Protecting our marine and coastal areas from potential oil spills -  Oceans Protection Plan

Backgrounder

Canada’s coasts are home to productive ecosystems that support the livelihoods of Indigenous and coastal communities. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will bring together top researchers from across the country and around the world to increase our understanding of how oil spills behave, how best to contain them and clean them up, and how to minimize their environmental impacts.

The $45.5 million Multi-Partner Research Initiative will draw on the knowledge and experience of oil spill experts in Canada and abroad. The initiative will support at least 35 projects and give rise to new partnerships, improved knowledge and new technologies that will help raise awareness and mitigate the impacts of oil spills and other marine incidents.

While most MPRI funding will go toward research initiatives in Canada (to be announced separately), six international organizations will receive investments for 12 projects under the Multi-Partner Research Initiative:



Recipient Name of project Timeframe Funding amount

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Canberra, Australia
(Dr. Elisabeth Fulton)

Direct and indirect ecosystem responses to oil spills and options for interventions

Six months

$204,101

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Canberra, Australia
(Dr. Pascal Craw)

Combined microbial sampler and physical sensor payload for rapid oil spill surveillance at depth

Six months

$243,225

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, USA
(Dr. Joseph Katz)

Effects of crude oil properties, dispersants and weathering on the breakup of plumes and slicks

Four years

$760,000

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey, USA
(Dr. Michel C. Boufadel)

Oil droplet formation from underwater releases with and without the presence of gas at various dispersant-to-oil ratios – implications for herders and dispersant effectiveness when oil reaches the surface

Four years

$749,800

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey, USA
(Dr. Michel C. Boufadel)

Capturing the behaviour of oil on the metre scale – oil convergence due to waterfronts and vertical advection

Four years

$299,999

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey, USA
(Dr. Lin Zhao)

Impact of particle shape and hydrophobicity on the formation of oil particle aggregates – a combined experimental/numerical investigation leading to formation of a predictive model

Four years

$556,025

SINTEF Ocean
Trondheim, Norway
(Per Daling)

Artificial energy by water flushing after dispersant treatment in calm seas or iced waters

One year

$45,000

SINTEF Ocean
Trondheim, Norway
(Per Daling)

Better characteristics of burned residues from field- and laboratory-generated onsite burning

One year

$110,000

SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, Norway (Per Daling)

Low sulphur fuels – a new generation of marine fuel oils

Nine months

$110,000

SINTEF Ocean
Trondheim, Norway
(Roman Netzer)

Assessing effectiveness of bio-based agents for oil spill treatment in Arctic and subarctic environments

One year

$40,000

Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas, USA
(Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky)

Computer modeling to forecast risks, needs and challenges for responses to offshore oil spills

Four years

$400,000

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
(Dr. Collin Ward)

Quantifying the effect of oil photochemical oxidation on the performance of chemical herders in Canadian waters

Three years

$637,666

Total: $4,155,816


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