National Contaminants Advisory Group — Selected Research Projects


The National Contaminants Advisory Group works with external researchers from universities and other research organizations to better understand the biological effects of contaminants on our aquatic species.

Below is a list of recipients who received funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s National Contaminants Advisory Group to study oil and gas-related contaminants starting in 2017-2018. These projects fall under a $16.8 M investment under the Oceans Protection Plan to understand the behaviour of oil in water.


Name of research project

Years of research project

Funding contribution from DFO

Simon Fraser University

(Dr. Kennedy)

The environmental effects of diluted bitumen on marine phytoplankton, macroalgae and intertidal vascular plants (3-years)




University of Saskatchewan

(Dr. Jardine)

Evaluating effects of the Husky Energy pipeline spill on fishes in the North Saskatchewan River




University of Victoria

(Dr. Helbing)

Enabling rapid evaluation of biological effects of oil spills on juvenile Pacific salmon in coastal habitats




Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Centre Eau Terre Environnement

(Dr. Couture)

Examination of the toxicity of diluted bitumen on freshwater fish




Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Centre Eau Terre Environnement

(Dr. Langlois)

Responses of wild fish to a controlled spill of diluted bitumen in enclosures deployed in a boreal lake at the International Institute for Sustainable Development-Experimental Lake Area (IISD-ELA), Northwestern Ontario




University of Guelph

(Dr. Gillis)

Effects and biomarkers of diluted bitumen exposure relevant to seawater transition in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)




Dalhousie University

(Dr. Niu)

Modeling the fate/transport of refined oil products and assessment

of their biological effects


2017 – 2018




Total $1,405,000

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