Canada's oceans and fresh water bodies from polluting effects and enhancing the ability to understand, conserve and manage these resources. Some research activities are conducted as far north as the Canadian Arctic. Specifically, the staff performs research on the changing oceans and influences on marine life, the regional aquaculture industry, and the status of commercial species, which remains a staple of our operations. Oceanographers perform research to understand and predict changes in the environment of the ocean and ocean processes. In addition, they chart, survey, measure, and describe Canada's waters and tides to facilitate commercial navigation and fishing activities, as well as map the ocean floor.